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Paignton, is part of Torbay, the English Riviera, and is a family resort with a harbour, long beaches and parks.

Hotels overlook the sea and the pier, as well as lots of them inland.

The town has grown since becoming a Victorian resort. The old town is inland from the beach, the church is of interest, next to a tower remaining from a former bishops palace.

There are tennis courts in Victoria Park behind the shopping centre. The park has play areas and a small stream running through it. The library used to be in the park but has now moved to a new building just opposite Paignton Bus Station

Lots to do and see, and is ideal for families. New cinema complex on the Green next to the theatre on the sea front, with a crazy golf. The main beach is here. Lots of clubs and pubs, often with music.

Paignton is also home to the The Torbay cinema, possibly the oldest cinema in Britain. Located next to the railway station, it is owned by the Torbay Steam Railway and no longer operating as a cinema, it is, sadly, all boarded up with no signs of any renovation work.

Coastal walks and the gardens on the cliffs are lit up in summer, try going to the harbour and walking to Goodrington. If you walk the other way towards Torquay you will get to Preston Sands.

Paignton Holiday Park

Tourist Attractions in and near Paignton to Visit



Paignton Pier All the fun of the seaside.

Torbay Leisure Centre Time for a swim ?

Princess Theatre 2.4 miles Torquay's premier theatre.

Ten Pin Bowling 2.6 miles Enjoy a game or two.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Oldway Mansion A fantastic building to visit.

Torre Abbey 2.2 miles An historic house with gardens.

Compton Castle A fortified Manor House, complete with ghost !



Torquay Museum 2.8 miles Discover Torquay's past.


Out & About

Goodrington Sands A family-friendly beach.

Cockington 1.9 miles See the preserved thatched cottage village.



Dartmouth Steam Railway Enjoy a ride on a Steam Train.


Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park Well worth a visit to see the animals.

Days Out around Paignton.

Explore the Torbay coast, try a day out in Torquay or Brixham, or cross the Dart to Dartmouth and go home through Totnes.

Towns Near Paignton To Visit - straight line distance:

Torbay (0.00 miles) Torquay (2.50 miles) Brixham (3.91 miles) Totnes (5.22 miles)
How to get to Paignton
Paignton, take the Torbay road from Newton Abbot and either take the Ring Road or go into Torquay and take the coast road round Torbay..

Paignton Tourist Information Centre

  • Esplanade Road
    TQ4 6BN
    Tel: 0844 474 2233
Redcliffe Hotel
4 Marine Drive Paignton TQ3 2NL

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Premier Inn Paignton Seafront (Goodrington Sands)
Tanners Road Goodrington Paignton TQ4 6LP

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Premier Inn Paignton South (Brixham Road)
White Rock Long Road South Paignton TQ4 7AZ

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Paignton TQ3 3NG
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