Cockington Country Park
Cockington Country Park
4.5
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Cockington Country Park surrounds the picture postcard Cockington Village which lies just off the seafront near Torquay. The Country Park is free to walk around and features beautiful formal gardens, lakes and woodlands which can be enjoyed via a network of paths. Cockington Court and Cafe are nearby, along with a collection of craft studios where you can browse the creations of local artists and crafts people. The Cockington Country Park is cared for by local charity the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust, who's volunteers operate a Visitor Centre in the village. Car parking is chargeable, although Trust members can park for free in the Trust's car park. Visit our website for more details. The park is open from dawn until dusk.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Alison W
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice country park
    Well-maintained country park, well laid-out footpaths, plenty of benches and grassy areas. There are craft shops at the entrance (including chocolate and jewellery). Cafe with comfortable seating and toilets (including for the disabled).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Phil A
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning village
    What an absolute hidden treasure. It is a beautiful place for a walk with lots of chocolate box houses and quirky shops. My favourite thing was the old iron work and glass blowing shops. You ne er get to see this type of thing live, so I was pretty stunned how amazing it all is. My wife is now trying to talk me into moving here when we retire.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Mark W
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As quaint as it gets.
    Cockington village is as quaint as it gets. Whilst very small, it has a lovely collection of thatched buildings, including a tea house, shops and an old blacksmith's which is now converted to a gift shop. Just up from the village centre there is a craft village and church and we chose to take a walk on the circular country walk, which gave us a lovely hour or two in the countryside. Finishing off with a cream tea in the tea house, this is a perfect place for a few hours in the English countryside.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • idopam
    331 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step back in time
    Beautiful country park with lakes and walks to wander, the village of picture perfect thatched houses was a pleasure to walk around. There are great little shops and cafes in the village. The cafe within Cockington Court served up a delicious scone with generous portions of jam and cream, the teas and coffee were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the crafts and workshops, everyone was so friendly, we came home with beautiful glassware and gin.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
  • Lynne B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cockington
    Beautiful olde world village with some really lovely cottages. Good sized car park within a short walk of both the village tea rooms and the Drum pub which was a delight to visit with extensive outside seating and a large area for children and dogs to run around in.Visited on a Sunday so buses from torquay centre ran every 20 minutes. Walked into the village along the road but walked back along the fairly flat path through the nature reserve. Did not get to see in the cockington visitor centre as it was not open Aretha time ofvour visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2024
  • Rubyrhu
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely afternoon visit
    We had a lovely afternoon exploring the grounds and sitting in the sunshine. The church was absolutely beautiful and so peaceful. We also enjoyed watching the glass blowing and choosing a few gifts to take home. We would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 20, 2024
  • MomDawn
    St. Albans, United Kingdom331 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely gardens and nice to walk round.
    Nice little village but really liked the gardens of Cockington Court. There are art galleries, somewhere to grab a drink. We also went into the beautiful church which is well set up for donations (card tap). Next time we will plan better to take the walk tot he beach.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 24, 2024
  • Betholivia
    Cornwall, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful! 🌸
    Such a pretty place! We were too late for the shops and fairs as we didn’t go until early evening, but we still had a lovely walk around the village and gardens and it was beautiful. Would definitely come back during the day next time we are in the area.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2024
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Matthew C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We were recommended a visit to Cockington by our hotel hosts, it was beautiful, we walked along the country walk and enjoyed all the sights,
Lovely pub and beautiful setting,
We will definitely return when back in Torquay.
Written June 16, 2024
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Marie P
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Lovely place for a walk, with artisan crafts, love Our Glass, great cafe for food & drink only down side are hot drinks being served in paper cups with the tea bag left in cup which spoiled the tea, would have preferred proper cup & tea pot like the old cafe did.
Written June 6, 2024
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Corina
Leeds, UK40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Visited today and needed the toilet whilst there.
On the map it said toilets in the car park .
I had a radar key for the disabled toilet.
The disabled toilet was padlocked and so was the ladies and gents toilet.
Disgraceful.
The visitor centre was also closed .
Unbelievable.
I believe there was a disabled toilet in there.
A right cockington cock up if you ask me.
I was going back on the bus to Torquay so didn't have time to be eating in a cafe just so I could use their toilet .
Written May 21, 2024
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Betholivia
Cornwall, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Such a pretty place! We were too late for the shops and fairs as we didn’t go until early evening, but we still had a lovely walk around the village and gardens and it was beautiful. Would definitely come back during the day next time we are in the area.
Written April 27, 2024
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MomDawn
St. Albans, UK331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Nice little village but really liked the gardens of Cockington Court. There are art galleries, somewhere to grab a drink.
We also went into the beautiful church which is well set up for donations (card tap).
Next time we will plan better to take the walk tot he beach.
Written April 24, 2024
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Rubyrhu
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a lovely afternoon exploring the grounds and sitting in the sunshine. The church was absolutely beautiful and so peaceful. We also enjoyed watching the glass blowing and choosing a few gifts to take home. We would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area.
Written April 20, 2024
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Lynne B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful olde world village with some really lovely cottages. Good sized car park within a short walk of both the village tea rooms and the Drum pub which was a delight to visit with extensive outside seating and a large area for children and dogs to run around in.Visited on a Sunday so buses from torquay centre ran every 20 minutes. Walked into the village along the road but walked back along the fairly flat path through the nature reserve.
Did not get to see in the cockington visitor centre as it was not open Aretha time ofvour visit.
Written February 12, 2024
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Melanie D
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Quaint little village. Thatched houses. Nice park. There is a small cafe but this closes at 2.30pm. There is a pub up the hill which was nice and served food all day. Worth a visit
Written October 28, 2023
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coppercurls2016
Devizes, UK3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A well-marketed disappointment. Gone are the days of seeing a blacksmith in the old forge or feeling/seeing the traditional Cockington, or building memories of a lovely visit to chocolate box houses.

Those who know the place from years ago are advised to hold on to your lovely memories and to avoid a trip down nostalgia lane - you will be sorely disappointed.

What you have is a commercialised tacky tourist haunt with an unwelcoming visitor centre. The gift shops sell tat that you can find in other tacky gift shops around the country - where are the small, unique, local, handmade, artisan products? The old forge is a lovely building but those in charge should be ashamed of what is for sale inside the building.

We walked to the manor and ate at the cafe - no proper service with crockery and proper cutlery - take away boxes, wooden cutlery, a paper cup for mineral water. Apparently, this was due to staff shortages yet I saw several staff hanging about with little to do. Having said this the lady on the till was pleasant and learning the role. My sandwich wasn't what I ordered
(chef error not till error) and had to be sent back, and although it tasted fine it took a VERY long time for the two sandwiches we ordered to arrive - and it was very quiet so being busy couldn't be an excuse! A poorly run cafe, which is not good value. This place could be so much more and a real focus, if properly run. Goodness knows how they cope when large groups come in (one was due). Perhaps they focus on any large group at the expense of any ad hoc custom. Either way, it is not an acceptable way to run a catering establishment. Also, we may as well have been invisible in the artists' gift shop - there was no basic customer service. We wouldn't have bought anything there anyway but a hello, goodbye etc would not have gone amiss!

Written October 13, 2023
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idopam
scotland331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Beautiful country park with lakes and walks to wander, the village of picture perfect thatched houses was a pleasure to walk around. There are great little shops and cafes in the village. The cafe within Cockington Court served up a delicious scone with generous portions of jam and cream, the teas and coffee were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the crafts and workshops, everyone was so friendly, we came home with beautiful glassware and gin.
Written October 11, 2023
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