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Our History

The Grand, discover hidden memories within the walls of Torquay's landmark hotel

Built in 1881

Steeped in history

The Grand Hotel first opened its doors in 1881, in response to the Great Western Railway’s expansion into the South West. To this day the hotel respectfully pays homage to over a century of history, with its striking Victorian architecture, elegant interiors, and its commanding seafront location.

A wartime requisition

Moments in history

During World War II the hotel was requisitioned by the Royal Air Force. The restaurant acted as one large dormitory and sat beneath the wallpaper of rooms on the fourth floor lie messages and dates, the scribbles of the resident aircrews. The Grand reopened as a hotel in 1946.

Great Western Railway

The Vision

The arrival of long-distance train travel fuelled the development of Torquay, with The Grand Hotel playing host to the influx of new visitors to Torquay. Located within walking distance of the hotel, the railway meant travellers from London or further afield had access to the delights of Torquay within hours. A revolution in travel for its era and one still utilised today.

Stays to remember

Famous Faces

Over the years, The Grand Hotel has welcomed many famous guests. From rock royalty, The Rolling Stones, to literary legend Agatha Christie, who famously spent her honeymoon at the Grand and as a result has a suite created in her honour.

Present Day

Richardson Hotels

The Richardson Hotel Group is a collection of four very individual hotels, situated in the most stunning locations on the South Devon and Cornwall coasts. All offer striking period architecture, breath-taking views and award-winning dining.