Paignton has some fantastic attraction and events, like Paignton Regatta week which is a full week of varied events in and around Paignton with something for all the family from Saturday 8th August to Sunday 16th August 2009 inclusive, and also includes a spectacular fireworks display.
Also there is the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway which starts at Paignton along side the Paignton main railway Station and takes you along the South Devon coastline to Kingswear.
One of the other main attractions of Paignton is Paignton Zoo, visit the Island Restaurant which is located in the heart of the Zoo and overlooking Gibbon Island, the Island Restaurant is the ideal place to stop for morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea.
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Experience the adventure of Pirates Bay - A new landscaped 18 hole course situated on Paignton Seafront. Pirates Bay is an 18 hole pirate themed adventure golf course on Paignton Green, full of fun and adventure for adults and children alike. Avast me hearties!! There be a new place on Paignton Green, one of skullduggery and wretched piracy. It be called Pirates Bay!
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.
Just a stroll across the road from the beach and there are plenty of inns with outside seating to have a meal or a drink with the sea just metres away, or have a wonder through the town where there are lots of cafes and restaurants.