Things to do in Paignton:
About Paignton, Torbay and the surrounding area.
Did you know – Paignton has been around since 1166?
The advent of relatively cheap flights to Spanish holiday destinations in the 1970’s meant that generations of British folk missed out on the beauty of the South Devon Coast line. But it’s not too late to see what the area has to offer…
Paignton sits in the middle of Torbay, the English Riviera and it is an excellent resort catering for both the young and the not-so-young.
There are traditional pastimes in the summer, taking a stroll along the the beach, building sandcastles, ambling across the cliffs at Goodrington. The ‘Green and ‘Geopark’ alongside the promanade has a super play area for children. Then there is the pier a 240 metre construction first open to the pulic in 1879.
How about a day trip on the historic Dartmouth Steam Railway – a scenic coastal journey on the steam train from Paignton to Kingswear. Take the ferry to spend time in Dartmouth. Operates from April to October as well as half term holidays and Christmas Specials.
Quaywest Water Park – a great place to splash around. Watch or take part in fishing or paddle boats over in Youngs Park. Go swimming, play crazy golf or just relax in a cafe and watch life go by. Torbay offers a great selection of activities for all the family no matter the weather.
Paignton Zoo is a great place for an enjoyable family day out, only a short drive away and is home to thousands of exotic creatures and plant life. The Zoo is open all year round.
Torquay and Brixham are withing easy traveling distance of Paignton with many other attractions all accessible by excellent local transport.
Oldway Mansion is modelled on the ‘Palace of Versailles’, by Issac Merritt Singer (founder of the Singer Sewing Machine) in 1871. You can enjoy walking around the outside of this beautiful building and its extensive grounds.
Greenway House -formerly the home of crime author Agatha Christie between 1938-1959. The house has been restored and under the National Trust, in the style of the period and is well worth a visit. It can be accessed by road but parking is restricted and may need pre-booking. The house can also be accessed by river ferry from Dartmouth. A shuttle service is provided from Churston station for those not taking the car. Parking spaces must be booked in advanced.
Vue cinema complex offering all the new released films for all the family.
Palace Theatre – lots of shows to keep all the family entertained.
Paignton Sailing Club – regular activity there and competitions during the year.
The South West Coastal foot paths – explore the stunning coast with lots of walks.
Cockington Village is within 2 miles and offers a small chocolate box English village with thatched roofs and delicious cream teas.
Other places of interest…….
Colleton Fishacre (National Trust), Compton Castle, Babbacombe Model Village, Kents Cavern Torquay, Bygones Victorian Museum (Babbacombe). Cliff Railway Babbacombe, Overbecks (National Trust)
We often have discount vouchers for a lot of local attractions.