Living CoastsTorquay
Torquay Harbourside
Beacon Quay
Torquay
Devon TQ1 2BG

 
 
Marine Zoo
‘Living Coasts’ on Torquay Harbour is a different kind of marine zoo.
 
Across a one acre (.4 Ha) site, sea birds and mammals are displayed in specially-designed naturalistic habitats allowing visitors to see them both on land and underwater. It is a wonderful way to see different birds and animals at close quarters.  Feeding times occur throughout the day.
 
One of the latest indoor exhibits recreates the world to be found under a typical British seaside pier.  See spiny starfish, cuttlefish, mullet, pipe fish and seahorses.  Children will love crawling through the starfish tank looking at the amazing creatures living on the sea floor while the waves crash across the top of the tank.
 
A mangrove swamp has been created in giant aquariums and visitors descend into the root forests in habited by blue stingrays and dinosaur crabs.
 
African & Macaroni Penquins
There are many wonders in store for the visitor - the sandy Penguin Beach with over a hundred African and Macaroni penguins, as well as Bank cormorants, tufted puffins, Common and Pigeon guillemots and red-legged kittiwakes perch on Auk Cliff.  They can be seen from above or below the water as they dive, play, and feed.  The water in this outdoor exhibit is kept moving and churning to mimic the rough seas these birds are used to.
 
A specially designed habitat has been created for five South American fur seals.  The cove has a rock for basking on, and large body of water for swimming and diving in.  Special ‘toys’ have been created for the seals to explore and play with, replicating their natural environment as much as possible.
 
Recreated Coastal Estuary
A coastal estuary has been recreated with mudflats, running streams and sandy beaches.  Beneath the surface it teems with insects, worms and shellfish – a feast for the resident red shanks, pied avocets, and black necked stilts.  Over 150 waders spend their time in this exhibit feeding, nesting and raising their families.
 
In the sea duck exhibit the visitor can see two species of eider duck and the common scoter, preening their feathers on the beach, and diving below the water’s surface searching for food.
 
Living Coasts has been designed to provide a different experience to the large sea aquarium at Plymouth.
 
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Hotels.com here:    External Link
 
Opening Times
Open all year except Christmas Day (25 December) from 10:00 hours. Last admission is 16:00 hours and the site closes at 17:00 hours.
Check the official website for Feeding Times  Web:  Living Coasts/ Visiting Times    External Link
 
Admission Costs
Please check the official website for up to date costs  Web:  Living Coasts/ Admission Costs    External Link
 
Disabled Access
Wheelchair access is available throughout the site with a lift linking the café and shop. Gradients are less than 1:12 and paths are timber board walks or concrete. 3 disabled car park spaces available in adjacent Beacon Quay Council car park. For further information, go to  Web: Living Coasts/ Disabled Access    External Link
 
Facilities
Toilets
Café
Gift shop
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1803 202 470
Mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website  Living Coasts website    External Link
 
Getting There
Living Coasts is situated in Beacon Quay right on Torquay's harbour side and is very easy to find  Web: Living Coasts 'Find Us"    External Link
 
- By Car
Living Coasts is situated on Torquay Harbour side on Beacon Quay, Torquay just look out for the big net above the Town Dock on the outer harbour. Once in Torquay follow the A379 and the 'penguin' on the brown tourist signs.
 
Living Coasts does not have its own car park, but there is a small council car park adjacent. If this is full, there is ample public car parking in Torquay.
 
- By Rail
The nearest stations are Torquay and Paignton. Onward travel will be by bus.
 
- By Bus
Stagecoach Bus Torbay runs bus services to The Strand in Torquay - only a few minutes’ walk from Living Coasts. Dial a Bus run a service to Living Coasts (service number 60/61).
 
- By Boat
Paignton Pleasure Cruises: run a service from Paignton direct to Beacon Quay. For further information please Tel: +44 (0)1803 529 147.
 
Stuart Line Cruises: run boat trips to and from Exmouth Quay, for further information please Tel: +44 (0)1395 222 144.
 
Western Lady Ferry Service run a Penguin Explorer service from New Pier, Brixham that includes entry to Living Coasts, please call their booking line  Tel: +44 (0)1803 852 041.
 
Google Maps - Living Coasts