The Riviera International Conference Centre - Torquay, Devon TQ2 5LZ
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member AngelPick
N 50° 27.855 W 003° 32.312
30U E 461777 N 5590388
Quick Description: The English Riviera’s very own “convention center”.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/13/2011 2:08:33 AM
Waymark Code: WMD38N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 4

Long Description:
I was here for yet another conference and upon arrival thought “I’m sure this place can be waymarked” and lo and behold it can.

Formerly the site of the Rosetor Hotel, which must have commanded some fine views. The hotel was used between 1939 and 1945 as accommodation for cadets in training. Torquay was taken over by soldiers from all forces and nations. Must have been a shock to the locals who were used to “townies” enjoying the sleepy Victorian resort. Enough about those times though, what about the conference centre itself:

Built in 1987 and from the outside looks almost 25 years old. Typical of 1980’s construction techniques, lots of grey concrete and sharp corners. It also has tacked on the side “Waves”, a “lifestyle Health and Fitness” suite. A gym and swimming pool to you and I.
The conference centre has 10 meeting rooms, a 1500 capacity conference hall, break out rooms for 400 delegates, a 1750m2 exhibition hall and banqueting facilities for over 1200 guests.

Located close to the seafont, but far enough away (if you know what I mean) and next to the famous Torre Abbey and a multitude of hotels and guest houses.
Plenty of parking if you arrive early enough, but, it is a “pay and display” car park and the local parking enforcement team are very hot and do check so be careful. My advice is to walk from your hotel unless you are (un)lucky enough to be attending one of the many conferences it holds each year.

One of the photograps I have taken was from the basket of the “HiFlyer” tethered balloon. An impressive attraction and if you get a spare hour and the wind is less than 15 knots definitely have a go. Amazing views over the bay.
Size (optional): 10 meeting rooms, 1500 capacity conference hall.

Ownership: Private

Annual Events (optional):
See website for past and future events.

Address (optional):
Chestnut Ave
Torquay, Devon United Kingdom

Convention Center website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
Tell about your experience at this facility. Did you go for a convention? Photos are welcome but not required. Please no virtual visits.
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