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With its zoo, steam railway and water park amongst a whole host of other attractions, Paignton is an excellent destination for unforgettable family holidays in Devon. There’s also plenty to do if you’re not travelling with kids, including cocktails by the beach and walks along the South West Coast Path. What more could you ask for?

  • Paignton Beach
  • Paignton pier
  • Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
  • Paignton Harbour
  • Paignton Pier
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Your guide to Paignton

Paignton at a glance:
  • A fun family destination in Devon.
  • Situated on the South West Coast Path, with great walking.
  • Home to one of the best zoos in the country.
  • High quality sandy beaches suitable for children.
  • Site of a station for the popular Dartmouth Steam Railway.

Some parts of Devon are better suited to those that like quiet holidays. Other parts of Devon are like Paignton. Book a hotel in Paignton and you’re able to plan a fun-packed holiday that is ideal if you’re looking to fill your itinerary with dozens of things to do. Paignton is one of the best destinations for a holiday with family members, and is the perfect choice if you’re travelling with your children or your grandchildren. They’ll love Paignton attractions, from the water park to the zoo, all designed to ensure that they have an unforgettable holiday experience.

Not travelling with kids? That’s absolutely fine, because there’s so much for adults as well! The Dartmouth Steam Railway provides travel between Paignton and Dartmouth and offers an unparalleled opportunity to see some beautiful sights across the South Devon countryside and along the River Dart, whilst the South West Coast Path provides the option to see similar sights on foot. Whether you want to take it easy or to burn calories on every day of your short break or holiday, you’ll have a great time exploring your surroundings.

Paignton is a part of the English Riviera, with a mild climate and clean, clear waters that are perfect for swimming and water sports. With your camera by your side you’ll be able to capture images of the coast that will your friends and relatives jealous! It’s the perfect summer holiday destination, but just as suited to winter visits when you can make the most of those gorgeous walking trails and exciting indoor attractions.

Cafés, restaurant and cocktail bars situated along the Paignton coast are great for full meals, light snacks, cocktails or cups of tea overlooking the beach, and are perfect if you’re looking to end the day in style. After that, return to your Paignton hotel for some live entertainment or a night in with your favourite TV shows. With your own en-suite room and with plenty of space to lie back and take it easy, every night is an opportunity to relax and recharge so that you’re ready for another day on the stunning Devon coast.

What's nearby?
Local attractions
  • Paignton Zoo
    Paignton Zoo
  • Greenway Ferry and Pleasure Cruises
    Greenway Ferry and Pleasure Cruises
  • Greenway House and Gardens
    Greenway House and Gardens
  • Paignton Pier
    Paignton Pier

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Powderham Castle Michaelmas Fair (3rd Nov) Thu 3 Nov
Music in the Castle, Powderham Castle (11th Nov) Fri 11 Nov
Candlelit Dartmouth (25th - 26th Nov) Fri 25 Nov
Lanterns Lights and Luminations (26th November) Sat 26 Nov
Christmas Market (26th November) Sat 26 Nov

Hotels in this region
  • Bay Esplanade Hotel
    Bay Esplanade Hotel

    Excellent seafront location on the English Riviera

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