Visit the holiday resort of Paignton on the South Devon coastline in sheltered Torbay, centrally located between Brixham and Torquay. Paignton is very popular as a family holiday resort.
Paignton pier was opened in June 1879 and had a major facelift in 1980. Also there is a thriving harbour with plenty of pleasure boats.
Paignton is mentioned in records dating back to the Domesday Book of 1086 AD. The town´s name has also been spelled as Paington and Peynton and is derived from Paega´s town, the name of the original Celtic settlement. 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.
Adjacent to the beach is Paignton Green offering the perfect spot to just sit and relax, also in the summer months there are a number of exciting family events staged here, also on the green is Pirates Bay - an 18 hole pirate themed adventure golf course full of fun and adventure for adults and children alike. Rather than the traditional UK style crazy golf, adventure golf is an American concept where the holes are skill based. There is also a 9 hole pitch and putt at Roundham Head, just past the harbour towards Goodrington.
Across the road from the beach there are plenty of inns with outside seating with the sea just metres away, or have a wonder through the town where there are lots of cafes and restaurants.
One of Paignton´s best known attractions is Paignton Zoo Environmental Park which gives visitors a life long respect for animals and the environment.