Paignton is part of the stunning English Riviera which also includes Torquay & Brixham. Paignton has plenty to offer including superb beaches of golden sand and a good selection of seafront restaurants, bars and marine activities. The beaches in Paignton stretch for miles and make for fantastic walks with breathtaking views or rockpool exploring!
Traditional family holiday destination
Paignton was a small fishing village until the 19th century, when in 1837 the Paington Harbour Act saw the construction of a new harbour and the modern spelling, Paignton, first appeared. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of AD 1086. Formerly spelt Peynton and Paington, the name derives from Paega's town which was the original Anglo-Saxon settlement. The town has had a market and fair since 1294.
Paignton is rightly famous for the wonderful soft and sandy beaches (with all important child friendly waters) and offers a bright and family fun atmosphere. There are traditional seaside activities with paddle boats and canoes or there are motor boats and cruise boats for hire. If you're feeling full of energy you could try water skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, fishing and that much admired pastime, crabbing. Don't forget, bacon is the best bait of all - ooh, and don't forget to throw the poor crabs back in the water when you're done. There are also waterslides to crazy golf to try your hand at too.
Paignton beach and the nearby Preston Sands are used for water sports including kite surfing and dinghy sailing. The reed beds found at Broadsands beach are a haunt of the rare cirl bunting. Hollicombe beach, situated at Paignton's northern boundary with Torquay, features a geological stratotype at its northern end, known as the "Corbyn's Head Member". Elberry Cove is used by jetski enthusiasts, while Saltern Cove is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its distinctive geology.
Agatha Christie lived in nearby Torquay and often attended the Torbay Picture House in Paignton and based the theatres in her thrillers on that cinema
Getting to Paignton
Postcode for SatNav: TQ4 6AF