Paignton is a coastal town in Devon in England. Together with Torquay and Brixham it forms the unitary authority of Torbay which was created in 1998. The Torbay area is a holiday destination known as the English Riviera. Paignton's population in the United Kingdom Census 2001 was 48,251. It has origins as a Celtic settlement and was first mentioned in 1086. It grew as a small fishing village and a new harbour was built in 1847. A railway line was opened to passengers in 1859 creating links to Torquay and London. As its population increased, it merged with the villages of Goodrington and Preston, Devon.

Why visit?

  • Paignton is home to a variety of attractions, including Paignton Zoo, the Paignton Pier, and the Dartmouth Steam Railway. There are also plenty of shops, restaurants, and pubs to explore.
  • Paignton is surrounded by stunning countryside, with rolling hills, lush green fields, and picturesque villages. Take a walk along the South West Coast Path and enjoy the breathtaking views.
  • Paignton is home to a number of historic sites, including the ruins of Paignton Castle, the remains of a Roman fort, and the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle.