I’d driving and walked by Preston Gardens many times over the years, so I thought I would actually stop and walk through the area. There’s not an awful lot there, just the sundial, a rock garden and flower beds. It’s a nice place for people to go relax and chill out in the sun.
- The Gardens were formally opened in 1960.
- The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Maritime Sundial was unveiled in October 2006.
- The plague on the sundial reads, “Torbay Civic Society. Golden Jubilee Maritime Sundial. Presented by Torbay Civic Society and Torbay Council to celebrate the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June 2002. 2006”
- The wording around the perimeter of the concrete circle is “Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow.”
The gardens belonged to Preston House owned by Major Butland which was demolished in the 1950’s to make way for the car park.
- For a while it was known as Blind Park, as there were scented flower beds with braille plaques. However these have since been lost or removed.
Old Torquay Rd, TQ3 2HB.
- Car, Alongside there is a long stay pay and display car park with 48 spaces, including 2 disabled spaces.
- Dogs are allowed all year.
- Easy walk and wheelchair friendly.
- Be aware of the seagulls if your outside with food.
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