Like Torquay, Paignton is enclosed by low red cliffs. Paignton plays a much softer tune than its neighbour. Its far less commercial and with its pastel coloured architecure and thatched cottages also boasts a certain charm. Once an independent township, Paignton now merges with neighbouring Torquay and the two districts have been united to form Torbay. In the 19th century, a new harbour built at Paignton fuelled the rise of tourism and the attraction remains as strong as ever.
An ideal location for a family holiday, Paignton boasts some of Devon's top attractions. The culturally orientated will enjoy a trip to Oldway Mansion and Gardens, the former home of the Singer Family (best known for their sewing-machines). The beautiful scenery in the area can be enjoyed with a leisurely stroll along the waterfront and Paignton Pier. Alternatively, you can venture further abroad and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views offered aboard the historic Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway.
If you're bringing kids along, you'll find heaps of various attractions to keep them entertained come rain or shine. The star attraction is the world-famous Paignton Zoo with its range of exotic and endangered species. If that's not energetic enough for your hyperactive little ones, they can cool off at Quaywest Waterpark or join you on an adrenalin-pumping ride at the Grand Prix Go Karts on Goodrington Sands.
Paignton : Sightseeing and Attractions
|Grand Prix Go Karts|
Situated on the lively beach at Goodrington Sands, Grand Prix Go Karts is a family attraction which will give you all the thrills of racing. Choose between the 2 Seater Sports Car, Grand Prix Carts for novices and Family Cars for accompanied children.
Admission: £3.50 Adults
Address: Grand Prix Go Karts, Goodrington Sands, Paignton, Devon
Postcode: TQ4 6LN Street Map
Contact: PH 01803 555 550
|Oldway Mansion and Gardens|
Just half a mile from Paignton town centre, Oldway Mansion is a local landmark. Former home of the Singer family, this Grade II listed building was modelled on the Versailles Palace and the Place de la Concorde in Paris... more
Admission: £1. Adults
Address: Oldway Mansion and Gardens, Torquay Road, Paignton, Devon
Postcode: TQ3 2TF Street Map
Contact: PH 01803 201201
|Paignton Zoo Environmental Park|
One of Devon's top visitor attractions, Paignton Zoo is home to over a hundred different animals and species, many of which are endangered. .. more
Admission: £8.25 Adults £5.50 Children
Address: Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon
Postcode: TQ4 7EU Street Map
Contact: PH 01803 697500
|Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway|
An attraction for any age, the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway will take you on a historic and panoramic trip. Travel in the same way as your forefathers from Paignton to Goodrington Sands, Churston, Kingswear or Dartmouth.
Address: Queenâ€™s Park Station, Paignton,
Postcode: TQ4 6AF Street Map
Contact: PH 01803 555872
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