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Paignton is located on the South Devon coast in the centre of the English Riviera between Brixham to the south and Torquay to the north.

Paignton is famous for it's sandy beaches and the family fun events (Carnival Week, Children's Week that are staged every year on and next to the beach).

There is also

Paignton Zoo, considered to be the 3rd largest in England and where the BBC filmed the Zookeepers.

Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo

South Devon Steam Railway, operates the railway between Paignton, Goodrington, Churston and Kingswear with opportunity for holidaymakers to take a ferry across the river Dart to Dartmouth.

Kents Cavern, Britains oldest home, Awarded best attraction in the South West of England 2008

Paignton Harbour, where boat excursions and fishing trips are available and ferries to Brixham and Torquay.

Apollo Multi-screen Cinema is located on Paignton seafront and incorporates 9 screens.

18 Hole Pirate Themed Crazy Golf on the sea front.

Paignton pier is very popular for children of all ages where there are rides and amusements for all together with bingo and cafes.

Oldway Mansion, a 19th century property built by Isaac Singer (sewing machine fame). This magnificent property has a marble staircase, mural painted ceilings, ornate architraves and a sewing machine museum. The building is now the office for the local authority but open daily to the public. The grounds include tennis courts, croquet lawns and a putting green, which are all available for hire. The grounds are in the French style and constantly kept by the authority, which make wonderful walk.

All of the above offer visitors ample opportunity to enjoy their holiday without the need to leave the town.

Oldway Mansion Paignton oldway mansion

For those that wish to explore South Devon, Paignton offers an incredible base to visit a number of local historical towns: -


Home to the replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship the 'Golden Hind' located within the harbour. Brixham is a working fishing port and offers the visitor the chance to sample the atmosphere where the daily catch is landed.

Berry head nature reserve is situated close by with stunning 200' coastal cliff walks, two preserved napoleonic sea defnese forts are also found on the cliffs.


This is the largest town within Torbay and has a variety of shops and restaurants to suit all visitors. Torquay harbour is very busy and has an abundance of varied craft to see. In conjunction with Paignton Zoo Torquay has developed a new attraction called the 'Living Coast' based to the side of the harbour. This feature has become very popular with visitors.

At night Torquay comes alive with a variety of restaurants and bars where the visitor can sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

Just a short distance from the beach is Cockington Country Park and Village with it's thatched cottages, traditional tea gardens and old forge.


The Pilgrim Fathers set off from Dartmouth to the New World from Bayard's Quay in Dartmouth. Dartmouth is steeped in history and is the home of the 'Britannia Royal Naval College' where members of our Royal Family have attended and are frequent visitors.