Torbay is one of England’s most popular holiday resorts. It has everything you need for a great vacation, from long beaches to good food. Soak up the sun, take to the water or explore the harbours full of luxury yachts. Relax in a pavement café, or enjoy a pint in a pub. Explore a little further and discover beautiful coastline, lush green countryside and rugged moorland. Try the local fish, enjoy a cream tea, and learn English on the English Riviera.
The south coast of Devon is a great place to learn English. You will use your new language skills while you discover an area that is typically English, yet feels more like the south of France. It’s a great place to study, and a great place to enjoy your vacation: the perfect location for a language holiday.
LAL Torbay is proud to be a member of English UK and Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English.
Number of Classrooms31
Max Class Size15
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EXT, BRS, LHR, LGW, LTN, STN
- Free wireless internet access
- Free computer access
- Listening Facilities
- Lounge Area
- Drinks available
- Wheelchair access
Kents Cavern with a Taste of Devon
Visit the famous prehistoric caves at Kent’s Cavern. See where human presence dates back at least half a million years and the natural stalactites and stalagmites. Included is admission and fully escorted Kent’s Cavern professional guided tour and traditional cream tea.
Area and travel guide
Torbay is one of England’s most popular holiday resorts. It has everything you need for a great vacation, from long beaches to good food. Soak up the sun, explore the harbours, relax in a café, or enjoy a pint in a pub. Explore a little further and discover beautiful coastline, lush green countryside and rugged moorland. Try the local fish, enjoy a cream tea, and learn English on the English Riviera.
Torbay is a traditional English seaside resort, but our excellent climate, sub-tropical gardens, harbours full of luxury yachts and elegant houses overlooking the sea have given the area the nickname of ‘the English Riviera’. The three Riviera towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham surround a sun-trap bay lined with sandy beaches. Each town has its own character, and together they welcome 1.5 million visitors from all over the world every year. The Bay is surrounded by stunning countryside and is within easy reach of world-famous sights, such as Stonehenge and the Cornish coasts.
Life in Britain
Travelling should be an adventure: but it shouldn't be difficult. This section will tell you everything you need to know, from currency to when the shops will be open: and where to get the best fish and chips.Find out more
Download our travel guide
The LAL Torbay Guide is full of useful information about living and studying in Torbay. From your first day to going home, find out about the school, life in Britain, keeping safe, where to go, what to see and how to get there!Download the Guide (PDF, 2MB)
Keeping Safe and Sound
We want to you to enjoy your time in England, and to stay safe and healthy. Our staff are available to help you with any concerns you may have, and here is some useful advice to help keep you 'safe and sound'.Read more
Travel and Transport
It's easy to get around Torbay thanks to our good bus network, and we're well-connected to London and other cities too.Find out more
Arrival and first day
LAL offers a reliable Standard Transfers service every Sunday from major airports in the UK. This service is described in detail below. Please note that Standard Transfers must be booked, with full flight details for arrival and departure as appropriate, at least three weeks before the student's arrival.
We offer reasonably priced transfers at specific times on Sundays throughout the year from Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), Stansted (STN), Luton (LTN), Bristol (BRS), Exeter (EXT).
Meet and Greet
Our airport representatives in the Arrivals meeting hall will meet all students arriving at Heathrow. Our staff will wear red polo shirts (and red rain coats if it is wet) and carry clipboards marked with the LAL logo.
Students arriving at other airports will either be met by our airport representatives as above, or a driver holding clipboards marked with the school's logo.Full details and help
Making your own way to LAL
If you wish to make your own way to LAL Torbay, it's easy to get here by coach or train, or by car.
National Express Coaches run direct from Heathrow to Paignton.
Fast trains run from Heathrow to Paddington and from Paddington to Paignton, and from Gatwick to Paignton with a change at Reading.
You can book through tickets from Europe to Devon via the Channel Tunnel.Travel information
First day info
Adult students should come to LAL Torbay between 08.00 and 08.15 on their first weekday morning - usually Monday. There will be a test to check your levels and an introduction to the school, followed by a tour of the town.More information
Depending on where you were born, where you live now and which course you wish to study, you may require a visa to study with us in the UK. In general, students can study with us without a visa if they hold a passport from the EU, European Economic Area or from Switzerland.
Students from other countries may require one of five different types of visa to study with LAL in England.