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The other railway station in Paignton is Goodrington Sands (opened 1928), now part of the Dartmouth Steam Railway.
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Located in Devon, Paignton Zoo is one of the South West's most exciting visitor attractions. It’s a place to roam, discover and get in touch with your inner animal.
With over 2,000 animals across 80 acres – you’re in for a really wild time at Paignton Zoo.
For a family day out, why not head for one of the many Paignton attractions, like Paignton Zoo? Kids and adults alike will have a great time exploring the Savannah or the Wetland, and the zoo is also home to some of the rarest species on the planet. Fancy something a bit more active? No problem - Paignton is home to some fantastic beaches where you can water ski, paddleboard and even go skim boarding. Alternatively, why not hire a boat and simply mess about on the water?
VisitPaignton.net also has a section called "The Torbay Guide", a guide dedicated mainly to Torquay as well as Paignton, with a wealth of tourist information about all the local attractions, beaches, coves, headlands, holiday accommodation and much more. . .
Brixham is only a few miles away. Day out?
Suttons Seeds, a supplier of seeds, bulbs and horticultural products, is based in Paignton.
Torquay Tramways were extended into Paignton in 1911 but the network was closed in 1934.
Most of Paignton is in the Torbay constituency. At the 2015 general election, Kevin Foster became the Conservative MP with a majority of 3,286. Some areas in the southern and western parts of the town are in the Totnes constituency. In 2015, Sarah Wollaston retained the seat for the Conservative Party with a majority of 18,385. In the 2009 European elections, the United Kingdom Independence Party topped the poll in Torbay with 34.4% of the vote.[dead link]
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This Devon cottage is ideally located for both Paignton and Brixham.
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There are plenty of things to do around Paignton too, and for a romantic day out for two you can’t go wrong with a trip on the Dartmouth Steam Railway. Setting off from Paignton along one of the most idyllic stretches of coastline in the country, you’ll head for the pretty village of Kingswear where you can relax in the sunshine and enjoy an alfresco lunch.
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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.
Come rain or shine Paignton Zoo is a fun filled day out for all the family, and you’ll need all day to see it all.
The Zoo is laid out so you can get up close to some of the animal wonders of the word across our specially designed habitats.
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The railway line to Paignton was built by the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway, and opened to passengers on 2 August 1859, providing Torquay and Paignton with a link to London.
Get up close to some of the animal wonders of the world across our specially designed habitats - from the savannah to the wetlands and the tropical forest. Run wild in our play areas or hop aboard our unique Jungle Express train to get even closer to the action. We’re also registered charity and part of a worldwide network of zoos which cares for and breeds rare species thanks to visitors who help fund the work.
If you haven’t quite got your sea legs and just fancy a paddle, Paignton’s gorgeous sandy beaches are family-friendly, safe and clean, with many of them holding the coveted Blue Flag award for cleanliness. You may have to dust the sand out of your sandwiches, but it’s perfect for building sandcastles with the little ones!
We have a wide variety of options to choose from, ranging from our Island Restaurant to kiosks located in convenient locations around the Zoo.
A great holiday rental in Stoke Gabriel, close to the mill pond and village centre.
Discover the perfect self-catering holiday apartment, hotel, holiday caravan, guest house, holiday cottage or bed and breakfast accommodation here in The Visitor Guide to Paignton for your Paignton holidays on the English Riviera in beautiful South Devon in the South West of England.
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The department store Rossiters was a centrepiece of the town until its closure in January 2009. The store is said to have been the inspiration for the sitcom Are You Being Served?. In 2010, it reopened as a discount store.
From 1889 to 1897 the mathematician Oliver Heaviside lived in Palace Avenue, in the building now occupied by Barclays Bank. A commemorative blue plaque can be seen on the wall. Heaviside is buried in Paignton Cemetery.
After a day at sea, head for Paignton Pier where you’ll find plenty of fun activities for everyone, from the amusement arcade to the crazy golf that’s guaranteed to bring out your competitive side.
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Tourist attractions include Paignton Zoo and the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, which operates steam trains from Paignton to Kingswear, from where a ferry can be taken across the River Dart to Dartmouth. The line was closed by British Rail during the cutbacks of the Beeching era in the 1960s, and is operated today as a heritage railway line.
VisitPaignton.net also has a section called "The Goodrington Guide", a guide dedicated mainly to Goodrington as well as Paignton, and has information about all the local attractions, beaches, coves, headlands and more. . .