Travel destinations: Paignton, UK

MatthewA By MatthewA, 26th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Paignton is a seaside resort in Devon. On the coast of Torbay, Paignton has a few notable attractions.

Travel destinations: Paignton, UK

As a seaside town there is no shortage of beaches and amusement arcades in the town of Paignton. Paignton includes a few beaches, stretching towards Goodrington and Goodrington park. Alongside the esplanade there are a few arcades, most notable on Paignton Pier which includes an arcade as well as Bingo, bouncy castle and catering.

Paignton's surrounding coastline of Torbay, also has geopark status. A geopark is a unique coastline of geological interest. Paignton's Roundham head is a geosite in Paignton that provides a short coastal walk from Goodrington to the harbor, and includes cliff-side gardens.

The Paignton and Dartmoor steam railway is a preserved steam train that links Paington to Dartmoor. The line runs from Paignton, through to Kingswear by the River Dart. From here, there is a short river crossing across to Dartmoor. In addition to this, river cruisers of the River Exe can be made from Dartmoor.

On route to Dartmoor, the steam railway links to Goodrington. Admittedly, this is within walking distance of Paignton esplanade. At Goodrington, there is Goodrington park which includes Quay West water park with a variety of chutes. A small arcade lies by the beach of Goodrington Sands. Goodrington park also includes go-karts, a swan lake and mini-golf.

Oldway mansion is also open to visitors, with free admission. Here, there is a small museum included which details Paignton's history and heritage. Beside this, Oldway's grand marble hall is also open, which includes a large replica painting. Outside Oldway mansion, Oldway's Italian gardens are also open to public, with tennis courts also included.

Paignton Zoo is not far off the town. Here, there is a variety of wildlife. In addition to this, Paignton Zoo also includes botanical gardens.

The Old Harbor is a sometimes overlooked area of Paignton. From here, boat trips and cruises are available. Boat trips to Torquay are Brixham can be made. In addition to this, other cruises of the Torbay coast are included, and even boat trips into Dartmoor.

Trips to Paignton can also include visits to surrounding towns of Torbay. Torquay is not far off, and as mentioned can be reached by boat trip. From here, there are further beaches and gardens, Torre Abbey, Living Coasts and the Babbacombe Model Village can also be visited.

So, as part of Torbay Paignton has some variety and a coast line of geological interest. For more details on Paignton, consider this English Riviera website.


Devon, England, Paignton, Torbay

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