Famed for being home to numerous wildlife and heritage attractions, Paignton is fantastic for family holidays. Visit the playful meerkats, cheetahs, lions and gorillas at Paignton Zoo and take a ride on the Jungle Express Train. This is undoubtedly one of Devon's star attractions. Meanwhile, families and history buffs should pay a visit to Compton Castle, a medieval fortress set in spectacular formal gardens. This imposing, fortified manor house is well worth exploring. Paignton seafront
Avid walkers will enjoy Paignton’s idyllic position on the South West Coast Path. A six-mile route will lead you all the way from Paignton to Brixham, with extraordinary views over the coast. For a short route, try the walk around Roundham Head, the hub of the town’s sixteenth-century fishing industry. On a clear day, this walk offers views across Lyme Bay to Portland.
Back on the coast wander along the famous Paignton Pier to absorb the traditional seaside feel of the town. Grab a portion of fish and chips and spend loose change in the classic arcades. For a beach day, Paignton truly does have something for everyone. While families may wish to head to the golden sands of Hollicombe Beach, Elberry Cove is a peaceful, secluded beach, ideal for couples wanting some tranquillity. Take a dip in the crystal clear water, away from the bustle of the town centre. Broadsands is another beautiful sandy beach, set between Paignton and Brixham.
To take in the magnificent views of the English Riviera, why not take to the water on a pleasure cruise? This is a great opportunity for wildlife spotting, too. Alternatively, stick to land with the Dartmouth Steam Railway journeying from Paignton to Kingswear.
“Set on the stunning English Riviera, Paignton is a charming seaside town.”
A plethora of eateries are dotted around Paignton, one of which is TJ’s Restaurant. Overlooking the picturesque harbour, tuck into one of the restaurant’s revered fish dishes such as Brixham fillet with onion puree, sautéed potatoes, seasonal greens or chorizo or opt for something unique, such as the slow cooked belly pork with Moroccan spice. For a traditional carvery, it’s tough to beat The Blagdon Inn. Their vibrant menu of British pub classics also includes cod wrapped in smoked salmon, beer battered fresh fish or the Blagdon pie of the day. As Paignton is home to numerous traditional pubs, it’s well worth stopping for a pint or local ale or cider and admiring this quaint, coastal town.
If you’re exploring this area of coast further, you’re not too far from the buzzing town of Torquay, Brixham and Dartmouth.