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Welcome to Goodrington Sands in the holiday resort of Paignton in Torbay, affectionately known as "The English Riviera" in the beautiful shire of South Devon.

At the heart of the English Riviera, Goodrington Sands is well known as a safe 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 Brewer´s 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.

Dog Friendly

Goodrington Sands Beach is one of the few, if only, main beaches in Torbay on the English Riviera where you have a choice of enjoying a beach where there are no dogs allowed, or a part of the beach where dogs are allowed.

Goodrington Sands Beach (North) is dog friendly where dogs are allowed on the beach off lead all year round, they are also allowed off lead on the promenade and also in Goodrington Park which is adjacent to the beach.

Goodrington Sands Beach (South) has a dog ban from 1st May to 30th September, but they are allowed on the promenade on lead.

Just a few hundred metres from Goodrington Sands along the coast path is Saltern and Oyster Cove, both dog friendly, which are accessed across a small stone bridge over the steam railway line to a grassed headland which has panoramic views across the whole of Torbay.

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Goodrington Sands Beach Attractions

Goodrington Sands has some great attraction like the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway which can be boarded here at Goodrington Station and takes you along the South Devon coastline to Kingswear.

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

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.

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 café 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 is a short walk over Roundham Head from Goodrington Sands, and is at the centre of Torbay on the English Riviera in beautiful South Devon.

This family holiday resort has been a favourite since the Victorian era, and has gone from strength to strength over the years, becoming one of the nations chosen holiday destinations in Devon, and no wonder, it has everything a family holiday requires.

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 Apollo 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.

Paignton´s 5 Beaches

Paignton has 5 beaches, Broadsands Beach, Elberry Cove, Goodrington Sands, Paignton Sands and Preston Sands. Paignton also has another 3 small coves, the first two are Saltern Cove and Oyster Cove which is next to Goodrington Sands Beach, and Fairy Cove is next to Paignton Harbour.

Paignton Sands & Preston Sands - At low tide it is possible to walk between Preston Sands and Paignton Sands which is separated at high tide by the Redcliff Hotel.

Broadsands Beach in Paignton is in an idealistic rural setting, it is a red sandy beach which is between Goodrington and Brixham in Torbay, and has great views of Tor Bay, making it popular with locals and visitors. The beach is particular popular with families.

Elberry Cove in Paignton is a pebbled secluded beach surrounded by woodland.

Goodrington Sands Beach in Paignton is at the heart of the English Riviera, midway between Brixham and Torquay, a safe sandy award winning family beach where you can hire pedalos, sun loungers, beach huts or deck chairs, or go for a stroll through the gardens on the cliffs, which are lit up at dusk, to Paignton harbour.

Torbay Attractions

There are three main towns around the bay: Torquay in the north, Paignton in the centre, and Brixham in the south. Renowned for its healthful climate, the bay earned the nickname of the English Riviera.

Tor Bay itself is a fine natural harbour and home to a host of maritime events all year round, and due to the mild climate Torbay Palm trees are a common sight along the coast.

Torbay has lots of attractions for all the family, lots to see and do, like, Living Coasts, Kents Caven, Compton Castle, The Golden Hind, Riviera Centre, Pirate Golf, Occombe Farm, Paignton Pier, Babbacome Model Village, Torre Abbey, Greenway, Cockington Village, Bygones, Dinosaur World, and many more.... Plus lots of entertainment at the Princess Theatre Torquay, Palace Theatre Paignton, Babbacombe Theatre Torquay, Vue Cinema Paignton and the Little Theatre Torquay.

South Devon Attractions

The English Riviera is located in the beautiful county of Devonshire, with its rolling countryside and breathtaking scenery; it is a great counterpoint to the ruggedness of Dartmoor which is at its heart.

The English Riviera is a wonderful place for your holiday destination and a great base to explore the rest of the Shire of Devon.

Some the many attractions in South Devon include Buckfast Abbey, Woodlands Theme Park, Crealy Adventure Park, Canonteign Falls, Becky Falls, Pennywell Farm, South Devon Railway, Prickly Ball Farm, Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies, Finlake Riding Centre, Miniature Pony Centre, Powderham Castle, Dartmoor Zoological Park, and many more....

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