As you arrive in the traditional seaside resort of Paignton, you are met with the welcoming sight of its long stretch of beautiful and easily accessible beachfront, promenade, traditional pier, colourful beach huts and green.
You’re spoilt for choice for long sandy beaches and safe shallow waters, which are the perfect place for the family to go for a dip or to try out paddleboarding. Why not try Paignton Sands, Goodrington Sands or Preston Sands?
The great thing about Paignton is that it is a compact resort, with the seafront and town centre shops all within close proximity, making it an ideal Devon holiday resort for that relaxing break away. Once you arrive, you don't have to go far, but of course, there is plenty to see and do in the area if you wish to get out and about and explore.
From one of the UK’s biggest zoos, Paignton Zoo, to the UK’s largest outdoor waterpark at Splashdown Quaywest, a Steam Railway with extraordinary views, and a beach front crazy golf course, you’ll sure to find something for everyone at Paignton.
The stunning South West Coast Path stretches for miles in both directions so walkers can enjoy the wonderful scenery and breath-taking views all the way to Brixham or Torquay. An ideal base for your dog friendly stay too, with so many walks on the doorstep!
Don’t miss Devon’s 18th century Paignton Harbour, a real maritime gem with a bevy of boats, a historic harbour wall plus delightful restaurants and cafes where you can sample the famous local fish or try some tapas.
So if you’re looking for a traditional English seaside holiday, Paignton is the place for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Paignton have a sandy beach?
Paignton has several nearby beaches, Paignton Sands is the main beach and is where you will find the famous pier. The sand here is red in colour and is incredibly popular during the summer months. Also nearby is Goodrington Sands, which is also sandy.
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Can you swim in the sea at Paignton?
Paignton Beach is known for its safety and cleanliness and as such, it is a popular beach for swimming. Make sure to look out for local signs, especially around the pier as this is the only area where it is advised you shouldn't swim.Find out more about Paignton
Is Paignton Beach dog friendly?
Paignton's beaches are mostly dog friendly. The following beaches around Paignton are dog friendly:
- The North Side of Goodrington Sands is dog friendly all year round, but please be aware that there is a nature reserve next door, which dogs are not allowed to visit to help protect the local wildlife.
- Fairy Cove, which can be found at the south end of Paignton Sands is dog friendly
- Oyster Cove and Saltern Cove, which can be found between Goodrington Sands and Broadsands, which are dog friendly all year round. They are both accessed by the South West Coast Path and Saltern Cove is part of the local UNESCO Global Geopark. In fact, it is the only underwater SSSI in the UK.
- South Sands is dog friendly from October 1st until April 30th, please take note of local signage.
Is the pier dog friendly?
Yes, dogs are welcome on Paignton Pier as long as you keep them on a lead. Entry to the pier is free and features a wide choice of rides, games – including the latest video games – and amusements for all ages.Learn more about Paignton Pier