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Paignton Travel Guide: 65 reviews and 183 photos

Family Seaside Resort in South Devon

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.

Paignton's Character

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.

Some Interesting Facts

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 and Cons
  • Pros:Safe Beaches
  • Cons:Not much in the way of Culture
  • In a nutshell:An ideal place for a family holiday
  • Intro Updated Jan 15, 2014
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  • jo104's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    thanks for sharing your tips on your home town I have never heard of this place even though my uncle lives in Tavistock Devon. Will make a turn when I visit him next I think

    • EasyMalc's Profile Photo
      May 5, 2015 at 10:46 AM

      ...and thank you for visiting Paignton virtually. The next time you visit your uncle and feel as though you want to stop by in Torbay don't hesitate to give me a shout if you would like an insider's view. Thanks for your ratings as well

  • RavensWing's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    That is a beautiful picture at the top of your page. Were you on top of a building or in a helicopter?

    • EasyMalc's Profile Photo
      Apr 13, 2015 at 8:11 AM

      I was in a tethered balloon that used to be in Torquay, but it's gone now.
      Thanks for checking out my pages Lynne - and go easy on that cider :-)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    Malcolm, it would be such a pleasure to stay in Paignton for a couple of days! Thanks for your interesting story!

    • EasyMalc's Profile Photo
      Oct 9, 2014 at 4:55 AM

      It would be a pleasure to see you Victor. There's more to the area than Paignton. It's just where I live.
      Thanks for checking my page out and rating.
      Good to see you on here.

  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Oh you live near Torquay. Brings the wonderful Fawlty Towers to mind!

    • EasyMalc's Profile Photo
      May 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Shame - but females are well known for changing their mind aren't they? lol

    • garridogal's Profile Photo
      May 10, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Sadly, it all depends on finances and not being fickle, lately!

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Good job, Malcolm. Paignton's a nice little town, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that beach!
    Regards
    Cathy

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Nice tips on your home town, Malcolm. If I ever come to Paignton I’ll make a point of getting a window seat on the left hand side of the carriage.

    • EasyMalc's Profile Photo
      May 31, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Thank you Don. You'd be most welcome in Paignton anyday

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    Malc, fantastic page about Paignton here. I especially love the photo of "The South Devon Railway Line near Teignmouth". I once walked along the sea front from Teignmouth to Dawlish. - Also I like that you mention the bus number how to get the Oldway Mansion. Very helpful.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    You live in a lovely part of the world but I've not been to Paignton since 1984 and I really enjoyed the tour - and specially that bit of Singer history. Pity the N.T. could not have taken over the Mansion and kept it available to all. Lovely photos too!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Wow! Just what I like to find. Lovely gardens + Mansion and history!
    Great tip!

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Those box hedges at Oldway Mansion look fantastic! Nice page! Gillybob greetings

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