Paignton on the English Riviera

Welcome to The English Riviera in the beautiful shire of South Devon.

At the heart of the English Riviera, Goodrington Sands in Paignton is well known as a beautiful family holiday destination, with a gently sloping sandy beach, which is well managed every morning by tractor, tides permitting, to remove seaweed and stones washed up by the sea.

Goodrington Sands has all the normal facilities like beach huts, deck chairs, sunloungers and pedalo hire and also has beach manager supervision during the main season.

Goodrington Sands is also famous for the steam railway which runs adjacent to the sea, and can be boarded here at Goodrington Station for a journey along the picturesque South Devonshire coast line to Kingswear, where you can cross the River Dart by ferry over to Dartmouth.

Goodrington Sands also has a park with boating lake, nature reserve, go-karts and crazy golf and has a history dating back to the sixteenth century. There is also the old navel hospital from the Napoleonic war which is now a family friendly eatery pub which is part of the Brewers Fayre chain with plenty of outside seating taking in the breathtaking views of the bay.

Splashdown Waterpark at Quaywest is situated on the beach at Goodrington Sands and includes 8 slides & flumes, swimming pool and childrens toddler play areas, with the water heated to 27 celsius you can relax on the gentle Surf Lagoon or experience the exhilarating Screamer or the Wild Kamikaze. 

One of the other main attractions which is on the boarder between Goodrington and Paignton is Paignton Zoo.

Torbay Leisure Centre is situated just by Goodrington Sands Beach on the Dartmouth Road and has a 33.3metre indoor swimming pool and also a cafe bar.

Goodrington & Youngs Park - For the kids there are Go-Karts which also has Family Karts, for smaller children (accompanied by adults)

Also on Goodrington Pond you can hire bumper boats or swan pedalos for a slow meander around the pond. Next to the pond there is a crazy golf pitch and putt area and green.


Saltern Cove Goodrington

Saltern Cove is a natural cove located just a few hundred metres from Goodrington Sands Beach, it is accessed from a field above by a flight of steps which are a bit uneven in places and require great care, but is well worth it for people who like to clamber over rocks and rock pools, it is also worth mentioning that Saltern Cove is a site of special scientific interest and a local nature reserve which extends to approximately 350 meters below the low water mark. 

Saltern Cove is a favourite with dog walkers and people on holiday with their pets as they are allowed on the beach all year around.

Next to Saltern Cove there is another smaller cove called Oster Cove which has better access via a part metal staircase from the field above.

The field above the two coves has seating which take in the fantastic panorama view of Tor Bay. 

Paignton Sands

Paignton Sands has a gently sloping beach with the soft red sanded beach continuing on to Preston Sands at low to mid tide making this the largest continuous beach in Torbay, and as a legacy from the Victorian era, a pier which extends into the sea for about 200 metres.

On Paignton Sands you can hire beach huts, deckchairs, and sunloungers and for a gentle meander in the sea, why not hire a pedalo, a great way to cool off, especially on hot summer days. Paignton Sands also has beach manager supervision and first aid.

At one end of Paignton Sands is Paignton Harbour, which has plenty of pleasure boats for pleasure trips along the beautiful South Devonshire coastline, or why not spend the day on a fishing trip, there's plenty to choose from.

Adjacent to the beach is Paignton Green with a pirate themed crazy golf area, the Vue cinema and restaurant, and plenty of snack kiosks alongside the beach. Just across the road there are plenty of watering holes for a thirst quenching drink.

Paignton Pier is a great all weather family attraction with great amusements, a snack bar and lots more, all with breathtaking views of the Bay. The pleasure pier which was opened in June 1879 and had a major facelift in the 1980's

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.