Discover Paignton with megabus
Paignton: top 3 things to do
1. Meet the animals at Paignton Zoo
More than 2000 creatures call Paignton Zoo home, and the way it’s laid out means you can get up close to the animals. Unsurprisingly, this place is hugely popular as a family day out, and gets great reviews. Get here early if you’re coming during the school holidays, as there can be queues at peak times.
2. Spend a day on Goodrington Sands
This long, sandy stretch of beach close to Paignton is probably the most popular in the area, and it’s no wonder. Goodrington Sands has enough space to spread out, some great rock pools for kids to explore, and the water is safe for swimming. Access is easy too – there’s a slipway to get onto the sand.
3. Get back to nature at Reach Outdoors
You can try coasteering, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and loads more at Reach Outdoors on Goodrington Sands beach. One of the coolest activities, though, has to be the bushcraft survival skills session. You can learn how to make fire, build a shelter and cook a meal in the wilderness.
Paignton: getting around
Coach travel to Paignton is nice and easy with megabus. On your journey to this English Riviera town, you can make the most of the free WiFi and charge your phone using the onboard power sockets. You’ll get a 20kg luggage allowance for all your things, too. To find out more about what’s included, read our onboard facilities page.
Once you get to Paignton, walking is the best way to see the town. The town centre is a five-minute walk from the seafront, so you can pop to the shops in the morning then spend the afternoon on Paignton Beach.
The South West Coastal Path links the rest of Paignton’s beaches, so you can reach Preston Sands if you head north, or Goodrington Beach if you walk south. And if you’d rather catch the bus there are plenty of services running.
The main bus station is in the town centre, opposite the train station on Great Western Road. Take the number 12 bus if you want to head over to Brixham – the journey takes about 20 minutes. There are regular services running to Torquay, too, so you can easily explore the rest of the English Riviera.
Paignton: best for nightlife
Proper pubs are the name of the game in Paignton, so if you’re looking for a pint in the evening, you’ve got plenty of options. Lots of them are clustered around Torbay Road, leading away from the beach. The Talk of The Town – a Wetherspoon’s close to the seafront – does good meal deals and decent drinks. A little further across town, The Torbay Inn is Paignton’s oldest pub and a big hit with locals. And if you can get out even further, Ye Olde Smokey House just outside of town has a highly-recommended carvery.
If it’s bars and clubs you’re after, take a bus or taxi over to Torquay Harbour. This is definitely the place to be if you’re planning a late one.
Paignton: best for shopping
If you’re looking for holiday gifts and coastal trinkets, start at Paignton Beach and follow Torbay Road away from the sand. You can pick up everything from buckets and spades to postcards and seaside souvenirs on the way.
Keep walking and you’ll reach the town centre, with the bulk of shops clustered around the High Street and Hyde Road. This isn’t the place for high fashion – head to Torquay if serious shopping is on the agenda – but you can stock up on holiday essentials at places like Boots and Tesco.
Paignton for free: our top 3
1. Explore Saltern Cove
Keep walking five minutes from Goodrington Beach and you reach Saltern Cove. It’s one of many Sites of Special Scientific Interest that make up the English Riviera’s UNESCO Global Geopark. Take the steep steps down to the beach and you’ll reach rock pools and a nature reserve that extends beneath the surface of the water.
2. Hit the beach
The area’s biggest attraction – its coastline – won’t cost you a penny to visit, particularly if you pack a picnic. This part of the English Riviera has no end of beaches to explore – Broadsands Beach has a coveted Blue Flag for cleanliness, and Hollicombe Beach makes a great stop-off between Paignton and Torquay.
3. Spend an afternoon in Brixham
The neighbouring town of Brixham is a great place to visit if you’re staying in Paignton. You can walk the six mile journey, get there by bus, or even book a ferry via Paignton Pleasure Cruises. Then spend the day at the harbor watching the fishermen bring in the day’s catch, before heading out to dinner to sample it.
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