Mini guide to Paignton
Situated in the beautiful Tor Bay in the southwest of England, the lively seaside
town of Paignton is a popular resort in the summer, which especially appeals to
families with children. Tourists are drawn to the long golden beaches and the
variety of attractions and activities on offer for the whole family.
The beach is the centre of the activity in the daytime when the sun is shining,
while the picturesque harbour at the southern end is loaded with yachts, fishing
boats and lively activity. Farther north is the long pier, with its amusements
and attractions stretching out into the sea.
The highlight in the town itself is the beautiful Oldway Mansion, an elegant
stately home that was built by sewing-machine giant Isaac Singer in the late
19th century. Also of note in the town is Paignton Zoological and Botanical
Gardens, with their six tropical zones, while the Green is frequently host to
For leisure visitors can visit the park and boating lake at Goodrington Sands,
the Seashore and Interpretation Centre and the Quaywest Waterpark, with its
huge water slides. You can also go fishing and diving in Paignton and there
are plentiful bars, pubs and restaurants along the esplanade.
Paignton also happens to be on the Torbay and Dartmouth Steam Railway line,
a scenic section of railway running along the Tor Bay coast. Cruises along the
coast to Brixham and Dartmouth are also popular and a stroll around Dartmouth
is a must. Vibrant Torquay is just north of Paignton, while the lonely and stark
landscape of Dartmoor National Park is an easy drive from the town.
The M4 and M5 motorways provide access to Paignton and trains run to the town
all day from Waterloo and Paddington stations in London. National Express coaches
have multiple services to Paignton from major cities throughout the UK including
Bristol and London, while the nearest international airport is at Bristol.
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