Paignton it a beautiful sea side resort in South Devon situated between Torquay and Brixham. It is one of our favourite UK destinations with loads to do for the whole family whatever the weather. If you are going to be visiting soon then check out our recommendations for things to do near Paignton as a family to make the most out fo your stay.
Things to do in Paignton
Paignton sea front offers a collection of beautiful beaches where you can play in the sand and swim in the sea. If you head towards the harbour you can even find a smaller beach hidden away known locally as Fairy Cove, which is the perfect spot for exploring rock pools and laying in the shallow waters.
Like all good seaside resorts Paignton beaches are accompanied by the pier. Here you will find arcades, rides and shops including a lovely fish and chip shop, just watch out for the chip pinching seagulls!
Pirates Bay Adventure Golf
Pirates Bay Adventure Golf is great fun for the whole family. It is sure to grab your attention as you take a stroll down the sea front with it’s bright and colourful pirate-themed course and wonderful palm trees. The adventure golf course is buggy-friendly and not too expensive either. It is likely to keep you busy for at least an hour, longer if you aren’t a golf pro. You can read a full review by Sabrina from The Mummy Stylist here for everything you need to know about Pirates Bay adventure golf.
Paignton Zoo is one of the best things to do in Paignton. It is a fantastic family attraction that will keep you busy for the whole day. They have over 2000 creatures across various habitats so you are sure to find something to please everyone. Why not take a walk through the lemur woods and see how close the free roaming lemurs are willing to get or take a trip to the gorilla house where you can see some silver back gorillas, a rarity in the UK.
As well as the animals you can also take a trip on the Paignton Zoo train ride which takes you on a loop around the zoo giving you a different perspective of certain enclosures.
If you have a zoo membership with any other zoo in the UK then have a look at the T’s and C’s as you may find that you can use your membership to gain access to Paignton zoo once a year for FREE.
Things to do near Paignton
Paignton is a beautiful seaside town in Devon however it is also surrounded by other incredible places, so if you can, do explore the wider area too. Here are some of our favourite things to do near Paignton. If you don’t drive then do check out the train times as Paignton itself has a train station in the town centre with great links to other local areas.
Babbacombe Model Village
Less than a half an hour drive from Paignton you will find the Babbacombe Model village.
It is located near the coast in Torquay and is referred to as one of the best model villages in Europe. It is home to 450 miniature buildings and has a ‘tiny population’ of 13,160. It’s a lovely place to visit for young and old, just make sure you take your time as otherwise you will miss all their wonderful attention to detail. For more information about how to make the most out of your visit to the Babbacombe Model Village head to Where To Go With Kids for a full review.
Crealy Adventure Theme Park
A day out at Crealy is non stop. You and your family can ride the rollercoasters, play on the adventure play areas, watch shows and meet the animals. There is something for everyone no matter the age. If you are looking for accommodation then you can also stay at Crealy itself as they offer camping, glamping and lodges. Situated about 40 minutes away from Paignton and easily accessible in the car. If you have adrenaline junkies for children then this is a must add to any list of things to do near Paignton. Crealy also has a new addition called Sooty Land, which is perfect for those aged 3-8.
Pennywell Farm is an amazing day out for the whole family. There is so much to see and do from tractor rides to pig racing and adventure play areas to piglet cuddles. It is by far the best farm we have ever visited. It is about 40 minutes away from Devon but if you have a car it is definitely worth taking the trip and you can easily stay all day without getting bored. If you do chose to stay for the day there are places to get food and drink on site or you can take a picnic and enjoy dinner in the sun.
Torquay Dinosaur world
Torquay Dinosaur world is perfect for any dinosaur lovers. It is situated opposite the harbour and is very easy to find. It is full of interesting information, hands on activities and incredible life like models. Torquay Dinosaur world is one of the smaller attractions and only takes an hour or two to complete but is perfect for some indoor fun if the weather turns. You can read our full review of Torquay’s Dinosaur World here. Torquay is only 20 minutes by car from Paignton and as well as having the dinosaur world there is also a beautiful harbour, shops, parks and of course beaches. If you do not have a car then you can also travel from Paignton to Torquay by bus or train.
South Devon Railway
The South Devon Railway is an award winning seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes offering you the opportunity to travel this stretch of the countryside by steam train. It is a fun way to see the countryside and explore nearby areas as you can get off the train, explore and then get a return ride home later in the day. You can read all about our railway adventure here.