Sometimes considered the slightly less attractive sibling of Torquay, the town of Paignton still has a great deal of charm and character that will appeal to visitors looking to discover a typically English seaside resort. Well known for its colourful beach huts, the steam railway that runs from here along the coast, and the fabulous Paignton Zoo, Paignton is a real winner for many tourists.
With a long promenade, two lovely beaches looking out across the bay, and plenty of activity going on, Paignton grew up from a small fishing village to the resort it is today thanks to the burgeoning tourist industry in Torquay. It really does make for a great family resort, with caravan parks and campsites perched on the coast’s edge, and no shortage of things to do in the town itself or in the neighbouring towns.
The Dartmouth Steam Railway offers some great day out options, both by train, boat and bus, and if the visitor fancies a low key day in the town itself, there’s crazy golf, the lively pier, any number of amusement arcades, and plenty of ice cream parlours. There’s also a multiscreen cinema, and the family friendly Quaywest waterpark is always a winner with the children (and dads!).