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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.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Kents Cavern is our family business, it has been run by our family for over 110 years. A truely exciting and unique day out. Well worth a visit!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Theatre
“Something on here all the time. Tribute acts, opera, drama, comedy, music. Lots going on. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Zoo
“Our own maritime zoo - a great visit for all and only 20 minutes on foot from Rosa. Seabirds and animals. Brilliant views from here.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Cinema
“Big cinema complex for recent releases and mainstream films. Great for rainy days. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Nature
“Visit Berry Head and see the remains of the old fort. Great views and a café too.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Historic Site
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“Atmospheric house containing family silver, china and books from the 1950s with a woodland garden. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Garden
“A short boat ride from Dartmouth to Agatha Christie’s famous home and gardens ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“Multilane bowling-alley chain with party services and American comfort food at an on-site diner. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Torquay is a great location. Visit the wild life Bird Sanctuary. Food, Drinks, Theatre, Amusements & Shopping. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“We have been visiting the model village for over 30 years and every time we go we notice something different.Its magical at Christmas time when its lit up with thousands of fairy lights.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The food is delicious with lovely views over Torre Abbey Sands. Book a table as it's very popular. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“If you like seafood then this is a place not to miss. Serving the best fresh fish and shellfish from Brixham, the Bistro is situated overlooking the harbour. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Fabulous little village just off the seafront road, marvellous tea rooms with pianist, thatched cottages and a manor house with working blacksmith, goldsmiths, chocolate factory and more. Lovely park area to walk in ”
  • 23 locals recommend
History Museum
“A museum that takes visitors back through 400 million years of time; a great place for world culture, local history and artefacts, in addition to a fascinating gallery dedicated to Agatha Christie. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Gym Pool
“Swimming, Sauna, Fitness gymnasium, bar and all sorts of events throughout the year.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“The food is delicious with lovely views over Torre Abbey Sands. Book a table as it's very popular. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“If you like seafood then this is a place not to miss. Serving the best fresh fish and shellfish from Brixham, the Bistro is situated overlooking the harbour. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Pub
“Slighly pricy and aimed at the Rich and trendy. The road down is a bit tortuous and we wouldn't advise taking your car in summer although there is a small car park. You can walk down through Walls Hill or down the road, but take care, it's very steep and very narrow in places. However, it's probably well worth the effort. We only go in winter when it's quiet. You can also walk along to Oddicombe beach from here and tale the cliff railway back up the steep cliff route. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“A wonderful seafood restaurant overlooking the River Dart. Worth booking first, but lovely to finish off a trip perhaps to Greenways.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“It's within a 5 minute walk, you can chose to sit inside or out and you have beautiful views of the beach. Oh and the food is great too.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Seafront restaurant/café that serves decent food. We like it here but it closes for lunch so don't go between 3 and 5!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
“Overlooking Brixham working harbour this a smart sea food restaurant with a take away down below - if your lucky the woodburner will be crackling away”
  • 20 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

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