The Agatha Christie Mile

The Agatha Christie Mile

Drift back into the style and opulence of the Jazz Age as you retrace the steps of the world’s best-selling author along nearby Torquay’s seafront.

Starting at either the Imperial Hotel or the Grand Hotel, the Agatha Christie Mile takes you to some of the places that were inspirational in her life and works, with seven unique plaques to find along way.

Places to look out for include:

The Grand Hotel Where Agatha spent her honeymoon night with Archie Christie on Christmas Eve 1914. The hotel still retains an Agatha Christie Suite.

Torre Abbey Garden Home of the Agatha Christie Potent Plants collection inspired by the poisons and potions in her books.

Princess Pier A favourite spot of Agatha’s for roller-skating, and built in the same year she was born.

Princess Gardens Features in the ABC Murders.

The Pavilion It was after attending a Wagner concert here that Archie Christie proposed to the young Agatha Miller.

Agatha Christie Bust A bronze bust created to commemorate the Agatha Christie Centenary Year in 1990 by Dutch sculptor Carol Van Den Boom-Cairns.

Royal Torbay Yacht Club Agatha’s father Frederick Miller was a prominent member here.

Beacon Cove Once known as Ladies Bathing Cove. It was here that Agatha got into difficulty whilst swimming and almost drowned.

Living Coasts Overlooks the cove from its terrace.

Imperial Hotel Featured in several novels.

Torquay Museum Home to the UK’s only dedicated Agatha Christie Gallery.

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Churston Church and the famous Agatha Christie Window When holidaying at Greenway, Agatha Christie regularly attended the Church of St Mary the Virgin in the village of Churston Ferrers. In 1955, she donated the royalties from her short story Greenshaw’s Folly (which appears in The Adventures of the Christmas Pudding) to the church, to pay for a new stained glass window. The east-facing window, designed by Bideford artist James Patterson, depicts Jesus as the Good Shepherd in Agatha’s favourite colours of greens and mauves.

The church opens for services and is usually open throughout the September Agatha Christie Festival. It is very close to the Weary Ploughman and makes an enjoyable stroll through Churston Ferrers.

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Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway is the holiday line with steam trains running for seven miles in Great Western tradition along the spectacular Torbay coast to Churston and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart estuary to Kingswear.

The scenery is superb, with seascapes right across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill on clear days.  Approaching Kingswear is the beautiful River Dart, with its fascinating craft, and on the far side, the olde worlde town of Dartmouth and the famous Britannia Royal Naval College, Butterwalk, Bayard’s Cove and Dartmouth Castle.

Agatha Christie would have taken the train all the way to Churston (next to the Weary Ploughman) when she holidayed at Greenway, and Churston Station features in her novel The ABC Murders.

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