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Paignton Travel Guide: 64 reviews and 170 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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  • 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!

  • 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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