Coach Holiday to Paignton 

Feb 11, 2023 | 0 comments

Our first coach holiday of 2023 is to the beautiful, picturesque town of Paignton. Paignton is a seaside town on the coast of Torbay in Devon. Together with Torquay and Brixham it forms the borough of Torbay which was created in 1998. The Torbay area is a holiday destination known as the English Riviera.

Monday 22nd May – 4-night stay

Staying at the Queens Hotel on a half board basis – Only £329pp

What to expect when taking a holiday to Paignton

Paignton beach and the nearby Preston Sands, which are continuously at low tide, are used for water sports including kite surfing and dinghy sailing. Both are beautiful sandy beaches and have no strong currents, making them popular with swimmers and families. Both have green spaces immediately inland. Paignton Green has a pirate-themed Adventure Golf course and the Paignton Geoplay Park, a children’s play area, which has the area’s geology as its theme. 

Immediately to the east of Paignton Harbour is Fairy Cove, which features good exposures of the Torbay Breccia, a red sandstone with pieces of rock which washed into it when the area was a desert. Also, within easy reach of Paignton lies Goodrington which has another popular beach backed by Young’s Park, with its boating lake, and a large outdoor waterpark. 

The Queen’s hotel is widely known for its high standards, relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and excellent menus. This 3-star favourite hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Paignton, only a short walk from the town centre and the seafront. The Queens Hotel’s comfortable interior, fine restaurant, cosy lounge, and heated indoor swimming pool secures its place as one of Paignton’s favourite holiday hotels.  The hotel’s friendly and professional staff are on hand to take care of your every need so your stay in The English Riviera is a relaxing, refreshing and rejuvenating one. 

What’s does your coach holiday to Paignton include?

Your coach holiday to Paignton also comprises of 2-day excursions, and one day free to do as you wish in Paignton. 

Things to do in Paignton.

  1. Visit Paignton Zoo

According to independent visitor feedback Paignton Zoo is one of Britain’s top three animal attractions. The zoo is managed by a registered charity and was one of the first in Britain to emphasise animal conservation.

The Tropical Forest House has caimans, various crocodile species, boa constrictors, green anacondas, matamata turtles and a variety of other reptiles. Also there is the Forest Animals area, where you’ll get within metres of Sumatran tigers, Asian lions, western lowland gorillas, orangutans, lemurs and lar gibbons. The animal enclosures are joined by themed gardens, growing medicinal and commercial plants, along with Mediterranean, tropical and subtropical species.

  1. Paignton Beach 

The go-to for family days by the sea in Paignton, the main beach has a long strip of sand in red and golden tones. As with most of the beaches in Tor Bay, you can swim here in safety, and the surf is gentle enough for pedal boats and rowboats, which can be hired from the shore.

You can also rent a deck chair or a beach hut for the day, and simply bask in the sunshine. For amusements and endless sea views there’s Paignton Pier, while in August the Paignton Regatta, now more than 170 years old brings a funfair, boat races and a carnival atmosphere to the beach.

  1. Dartmouth Steam Railway 

Meandering through the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Dartmouth Steam Railway runs on an old Great Western Railway branch line between Paignton in the north and Kingswear in the south. The station at Paignton, which has vintage signage and an original metal and glass canopy, has recently been restored. From there you’ll journey down the coast, crossing Victorian viaducts and taking in vistas of the sea and countryside. The main season is April to November, during which nearly every service will be pulled by a steam locomotive (dating from the 1920s to the 1950s), with diesel trains used only when the steam engines are being repaired.

After arriving in Kingswear you can continue your journey with the same company, on a ferry across the River Dart to visit Dartmouth.

  1. Goodrington Sands

Another sublime beach, Goodrington Sands is under a mile south of the town centre, with a long, gently shelving sandy beach tracked by a promenade and split into two by a headland. The water is calm, so families flock here in summer, and when the tide goes out there’s a network of rockpools to investigate. Behind are multicoloured beach huts, and in summer the locomotives on the Dartmouth Steam Railway add an extra dose of English seaside nostalgia. The Seashore Centre right on the beach has displays on the wildlife inhabiting the English Riviera’s coastline. If you’re in Paignton with Children, this is a great accompaniment to a rockpooling expedition when the tide recedes at Goodrington Sands.

  1. Southwest Coastal Path

A National Trail and the longest waymarked footpath in the UK passes through Paignton on its 630-mile route from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Torbay is great if you want to walk small sections of the path, as there are railway stations and bus services all along the coast to get you home again. You could take a morning to hike the six miles down to Brixham, making your way through grassy countryside, along craggy red cliffs and next to secluded beaches and coves. You could carry on to Berry Head for a complete panorama of Torbay, right up to Torquay.

  1. Paignton Harbour

The town’s picturesque working harbour dates to 1847 and feels a world away from the ultra-posh marina at Torquay to the north. Paignton has avoided development and has kept a traditional feel.

You can watch the fishing boats coming and going, and amble along the harbour wall and quay for a better look. In among the Harbour Master’s building and rowing club on the South Quay there’s a cluster of bars and restaurants. You can also head to Paignton Harbour for boat tours around Torbay, and ferries to Torquay and Brixham.


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