Paignton Torquay
Tor Bay
Devon TQ3/ TQ4
 
 
 
 
The seaside town of Paignton occupies the coast between the English Riviera resorts of Torquay and Brixham in Devon.
 
Victorian Pleasure Pier & Heritage Steam Railway
Not as grand as its northern neighbour Torquay, Paignton still has a charming, old fashioned feel.  It has safe, sandy beaches, a picturesque fishing harbour, a Victorian pleasure pier and even a heritage steam train running along the coastline. Brightly coloured beach huts line the Promenade atop the sea wall.
 
There is a varied range of accommodation complemented by pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and a multiplex cinema.  The Paignton TIC on the Esplanade and next door to the Apollo Cinema has a wealth of information and can assist with ticketing and booking accommodation.
 
Just ½ a mile (0.8km) from the town centre is the opulent Oldway Mansion built for sewing machine magnate, Isaac Singer   Other attractions include Paignton Zoo and the heritage Dartmouth Steam Railway (PDSR).  The railway provides a fabulous day out.
 
Kingswear Ferry across the Dart Estuary
At Kingswear visitors can take the ferry across the Dart Estuary to Dartmouth or join a cruise up the River Dart to Totnes and Greenway House.
 
Old Paignton
The oldest part of Paignton is centred on Church Street, Winner Street and Palace Avenue which contains fine examples of Victorian architecture. Paignton Parish Church is very old and well worth visiting.   Kirkham House is a red sandstone late medieval house owned by English Heritage and open to the public at certain times of the year Web: English Heritage/ Kirkham House link    External Link
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Expedia here:     External Link
 
Dame Agatha Christie and Greenway House
The famous crime writer, Dame Agatha Christie spent her early life in Torquay, returning later to buy Greenway House near Churston.  She frequented the Torbay Picture House in Paignton, sitting in Seat 2 in the second row of the Circle.  She used the cinema as a location in several of her books.  Unfortunately the cinema has now closed but it can still be seen adjacent to the PDSR Queens Park Station in the centre of town.
 
Paignton was a small fishing village until the 19th century when a new harbour was built and the railway arrived linking it with Torquay and London.  Tourists discovered the red sandy beaches and the town started a new life as a seaside resort town.  Part of the old railway has been restored and now runs as the PDSR.
 
Local Fishing Boats supply the Fish Market
Fishing boats still operate out of the harbour, returning daily with fresh fish for sale in the Fish Market.  The main seafront is dominated by the 780-foot long (240metre) long cast iron pleasure pier built in 1879. The individual pavilions are connected to make one long amusement arcade.  At the seaward end there is an open amusement area containing karts, slides and a carousel.
 
Active Sports
Paignton spreads along the coast incorporating several different types of attractions.  Paignton and Preston Sands provide opportunities for kite surfing and dinghy sailing, while Elberry Cove is popular with jetski enthusiasts.
 
Sites of Special Scientific Interest
In the reed beds at Broadsands Beach birdwatchers can spot the rare Cirl Bunting.  Saltern Cove is a Site of Special Scientific Significance due to its distinctive geology and Godrington Sands is home to the UKs largest Davey Elm.  This rare tree can only be found in Devon and Cornwall.
 
Godrington
Godrington is small, quiet and at only 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Paignton, a pleasant walk along the coast.  It has lovely parks with a boating lake, some shops and other facilities.  The PDSR has a station at Godrington Sands.
 
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Agoda here:    External Link
 
Tourist Information
The Torbay Council tourist information centres offer full services to visitors including accommodation, shopping and amusement details. Web:  Visit Paignton    External Link
 
Getting There
- By Car from London
At Junction 15 on the M25 ring road, take the M4 west towards Bristol. At Junction 20 take the M5 south past Weston-Super-Mare, Bridgewater and Taunton to Exeter. At Exeter continue on the A38 to its junction with the A380. The visitor can take either the A38 or the A380 to Paignton.”
 
By taking the A38, the visitor continues to Buckfastleigh and then takes the A384 and then A385 to Paignton. The A380 to Torquay is a more direct but possibly more congested route. If taking this route, continue on the A380 towards Torquay and then to Paignton.
 
- By Mainline Rail
Paignton Railway Station is the terminus of the Riviera Line from Exeter and also an interchange between the National Rail service and the heritage PDSR.  The station is situated in the centre of town between two level crossings.  It is close to the shops and a short walk to the beach.
 
Paignton is served by First Great Western local trains on an approximately hourly basis during the day. A few long distance trains also run to Paignton, especially during the summer months. First Great Western operates trains from London Paddington station. Journey time is approximately 3 hours.  For timetable, fares and bookings go to  Web: National Rail Enquiries    External Link
 
- By Bus
The bus station is opposite Paignton Railway Station.
Stagecoach buses Nos. 120, 121 and 122 run to and from Torquay. Web:  Stagecoach Gold Enquiries    External Link
 
Google Maps - Paignton