The Barbican and Scenic Steam Train

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2 Included Excursions
  • Enjoy time at leisure in Paignton from our seafront hotel
  • Scenic journey on the South Devon Railway
  • Take an interesting harbour cruise
  • Discover the historic Barbican

Great beaches, panoramic views and a regal promenade, Paignton is a superb seaside resort where many holiday-makers return year after year. With illuminated gardens, harbour and secluded coves, join us and discover for yourself what this popular holiday destination has to offer.

This Holiday is Great For

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Day One:
From home to Paignton

Day Two - Four:
In and around Paignton

Day Five:
From Paignton to home

Esplanade Hotel


  • Stay close to the seafront of the English Riviera in the scenic town of Paignton
  • Relax and enjoy evening entertainment in the Hotel’s Riviera Suite
  • Easily reach lively Torquay and stunning Dartmouth by train or car

With fantastic views over nearby Paignton Beach and the centre of the town just a five minute walk away the Esplanade Hotel is the perfect location for a fantastic Cornish seaside holiday.

Paignton’s main beach is just a five minute walk from the hotel while Paignton Pier and quieter Goodrington Beach are both just a 10 minute walk away. The centre of the town has a number of great cafes, restaurants and bars selling fantastic and delicious food, great for relaxing and taking time out from a busy day of seaside fun, just a five minute walk from the hotel.

The town’s train station is a short walk away and from here you can reach the vibrant town of Torquay in 10 minutes and historic Exeter in less than an hour, driving times are similar. The station is also the start point for the Dartmouth steam railway, which will take you into the magnificent South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and along the River Dart to Dartmouth. The town is filled with beautiful pedestrianised streets, colourful houses and ancient churches with great views out across the river to the sea.

In the hotel you can enjoy delicious meals in the modern restaurant which operates a wide and varied menu. Enjoy evening entertainment in the Riviera Suite and for even greater comfort in your room as well as sea views over Tor Bay upgrade to a standard plus room.

Rooms at this hotel

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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Full Day Dartmoor: Barbican and harbour cruise

Excursion to the Barbican - the historic, maritime heart of Plymouth. Explore the narrow, cobbled streets and take an informative harbour cruise. We return via the wilds of Dartmoor, calling at Princetown along the way.


Half Day: South Devon Railway (2018 Departures Only)

A sightseeing trip is in store today as we take to the tracks and embark on a wonderful journey on the scenic South Devon Railway.