Pretty as a picture Paignton dishes up all the traditional delights of the English seaside...
Journey to Devon and check in at one of the many Paignton hotels. You won't regret it. On your doorstep you'll find beaches, fine Victorian architecture, family attractions and a host of things to see and do. Combine these factors with the pleasant weather and a couple of glamorous neighbours and you've got a recipe for a tasty holiday by the sea.
Located on the south coast of Devon, Paignton sits alongside Torquay and Brixham in an area known as Torbay, or the English Riviera. Comparisons with its French counterpart are justified, and thousands of holidaymakers flock to this area when the sun shines. So you had better be quick and book your Paignton hotel if you plan to visit the resort at the height of summer, at weekends, or during the school holidays.
With plenty of B&Bs, inns, budget hotels, and luxury hotels, there's a room to suit you in Paignton...
The grand and timeless hotels of the seafront dominate the accommodation scene here, alongside friendly B&Bs and guesthouses. Budget chain hotels also make an appearance in Paignton, with Premier Inn and Travelodge offering rooms. The Travelodge is close to the seafront, but both of the Premier Inn properties are on the outskirts of town.
If you want to simply be immersed in the best bits of Paignton, then staying in hotels by the sea and in the central area of the town is the wisest option.
You could also consider hotels in Torquay and hotels in Brixham, as the delights of the English Riviera are spread evenly and easily accessed from all areas.
Expect to see a few “no vacancy” signs in summer as Paignton can be very busy and hotels will fill. Many accommodation providers will request at least a two-night stay during these peak periods.
Be charmed by Paignton and its many attractions...
Holidays with the family are ideal in this lovely corner of England, where there are plenty of highlights for kids both young and old.
Top five attractions
More than 2,000 animals reside at this zoo. See lions, giraffes and monkeys, and let the children giggle at the inquisitive meerkats. There are also play areas and restaurants.
Dartmouth Steam Railway
All aboard! This delightful mode of transport is the perfect way to see south Devon. Book a Round Robin ticket to do a loop from Paignton; it includes a journey on a boat along the Dartmouth River.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest draws of the Devon coastline, the fine beaches of Paignton Sands, Preston Sands, Goodrington Beach and Broadsands are ideal for building sand castles, paddling in the waves, or simply lazing under the sun.
Prepare to cave into the pressure because the kids will be begging to visit this fantastic park from the moment they clap eyes on the brilliant play areas. The park reflects the geological history of the area, so they might just learn a little something too.
Splashdown Waterpark Quaywest
For something a little more adventurous than larking about on the beach, take the family to this waterpark where there are flumes and slides for the big children and splash pools for the little ones.
As you'd expect from this classic seaside resort, there's a bounty of fun events throughout the year...
Paignton has a number of lively highlights on its yearly calendar, with some of the biggest and best events taking place close by on the English Riviera.
Brixham Pirate Festival; May: Swashbuckling entertainment is staged in nearby Brixham - any child with more than a passing interest in pirates will be enthralled during this event.
Babbacombe Festival; June: If you're in Paignton in June make the 15-minute journey to Babbacombe for this fiesta on the Downs. Live music will have your feet tapping as you tuck into local cuisine.
Paignton Regatta; August: Timeless fun is on offer on Paignton Green. Expect a funfair, fireworks, and, of course, fish and chips - no trip to the seaside is complete without them.