Torquay & Paignton

Paignton Zoo

Take a trip to Torbay – The English Riviera – with its numerous attractions, sandy beaches and varied towns.

Things to do

Visit Torquay. As well as a variety of shops, you can visit Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo, where you can get close to penguins, puffins and seals. Or, take a flight in the Hi Flyer balloon for spectacular views over the bay. In nearby Babbacombe, you can visit Kents Cavern show cave, Babbacombe Model Village and Bygones Victorian Street. Bus 32 will take you from Torquay to Babbacombe.

Paignton has a large sandy beach and a traditional pier. A short distance from the town is Paignton Zoo, which has hundreds of animals. Step back in time with a trip on the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton to Kingswear, for the ferry to Dartmouth.

Brixham is an historic fishing port, with a busy harbour. In the harbour you can visit a replica of The Golden Hind, the ship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe. On board you can learn more about life at sea and the great seafarer’s life and achievements.

Getting to Torbay

From Exeter, take the X46 to Torquay and Paignton; from Plymouth, use service X80; and from Newton Abbot, service 12 links Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.

There are trains to Torquay and Paignton from Exeter and Exmouth. Torquay station is near the sea front and about a 15 minute walk from the town centre and harbour. Paignton station is in the town and adjacent to the bus station. To travel to Brixham catch service 12 from Paignton bus station.

If you are travelling from further afield, take the bus or train to Exeter, or Newton Abbot, and then catch one of the services listed above.

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