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The heart of Torbay. Loved for its long red sandy beaches, Paignton is a colourful, traditional seaside town. The bustling pier, lively seafront, decorous buildings make this an English Riviera favourite.
Paignton is mentioned in records dating back to the Domesday Book of 1086 AD. Paignton was a small fishing village until the 19th century, when the Paington Harbour Act led to the construction of a new harbour in 1837. It was also around this time that the modern spelling of Paignton appeared.
Once Torbay had no sea in it at all and the coast was way out beyond Berry Head. Torbay was a wooded valley. You can see evidence of the prehistoric woods at Goodrington on a very low tide when the stumps of these fossilised trees become visible at North sands.
- Airbnb, from £20 a night for a private room, while entire apartments/homes can start from around £40 a night, this would be my recommended option.
- Hostel. There are no hostels in Paignton.
- Camping, Hire a static caravan or bring your own camper or tent for as little as £11 a night at Widdicombe Farm Touring Park, Widend Touring Park, Whitehill Country Park, Beverley Holidays or Waterside Holiday Park.
- B&B & Guest Houses, There are loads to choose from, probably best to look at the reviews on tripadvisor. Prices start from £40 a night.
- Hotel, Again there are many from the budget Travelodge, Premier Inn and then the luxury hotels like Redcliff and Palace. Prices start from £40 – £150 a night.
- Bus, There are two companies running Stagecoach and Torbay Buses. A Stagecoach Dayrider is £5 for adults and £3.50 for a child, Area the ticket covers. After 7PM ask for a Nightrider £2 until end of service. The Gold busses are fitted with wifi and usb charging ports for each seat.
- Taxi, There are a few to choose from:
- Torbay Taxis: 01803 211611
- Price First Taxis: 01803 322322
- Torbay Cab Company: 01803 292292
- Riviera Taxis: 01803 212600
- Ace Taxis (Brixham): 01803 882121
- South Hams Cabs: 01803 840404
- Car, is by far the easiest option if you want to travel between towns. There are a few local places you can hire from, Thrifty, Enterprise, Chief & Budget Car
- Ferry, There are a few, but for just £2 and 20 minutes you can travel between the 3 towns. Check out We Ferry.
- Walking, With some of the best coastal paths in the country, walking these wont disappoint, with the stunning views on a sunny day. (Don’t forget the sunscreen)
- The Boathouse
- Cattlemans Restaurant at Parkers Arms (Cook your steak on a stone)
- Chandlers Coffee Shop Bistro
- CupCake Cafe (Not just cup cakes, high tea’s and breakfast to)
- Dragon Pearl (Chinese)
- East in the West (Best for a curry)
- Harbour Inn/Rio Grande/Olive (Choice of traditional pub, mexican or tapas)
- Henry’s Bar (Great beer selection & generous good food)
- Jade’s (Some say it’s the best breakfast in town)
- Lions Monocle (Quirky, great service with cocktails and food)
- Lucky 7 Bar (Members only, day membership is available)
- Oaktree Restaurant
- Peaky Blinders
- Restaurant 59
- Scoffs (Quick bite, Fish & Chips)
- Sky Bar and Bistro
- Spinning Wheel (Traditional pub, great atmosphere day & night)
- TJ’s (Enjoy a meal with a stunning view)
- Victorian Times