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Paignton has long been a favourite with visitors, particularly families who are looking for that traditional seaside break to the South Devon coastline. This beautiful seaside resort is nestled amidst the palm trees of the English Riviera and is within easy reach of Brixham and Torbay which are popular places to visit on days out during your holiday.
One of the many highlights of coach holidays to Paignton are the stunning sandy beaches which have been awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness so parents will be more than happy to bring their children to Paignton Sands as the shallow sea is perfect for paddling in. Not only can you paddle in the sea but there's also pedalos, boats and other fantastic watersports available for you to hire. You'll also find plenty of seaside entertainers, amusement arcades, Crazy Golf and Donkey Rides which are sure to keep everyone entertained during your break to Paignton. The sea wind can sometimes be blustery at times but as Paignton is a secluded cove, you should not be affected by this so take full advantage of the beach shops, ice cream kiosks, restaurants and bars all within easy reach of the sea front.
Visit Paignton Zoo, home to a variety of animals and plant life covering 75 acres of conservation land. Another popular attraction is the Dart Valley Steam Railway which travels between Paignton and Kingswear allowing you to then take a ferry to Dartmouth for a spot of shopping or where you can enjoy a relaxing cruise along the River Dart. For a spot of tranquillity, visit Goodrington Promenade and admire the beautiful illuminated gardens but if you're looking for fun, the activities along Paignton Pier should keep everyone amused. There are many other amazing places to visit all within easy reach of Paignton and these include: Quaywest Water Park, Babbacombe Model Village, Kents Cavern and the home of popular crime thriller novelist, Agatha Christie, at Greenway.
All coach holidays to Paignton start from £99 per person and usually include; return coach travel throughout (unless self-drive), hotel accommodation in a good standard hotel, meals and a variety of included or optional excursions to places of interest so that you see the best of this traditional seaside resort during your break.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Paignton, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
For further information about Paignton you can visit the official tourist board website at: englishriviera.co.uk
Paignton is definitely much more than just a seaside resort on the English Riviera, so make sure you plan a visit to some of these wonderful places during your holiday:
Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company
The Steam Railway and River Boat are unique in offering river, steam railway and sea adventures in the South Hams and English Riviera. The steam trains travel along the most spectacular coast between the seaside resort of Paignton and the beautiful village of Kingswear. The river boats run excursions on the stunning River Dart and offer daily scheduled services to the historic town of Totnes and regular services to the picturesque village of Dittisham.
When visiting the zoo, you will get the chance to get close to over 2000 animals and over 1600 species of plants all set in over 80 acres of naturalistic landscaped grounds. It is one of the earliest combined zoological and botanical gardens in Britain and first opened in 1923. The park is now owned by Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust.
The cavern is one of the most important Stone Age cave sites in Europe and is Britain's first prehistoric cave. For thousands of years, it was home to our distant ancestors, sheltering them from extreme weather and wild Ice Age predators. On your visit, you will be taken back to these ancient times as you walk through the extensive labyrinth of caverns surrounded by spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations. The caves are now a protected UNESCO site.
This a dramatic fortified manor house with a small formal garden. This medieval fortress with high curtain walls and towers, set in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards, was used in the filming of 'Sense and Sensibility'. For nearly 600 years, it has been home to the Gilbert Family and whilst visiting you can wander around the medieval kitchen and Great Hall.