Join our school of English in Torbay

Discover the hidden sights of Devon when you stay in Torbay. Three friendly seaside towns and typical English countryside are easily visited while you relax and improve your language skills.

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Why you will love to learn English in Torbay

With our recently renovated school of English in Torbay,  you will notice that this area truly has something for everyone: Paignton’s sandy beaches, Brixham’s fishing port and Torquay’s busy town centre are just some of the options. Likewise, enjoy the water park, beaches, history, go-kart racing, pubs, clubs, restaurants… you name it, we have it! Almost as far south as you can go, and with the best temperatures in Britain.

In and around Torbay, the beautiful scenery and nature will hypnotize you. Furthermore, you will learn English in England with the world famous Dartmoor on the doorstep. However, if you prefer urban life, the historic cities of Plymouth and Exeter are within easy reach.

As you can see, LAL Torbay is the perfect place to take an English course during your holiday.

Location Highlights

  • We are located in a pleasant residential area only a short walk away from the town centre.
  • Local transport links are excellent for travelling around the Bay and to visit cities such as Exeter and Plymouth.
  • Our beautiful coastline is complemented by the surrounding green countryside filled with typical English villages and thatched-roof cottages.
Free WiFi
On-site Cafe
Lounge Area

LAL Torbay School of English

  • Excellent premises. 22 classrooms, a dedicated Internet study room, free wireless internet access and an attractive garden and patio.
  • The versatility of our courses allows us to address everybody’s needs and areas of interest depending on their requirements.
  • Course books which cover every aspect of the English language and lessons focused on individual learning and needs within the group.
  • Our syllabus is modern and thorough, with emphasis on common areas of interest.
Minimum Age
Max students per class

Lesson Schedule

Getting around

Local Transport

  • London Heathrow Airport (LHR) 5 hours by coach
  • Bristol Airport (BRS) 2 hours by taxi
  • Exeter Airport (EXT) 45 minutes by taxi
  • Regular buses cover all Torbay, a weekly ticket costs about £17
  • Paignton railway station 10 minutes walk from the school
  • Torbay to London 3.5 hours by direct train, from £40 return
  • Torbay to London 6 hours by coach, from £35 return


We operate transfers from all major international airports in the region:

Shared Transfers with representative (all London airports)

  • Public transport, LAL or LAL leased vehicles or private vehicles with other LAL students
  • You will be met and assisted by an LAL representative

Shared Transfers without representative

  • As above but only public transport. Ticket will be sent in advance
  • You will not be met by an LAL representative

Private Transfers

  • Private vehicles with the student or students who booked the transfer
  • You will be met by an LAL representative or the driver

Real Life English Excursions

At LAL we believe that living in English and experiencing local adventures are the best way to learn English outside of the classroom. For that, we’ve organized a unique set of activities that will empower our students to get the best of each location.

Greenway House and Gardens

Visit Greenway House and Gardens, Agatha Christie’s holiday home which inspired a murder mystery or two.

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Berry Pomeroy was built in the 15th century and was a picturesque ruin by 1710. It has been a popular tourist attraction ever since, particularly as it is said to be the most haunted castle in England!

Boscastle and Tintagel

Explore the picturesque village of Boscastle and maybe visit the Witchcraft Museum. Later, visit Tintagel, home of the legend of King Arthur, where you will visit the ruins of the castle down by the sea.


This beautiful city is steeped in history that dates back to the Roman times when it became the furthest Roman settlement in the west of England. But Exeter also has some of England’s finest Tudor Architecture. Explore them all!


Get a taste of a time when Plymouth was one of the largest and most important seaports in England. Listen to amazing stories and enjoy the major attractions of this city.

Mystery Pub Tour

Visit at least two traditional Devon pubs in the area, chosen by our driver/guide for their character, charm and typically very picturesque South Devon settings.

Kents Cavern

Visit the famous prehistoric caves at Kents Cavern, where humans lived over half a million years ago and natural stalactites and stalagmites can be seen.

Land’s End and St Ives

Travel down to the far west of England to Land’s End, the most westerly point of both Cornwall and England. Later, visit the pretty town of St Ives. This is famous for its slate roof houses, the Tate Gallery and artists who work around the harbour.


Explore the town of Dartmouth, home to the Royal Naval College, with its cobbled narrow streets, quaint old shops and wonderful historic atmosphere of this lovely town.

Sharpham Vineyard

Set in a stunning location by the river Dart, Sharpham vineyard has been producing world-class wine for over 30 years. Their wines regularly win international awards. Your tour will be followed by an informal wine and cheese tasting.


Discover Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, and cross over the River Severn, enjoy some spectacular views down the Bristol Channel and explore the various attractions and shopping areas that Cardiff has to offer.

Cockington and Torquay

Visit the village of Cockington, a unique village with traditional thatched cottages, tea rooms and the old blacksmith’s shop. Then, move on to Torquay to explore the town and harbour.


See the oldest Guildhall in England and the ruins of Totnes castle standing above the town as a legacy to the power of the Norman era.


Visit Brixham, the smallest town in Torbay, along with a stop off at the natural beauty of Berry Head Country Park and Nature Reserve for some breathtaking views of Torbay.

Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor is a wild area of Devon which is famous for its landscape and heritage. Nearly half of Dartmoor’s 368 square miles (942 square km) is open moorland, home to a unique breed of horse, the Dartmoor Pony.

Language Courses in Torbay

  • Cambridge Exam Preparation Courses

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  • General English + IELTS

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Accommodation in Torbay

LAL Torbay has several options to help you find the perfect place to stay during your English course.

Twenty9 Hotel in Torbay

17 minutes on foot

Students will have the opportunity of being just meters away from the beach, enjoying amazing views and a wide variety of amenities. Students will also benefit from being a short walking distance to our school.

Homestay in Torbay

5 to 45 minutes on foot or a short bus journey; average 30 minutes.

Staying with a host family is a great way to discover the English way of life and practise your English language.

Further Information

Important Information School closing dates: 20 - 28 Dec 2021, 03 Jan, 15 Apr, 02 May, 26 Dec – 30 Dec 2022


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