Destination guide

Have a seaside adventure from Paignton holiday lettings

The town of Paignton resides right on the coast of Tor Bay and offers stunning seaside views, romantic walks along the shore and a number of resort-style amenities that make for an outstanding holiday travel experience. There are historic places of interest, swimming, water sports, fine dining, shopping and a lively bar and club scene. There’s also a plethora of family-friendly attractions to keep the kids entertained. Your ideal travel experience begins right here with a world of adventure, and it starts by securing your Paignton holiday lettings.


Historic sites to visit near villa rentals in Paignton

There is much local history to discover near villa rentals. Torre Abbey was founded in 1196 and today is a completely preserved medieval monastery with a museum inside. Oldway Mansion was established in 1875 and the house and gardens are open to tours. Cockington Court was built in the 16th century and though the original building was destroyed, the church is estimated to date to 1069 and the forge is over 500 years old. Berry Pomeroy Castle is the ruins of a 16th-century fortification and Elizabethan mansion which legend claims is haunted.


Activities and attractions in and around Paignton

Are you searching for things to do in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Paignton a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Paignton Zoo (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Living Coasts (3.1 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
  • Torquay Golf Club (4.4 mi / 7 km)
  • S W Coast Path (5.7 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Woodlands Leisure Park (6.8 mi / 10.9 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Paignton

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, July, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 19°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Paignton

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, Paignton is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Paignton Beach (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • Preston Beach (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Goodrington Sands Beach (1.5 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Torre Abbey Sands (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Meadfoot Beach (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Greenway House and Garden (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Paignton

The nearest airport is in Exeter (EXT-Exeter Intl.), located 21.6 mi (34.8 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is Paignton Station.

How to get around

How to get around from your Paignton holiday cottages

Transportation to the area can be acquired in any number of ways. Paignton railway station will get you to holiday cottages and is a short walk from shops and a beach. Other train services will get you to nearby and regional towns and cities. There are bus and coach services throughout the town and to other areas in the region. Driving is also an option, whether you choose a personal vehicle, a car hire, a taxi service or rideshare. Since many areas in the town are visitor focused, popular ways to get around include walking and cycling.

Food & drink 

Food and drink to enjoy near Paignton holiday homes

As you enjoy holiday homes near Paignton, regional dishes offer the full experience. The pasty is one of the most popular local dishes, a sort of meat pie variant with vegetables. Hog’s Pudding is another local delicacy, a sausage made from bread, oatmeal, suet, meat and fat. The basic comfort food in the area is old-fashioned fish and chips, which can be had in most local pubs. For tea or dessert, there are always Devonshire splits, a sweet bun split and served with jam and heavy cream.

Essential info

What you should know about a Paignton holiday rental

Paignton has been called the English Riviera. It’s a town of around 50,000 people whose numbers swell by the tens of thousands due to the hospitality industry, especially during the summer high season. Its roots go back to before the 10th century and it is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book. It’s a safe place to enjoy a holiday rental, but exercising basic caution like sticking with a group when walking around is always advisable. There’s easy transportation and a wealth of local attractions and activities to enjoy both indoors and outdoors.

Family friendly

Family fun to be had near Paignton holiday lettings

Those looking for family fun will find a myriad of activities near Paignton holiday lettings. The Paignton Zoo Environmental Park lets you see animals from all over the world, including gorillas, lions and tigers, plus the kids can take train rides and participate in animal feeding. Splashdown Quaywest is a water park with slides, tyre rides, pools and even a toddler safety pool. Paignton Pier has a lively entertainment centre with bowling, amusement rides, miniature golf and a cafe. The coastal village of Goodrington is also along Tor Bay and offers beaches, dining and entertainment centres the family will enjoy.

How many holiday rentals are available around Paignton?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,742 holiday lettings around Paignton. From 744 cottages to 20 chalets, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Paignton?

Perhaps it's the dreamy ocean views, or maybe it's the opportunity to totally relax during those long summer days. But there's just something about a beach escape that calls to all of us. HomeAway has 406 beachside holiday rentals. Of course, that may not be quite your holiday style. Fortunately, HomeAway has a selection of other options, including:

  • 301 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 284 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 225 town holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Paignton?

Instead of getting a cookie-cutter hotel room this holiday, you could just rent a whole house. You'll be part of the neighbourhood before you know it! There are 652 houses currently listed on HomeAway. Prices start from £55 a night. Or maybe you'd rather go for one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Cottage: 546 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £60 per night.
  • Apartment: 448 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 89 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £35 per night.

Can I stay in Paignton in a large group?

There's nothing better than staying somewhere entirely new with your friends and loved ones. And the great news is HomeAway has some options to suit big groups. House holiday rentals are the leading choice here for big groups of travellers. Our worldwide database currently has 156 available. If you're planning on travelling in a big group, the properties for rent that will serve you well include:

  • Looking for rentals that can house 6 guests? We have 513 that will be ideal. The prices start from £42 per night.
  • Need a place for 5 guests? We have 248 that will be ideal. Prices start from £42 per night.
  • Trying to find rentals suitable for 8 people? You'll be glad to learn we have 233 that will fit the bill. You can get one for as little as £67 per night.

Your whole squad will be more than satisfied when you organise your Paignton getaway with us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Paignton?

Friends are the family we choose. Catch up with those who truly matter and arrange a cost-conscious getaway with HomeAway. Roundham is perfect for bargain hunters. And with 29 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £66 a night, it isn't hard to see why. St. Michaels is another good option. We have holiday rentals here, and the average price is around £69 a night.