The English Riviera

The English Riviera

Explore Paignton

Welcome to Paignton, part of the stunning English Riviera, situated on the South Devon coastline in sheltered Torbay. Paignton is very popular with families and couples looking for a quiet break. Paignton is the central town in Torbay, Torbay includes Torquay, Brixham and Paignton.

Paignton - The Perfect Family Choice.

Paignton is traditionally known as a family holiday resort. Why? Simply because of its beaches and friendly atmosphere. Like all of Torbay, Paignton was frequented by Victorians and some of the architecture still remains. Parts of Paignton can be found in the Domesday book and has been a small fishing port in years gone by. The sea once lapped at where the railway crossing now is, until reclaimed.

Marldon, a mile behind Paignton beyond the hills is a very old village and stills hold that community atmosphere, with their own country fayre, pubs and village shops. It is from this area that Paignton spread out and down to the bay area. Winner Street being one of the first streets to develop as a trading area behind Palace Avenue and Paignton Church. Many visitors never reach this area, but is well worth walking around. There are small shops, restaurants and Palace Avenue Theatre.

Great Paignton Beaches, Panoramic Views.

Paignton beaches are without doubt the best in the bay. All the pre-requisites are there: Gently sloping, very sandy, protected from prevailing winds, supported by a good infrastructure of restaurants, bars, ice cream kiosks, beach shops and marine activities.

The beaches stretch for miles and we would recommend (for the energetic) taking a days stroll from the far end of Preston to Elberry Cove and back. This will take you through Paignton Sands, Fairy Cove, Goodrington (North and South) Sands, Three Beaches, Broadsands and over the headland to Elberry cove. Fabulous views, watering holes on the way at Goodrington and Broadsands, sea shell and glass collection and fresh air!

Take to the water.

Visitors come to Paignton to be beside the sea, so why not take full advantage of it. Paddle boats, canoes and wet suits can be hired from the beaches (Goodrington), motor boats and cruise boats from Paignton harbour.

Speed boats, water skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing (on easterly gales), skim boarding, fishing and much much more.

Promenade walks and evening excitement.

Paignton 's waterfront is the focus of life in the town. Paignton sea front, Goodrington promenade with its beautiful illuminated gardens, the sheltered harbour and its coves and beaches make life in Paignton both refreshing and relaxing.

There is an abundance of pavement cafes, pubs, restaurants and nightlife, good quality shops and a host of attractions to suit every interest. Enjoy a meal at one of our recommended restaurants, then take a stroll along the beach. Why not follow this up with a live show or a quiet drink in one of Paignton' watering holes or take the children back to the hotel and sleep peacefully before another day at the beach!

Beyond Paignton, 19 beaches and coves.

Paignton's main visitor attractions are Paignton zoo and the Dart Valley Steam Railway. Paignton Zoo which covers 75 acres has conservation as a priority at and is committed to help in the conservation the plants and animals throughout the world.

The steam railway runs between Paignton and Kingswear, where the ferry can be taken to Dartmouth, for shopping or a trip o a pleasure boat up the Dart or back to Paignton or Torquay. Both of these make great days out.

Along the 22 miles of English Riviera coastline are 19 beaches and covers. Some, close to the town centre are wide, open stretches of sand with beach facilities such as cafes, beach huts and water sports. Many are smaller and more secluded. Several of our beaches hold coveted awards for cleanliness and water quality. Torbay is a naturally sheltered bay, creating a safe haven for ships of all shapes and sizes in stormy weather. Occasional easterly winds create our own winter storms however and this is when beachcombers make there best finds. Keep an eye on the weather pages. Also check out and

Stretching from the South side of Brixham to Maidencombe, the coast path around the Bay offers excellent and varied walking, with circular walks or point-to-point, with spectacular sea views and an exotic range of flora and fauna.

  • Explore Paignton
  • Paignton Pier
  • Paignton Beach Huts
  • Oldway Mansion Gardens
  • Paignton Seafront
  • Paignton Steam Railway

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