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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Zoo
“Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, is a zoo in Paignton, Devon, England, which was opened to the public in 1923. The zoo is part of South West Environmental Parks Ltd which is owned by the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT). It is a combined zoo and botanic garden that welcomes over half a million visitors a year. WWCT also runs Living Coasts in Torquay, Devon and Newquay Zoo in Newquay, Cornwall. All three are registered charities. Paignton Zoo has a collection of about 2,000 animals representing nearly 300 species. It also cultivates about 1,600 different species of plant. It currently employs over 100 permanent staff and an additional 120 seasonally. A registered educational and scientific charity, Paignton Zoo is committed to the highest standards of animal husbandry and welfare, to scientific research, education and the breeding and conservation of rare and endangered animal and plant species. Paignton Zoo was one of the earliest combined zoological and botanical gardens in Britain and the first that was opened with education as its mission. Paignton Zoo was, based on visitor feedback, named by TripAdvisor as the third best zoo in the UK and ninth best zoo in Europe in 2014.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Cinema
“Big cinema complex for recent releases and mainstream films. Great for rainy days. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Great to cool down in this outdoor water park. Lots of slides to slide down into the water”
  • 10 locals recommend
Establishment
“The kids love it. Nosey fun. Plenty to see and do, and enjoy some great fish and chips and ice cream ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely quiet bar during the day and comes alive at night time with live bands. Lovely carvery food on a Sunday”
  • 6 locals recommend
Theatre
“The only Theatre in Paignton, is set in the heart of the town and has a real community feel to it. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Mini Golf
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Torbay Velopark has now been open for two and a half years, and has had over 17,500 visits! The Velopark is a multi-sport facility that was created to provide a safe environment for local residents and visitors to use their bikes and ride off road. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Beach
“Paignton boasts some of the best beaches on the English Riviera. Paignton Sands, Preston Sands, Goodrington Beach and Broadsands are beautiful sandy stretches. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“At Goodrington beach you can go on a kayak , play golf or just go for a lovely walk. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Establishment
“Set on a hillside just above Paignton, there are several lakes that you will pass on your way up to the Angling Centre. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Food
“Occombe Farm Cafe provides homemade and delicious dishes every day: Occombe Farmhouse Breakfasts, Lunch, The Sunday Roast, Cakes & Cream Teas & Sweet Treats, Hot Drinks, Cold Drinks, Wine and Beer, also Daily Specials ~ with a wide choice of seasonal special dishes available.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Amazing beaches and dogs allowed, great views and good vibes :) try a bit of paddle boarding if you wish ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Gym
“Located in the heart of Paignton we are a leisure centre offering a 33m swimming pool, 75 station gym, sports hall, 4 squash courts, and a friendly onsite café. If you have any questions or need more information please don't hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to welcoming you to Torbay! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Route
“A wheelchair- friendly 1 mile walk on the South West Path around the town's sixteenth- century fishing industry. ”
  • 2 locals recommend