Cary Park is a large open space that has seen better days.
I’d driven past here almost daily for years and so I decided to actually stop and have a wander around to see what it’s like. Typically not much to see really, there’s a memorial fountain at one end and just tree covered walking area to the other end. There’s more further down toward the church with tennis courts and a kids play area, but I didn’t have enough time to walk down there.
The park was provided to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The land was given by Robert S.S. Cary (hence its name) and was designed and constructed by the St Marychurch Local Board. Robert Cary died in 1898 and the fountain in Park was erected by his widow in 1903.
- In 1854 huge crowds attended the first Torquay horse race here and there was a grandstand for the attending VIPs. This flat field venue was ideal for large meetings and the West of England Agricultural Show was also staged here.
- Bowling green
- Tennis courts
- Children’s playground
Nothing at the park itself, but plenty to choose from nearby.
- Angels Cafe
- Babbacombe Inn
- Buccaneer Inn
- Cary Arms
- Hanburys Fish & Chips
Cary Park Torquay TQ1 3JU.
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