Families love Paignton. Its long sandy beaches, colourful atmosphere, paddler-friendly waters and first class attractions are the essential ingredients for a magical family holiday.
During the summer months life seems to revolve around the seafront which comes alive to the sound of laughter and holiday fun. But there is also another side to this distinctive seaside town, which can be found in the elegance of Oldway Mansion, the green coastline around Elberry Cove and the architecture of Palace Avenue. At night Paignton's seafront comes alive with illuminations and is perfect for an evening stroll. There is a variety of entertainment and excellent food and drink outlets.
Oldway Mansion is the magnificent legacy of Paignton's most colourful family - the Singers of sewing machine fame. It was inspired by French and Italian architecture, not least the grand marble staircase and the gallery, modelled on the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.
In Paignton Zoo's exciting world of wildlife you will find state-of-the-art enclosures designed with the animals and visitors in mind. Stalk through the Big Cat Forest, swoop into the Bird Aviary and sink into the Wetland Experience. There is also plenty of 'hands-on' fun and a lively programme of wildlife events.
The Paignton to Dartmouth Steam Railway lets you experience the magic of the steam age on a seven-mile stretch of the Great Western Railway. The train takes you on a spectacular journey alongside Tor Bay, then through wooded slopes to the River Dart.
Stretching out into Tor Bay, the Pier is packed with attractions; has a large children's area, and is an ideal place to take in the views of Paignton and the nearby coastline.
Just behind Goodrington's long sandy beach you will find the exciting and entertaining world of the Quaywest water park. At its heart is Shipwreck Island, where half a mile of water slides twist, splash and turn. Nearby, Grand Prix Go-Karts whiz around a specially built circuit and there is more fun on the water with the Bumper Boats.
Paignton has a wide range of beaches from long stretches of sand to smaller pebbly coves. Many have the coveted Seaside Award and are suitable for children.