There are fourteen recognised beaches in Torbay, Paignton provides the ideal base to enjoy four of the very best, all sandy, all with excellent facilities and all winners of Seaside Awards.
The town is well equipped to provide all the remaining ingredients of a great seaside break. Amusements, shows, one of the best zoos in the country, an amazing wet 'n' wild parks and the steam railway is great for a day exploring Dartmouth and taking a river cruise.
Paignton also has a traditional seaside pier.
Paignton's Local Attractions
Operating during the summer months and offering Santa Specials in winter, the Dartmouth Steam Railway runs between Paignton 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 (for Dartmouth).
Living Coasts features a range of fascinating coastal creatures from loud and loveable penguins to playful fur seals, colourful puffins at home in these amazing reconstructed beaches and cliff-faces.
Paignton Zoo is one of England's largest environmental parks where hundreds of animals can enjoy the home they deserve.
Leisure pool with flume and wave machine. Lifestyle gym, aerobics and sunbeds. Also features live entertainment and children's Soft Play Area.
An outdoor waterpark which is always a firm favourite for all the family, the park boosts warm water, a range of pools and areas for all ages and the highest and fastest flume in England... 65ft of sheer excitement.
For four centuries Torre Abbey was a great and prosperous monastery. Then it was converted to a fine private residence and was occupied by the same family for generations.