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Paignton is one of the three towns that make up the urban area of Torbay in South Devon and is situated between the other two towns of Torquay and Brixham.
The population of Paignton is around 50,000 and the numbers increase considerably in the summer months.
Although Paignton is mentioned in the Domesday Book it's not generally regarded as an old town. It remained a small fishing village until the railway arrived in 1859 and its appearance resembles other Victorian seaside resorts in character.
It is unashamedly a family holiday resort with its sandy beaches, pier and amusements. It has a totally different feel to Torquay and Brixham.
Popular things to do include taking a ride on the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, visiting the animals at Paignton Zoo and taking a boat trip from Paignton Harbour.
1. Oldway Manor was built for Isaac Merritt Singer, founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. At present it is owned by the council but will shortly be turned into a hotel.
2. Torbay Picture House (now closed), built in 1907, was Europe's oldest purpose built cinema and often visited by Agatha Christie.
3. The Royal Bijou Theatre in Hyde Rd. (now demolished) was the theatre used for the premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Pirates of Penzance'
4. Rossitters department store (closed in 2009 after 150 years in business) was considered to be the inspiration for the sitcom "Are You Being Served?"
- Pros:Safe Beaches
- Cons:Not much in the way of Culture
- In a nutshell:An ideal place for a family holiday
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