Paignton

There are lots of things to see and do in beautiful Paignton, from piers to zoos and castles to beaches. Our travel guide will help you this season.

Things To Do In Paignton

There are a lot of things to see and do when you are on holiday in Paignton, regardless of your taste or budget. The town of Paignton offers the traditional bucket and spade seaside holiday to keep the family entertained of course, but there are also various attractions in and around the local area which you might not be aware of. This area is known for its mild climate, and its long sandy beaches, and offers the perfect location to chill out and relax, and sometimes you can do this late into the evening in the Summer months.

Things To Do In Paignton When It’s Raining

Paignton tends to have a mild climate however it does still rain, but this does not need to be a problem since there is still plenty to see and do.

Waves Leisure Pool, Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ

Waves Leisure Pool is one of the attractions that is well worth visiting and it is located at the Rivera International Conference Centre. This facility offers a heated pool which has a range of sloping floors, flumes, wave machines and water activities. The sloping access to the pool makes it very safe for the younger visitors.

Torquay’s Dinosaur World, 3 Victoria Parade, Torquay TQ1 2BB

Dinosaur World at Torquay is also worth a visit and it will be popular with the younger family members who are interested in dinosaurs. This attraction is home to more than seventy full size dinosaurs, and they are in housed in realistic sets. All of the displays have information that you can read and learn about the various species. There is also an excavation site where you can discover fossils.

Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG

Torquay Museum offers a fascinating day out as you walk through the reconstructed Devon farmhouse where you can experience the sounds and sights of country living. The displays date back to 1860.

Days Out For Couples in Paignton

There are many things for couples to enjoy seeing and doing together in Paignton.

Splashdown Quaywest, Goodrington Sands, Tanners Rd, Paignton TQ4 6LN

One of these would be a trip to Splashdown Waterparks where you can enjoy the eight thrilling body and mat rides. This water park is located on the seafront at Goodrington Sands and it is the biggest waterpark in the United Kingdom, allowing for hours and hours of fun.

Compton Castle, Farmyard Corner, Compton, Paignton TQ3 1TA

Compton castle will be great day out for couples who have an historical interest. This castle is located in the parish of Marldon and it is a fortified manor house.

Place To Visit In Paignton For Free

There is a lot of choice when it comes to doing something in Paignton whilst saving some money. This area is home to some spectacular beaches which provide the ideal location to relax and listen to the sound of the waves whilst feeling the sand between your toes.

Goodrington Sands Beach

One of the best beaches to visit is Goodrington Sands and this is an award-winning beach. This beach is a great place for swimming, and it is also possible to hire paddle boats, pedalos and wind surfing equipment.

Kirkham House

A trip to Kirkham House in Paignton would be a great way to spend a day and it is free entry therefore providing a cheap day out. This is a well-preserved house that has been built from the local stone and it features a grand hall which is large enough for twenty people to dine. The house is now furnished in a modern way which illustrated the traditional craftmanship and the rooms original use.

Days Out For Families in Paignton

Paignton Zoo, Totnes Rd, Paignton TQ4 7EU

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park makes a great family day out and it is home to over two thousand five hundred animals which are spread across the eighty acre park. The collection of animals at this park includes flamingos, lions, tigers, elephants, rhinos and meerkats to name a few. There is also an indoor and outdoor play area where children can run around and explore. The Jungle train will take you on a tour around the park. There is seasonal bird shows and plenty of places to purchase refreshments therefore this can be a full day out for all the family.

The Geoplay Park, Esplanade Rd, Paignton TQ4 6BE

The Geoplay Park at Paignton is a great place for children to get wild and explore the various climbing frames. This park has been designed around the local geological history with the toddler area dating back to the Devonian Period when the areas was south of the equator and under the tropical sea, this area features a climbing frame, spinner bowls and a trampoline. The junior area of the park is home to a giant climbing net which reflects the Carboniferous period when the two continents collided, and the area was caught in the middle of the collision. The water and sand play area reflect the Permian Period when the area was just north of the equator and red sandstone was formed.

Paignton Pier, S Sands, Paignton TQ4 6BW

Paignton Pier is another place that is perfect for a family day out. This award winning pier stretches out from the centre of the seafront and provides hours of unmissable fun as well as relaxation. This pier will be popular with young visitors who want to explore the many thrilling rides that it has on offer. The older visitors will also enjoy the pier as it is a lovely place to stretch your legs and enjoy the sea air.