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Esplanade Hotel

United Kingdom, Paignton

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Great things to do while you are staying at the Esplanade Hotel, Paignton in Devon:

Paignton is on the English Riviera – a coastal destination in Devon of 22 miles of beautiful coastline, sandy beaches and a wealth of outdoor activities for all the family, looking for a traditional English seaside holiday.

Visit Paignton visitor information.

On the doorstep:

Dartmouth Steam Railway, 0.5 mile
Starting in Paignton, take a trip on a steam train, boat or paddle steamer, and take in the delights of Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth and the River Dart, Kingswear and Totnes.

Paignton Zoo, 1.5 miles
Explore the various zones of this well laid-out zoo – the big cats, the ape centre, rhino house, giraffe house, baboon rock, crocodile swamp and many others – plus restaurant and café.

Clennon Gorge, 2.5 miles
A 60-acre nature reserve – perfect for family walks, picnics and following the nature trail from Paignton Zoo.


This is the area known as the English Riviera, and so you are spoiled for choice for sandy beaches, traditional seaside attractions and watersports. Try out any of the following while you are staying at the Esplanade Hotel:

Paignton Beach, 400 metres
Saltern Cove and Oyster Cove, 1.4 miles
Goodrington Beach, 0.5 miles
Broadsands Beach, 2 miles
Meadfooot Beach, 4.6 miles

Within 10 miles:

The Princess Theatre Torquay, 3.5 miles
The number one spot for the very best evening entertainment during your stay in the Torbay Hotel, with regular shows featuring amazing acts from all over the world.

Cockington Court, 3.5 miles
Just a mile from the seafront, this historic manor house is a centre for quality arts and crafts from both local and internationally acclaimed artists. Watch glassblowers, blacksmiths and chocolatiers at work.

Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves, 4.7 miles
A simply amazing day out discovering this underground world just a short walk from the town centre. The cave is a flat walk with plenty of headroom. There’s a restaurant and exhibitions.

Brixham, 5 miles
Picturesque fishing village with a buzzing harbour, fantastic seafood restaurants and regular events.

Churston Golf Club, 2.7 miles
A stunning 18-hole parkland course with views across the sea close to Torbay, and a warm welcome for visitors.

Torquay Golf Club, 5.4 miles
A thiriving Club just a couple of miles from the Hotel, where visitors are welcome to come and play the beautiful, challenging 18-hole course.

Days out:

Greenway Ferry and Pleasure Cruises, 5 miles
Take to the seas with one of the many ferry services that depart from Dartmouth, Dittisham and Greenway. These range from sightseeing cruises to excursions. Cruise down the picturesque River Dart or visit the home of the late great Dame Agatha Christie.

Berry Head National Nature Reserve, 6.5 miles
This stunning headland, with lighthouse and Napoleonic Fort, is surrounded by water on three sides and offers exceptional views across the English Riviera coast.

Woodlands Family Theme Park, 15 miles
The largest theme park in Devon with a whole range of exhilarating rides, zoo farm, falconry centre and forest zone.

Dartmoor National Park, 15 miles
A whole world to discover on Devon’s wild, open moorlands – rivers, forests, high rocks, rambling, cycling, birdwatching, fishing and every adventure activity you can imagine are available here.