A small fishing village until the early 19th Century, Paignton started to become known as a seaside resort after the arrival of Brunel's railway in the late 1800s.
Neatly situated between its neighbours, Torquay and Brixham, Paignton is one of the three towns of Torbay that make up the English Riviera. Famous for its long, sandy award-winning beaches, colorful beach huts and a lively, bustling pier, Paignton is a classic family-friendly seaside resort.
If you're looking for attractions to entertain the kids then Paignton is ideal. There's award-winning Paignton Zoo on your doorstep plus the amazing Quay West Water park. You can visit the model village in Babbacombe and historic Kents Cavern. If you fancy stepping back in time why not take the steam railway to beautiful Kingswear & Dartmouth just round the coast.
There are also plenty of opportunities to while away a few hours over a long lunch at one of the many pubs and restaurants enjoying the amazing views on out to sea.
And if you're feeling a bit more energetic look out for the old harbour where you can arrange water sports including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing, jet-skiing, kite-surfing, sea-fishing and more.
Paignton is also the ideal base for visiting local towns like Dartmouth, Totnes & Torquay or even visiting the beautiful wilderness of Dartmoor.