Welcome to the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark!
Explore our Geopark - Interactive Map
The whole of Torbay has been designated a Geopark in 2007 by UNESCO because of our unique and often spectacular geology and natural environment.
While many of the 195 UNESCO Global Geoparks around the world are in remoter areas, often away from towns and cities, the English Riviera Geopark is fairly unique in that it also happens to encompass one of the UK’s most popular seaside resorts. It is one of only two ‘urban’ geoparks in the UK.
The Geopark not only covers 62.4km2 land but also 41.5km2 of the marine area of Torbay. Whilst geology may be at the heart of the designation, Geoparks also encompass other areas of heritage, including history, culture, archaeology and biodiversity.
Find out how to enjoy the Geopark responsibly here
UNESCO Global Geoparks share the story of our Planet.
A Geopark is an area of globally recognised, unique geological interest designated by UNESCO. A place where you can touch a very special part of the Earth's story and be amazed by the extraordinary landscapes, mountains, coastlines, places and people.
Our Geopark, covering the entire area of Torbay, is Naturally Inspiring. It shares stories of a landscape untouched by glaciation unseen elsewhere in the world. Stories of tropical seas and scorching deserts, raised beaches and drowned forests, hippopotami and mammoth, straight-tusked elephant and sabre-toothed tiger, cave bear and earliest man...
News from the Geopark
KENTS CAVERN ENTERS A NEW ERA AS IT JOINS THE TUDOR HOTELS COLLECTION
Geopark Partners Kents Cavern are delighted to announce that Kents Cavern has officially become part of the Tudor Hotels Collection
Geodiversity Day 2023
Torbay's Local Heritage Grant Scheme - first round of grants awarded
The first of Torbay’s Local Heritage Grants have been awarded to 12 projects in Brixham, Paignton and Torquay. These range from visitor improvements for both the historic Brixham Battery and Torquay Museum, and community projects in Paignton; to literary inspired murals, podcasts, heritage days and innovative projects exploring our geological history across the English Riviera’s UNESCO designated environment.
Exciting season of creative and cultural events for Paignton
A major series of creative events has been announced for Torbay. The four-week programme titled Open Season is part of Torbay’s Cultural Development Fund project focused on Paignton Picture House.
ENGLISH RIVIERA UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK INCLUDED IN UNIQUE UK UNESCO SITES ON NEW ILLUSTRATED MAP
- New map launched that includes all 58 UK UNESCO sites for the first time
- Map illustration by artist Tom Woolley
- Visitors encouraged to discover new sites and destinations on their doorstep
The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark prepares for UNESCO inspection.
Every four years a team of two UNESCO Global Geopark representatives chosen from across the globe conduct a formal revalidation inspection on the English Riviera’s geopark status.
Funding for new Geopark Discovery Trails and Experiences
UKSPF funding will see the creation of new Geopark walking trails and experiences. Led by the English Riviera BID Company.
£1.76 million Shared Prosperity Funding to increase life chances and opportunities in Torbay
The fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment across the UK by March 2025, replacing EU structural funds. Its overarching aim is to build pride in place and increase life chances across the UK.
Events in the Geopark
6 Jun -
Kents Cavern - Guided Tour (Daily from 10:30am - 5:00pm)Kents Cavern
Step into the Stone Age at Britain's oldest home. We will guide you through an extensive system...
6 Jun -
Agatha Christie's extraordinary life (Daily 10am or 2:30pm)English Riviera Walking Tours
English Riviera Guided Walks Calendar - English Riviera Walking Tours • Find out about...
6 Jun -
Cycle the Geopark:Cockington Valley
The Cockington Valley loop is a 9.6 km trail with varied terrain that takes you through lush...
14 Jul -
English Riviera Summer Open 2023Artizan Gallery
The annual English Riviera Summer Open Exhibition returns for another year Join Artizan as they...
6 - 28 Oct
Artizan Women's Open ExhibitionArtizan Collective, Fleet Street, Torquay
A Rich Tapestry of Art In reflecting on their collections, the National Gallery recognises,...
1 Nov -
Open Climbing Club (Every Wednesday)Parkfield Climbing Wall, Colin Road, Paignton
Open Climbing @ Parkfield Climbing Wall (not suitable for beginners), Climbing Clubs The Reach...
7 Nov -
Reach Outdoors - Climbing Club (Tuesdays, weekly),Parkfield Climbing Wall, Paignton
Juniors (School years 2-6) Y oung Climbers ClubAvailable tickets: School Years 2 to 6...
Meet our patron
Television's favourite geologist Prof. Iain Stewart is patron of the English Riviera Geopark.
Iain is the presenter of Journeys from the Centre of the Earth, the award winning BBC series Earth - The Power of the Planet and his current BBC series How Earth Made Us.
Hong Kong GeoparkIn November 2009, the English Riviera Geopark signed a partnership agreement with the Hong Kong Geopark, allowing both Geoparks to strengthen their international relationship. Click here to find out more about our sister Geopark
Peplows Chartered Accountants
Supporting the English Riviera Global Geopark
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