Seaside Paignton in the heart of Torbay is centrally situated on the English Riviera coast and is famous for its family friendly sandy beaches, pretty harbour and attractions. Accommodation is affordable and high quality, featuring a great mix of seafront B&Bs, holiday parks, contemporary apartments and small independent hotels perfect for families, activity breaks and for couples. Some of Torbay’s most popular family attractions are here including Paignton Zoo with over 2000 animals in its wetland, desert, forest and Savannah zones. The Dartmouth Steam Railway starts at Paignton linking the resort to Dartmouth and you can combine your steam railway trip with a choice of boat trips on the River Dart.
Have fun on Paignton Pier with its many amusements and crazy golf or on warm sunny days head to outdoor Splashdown Quaywest waterpark near award-winning Goodrington Sands beach. Paignton’s endless sandy beaches are tailor-made for families and the resort offers numerous opportunities for watersports including waterskiing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Paignton seafront also has a climbing wall and a BMX track. Pick up boat trips from Paignton harbour or take in a show at the Palace Theatre. Paignton is also a great spot for a romantic coastal walking break. You can head off along the scenic South West Coast Path to nearby Brixham or walk north along the path via Maidencombe.
The Geoplay Park on Paignton seafront is great for families. Themed toddler areas and play zones represent different geological periods of the English Riviera Geopark and the park features zip wires, climbing logs, trampolines, seesaws and more. Nearby attractions include Oldway Mansion, a Grade II listed property with museum, 17 acres of gardens and tennis courts. Enjoy days out at beautiful Compton Castle near Paignton or if you’re a foodie fan, take a trip to the Occombe Organic Farm selling a range of local produce and with friendly onsite animals, a nature trail and cafe.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.