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Living Coasts

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Beacon Quay | Torquay Harbourside, Torquay TQ1 2BG, England
+44 1803 202470
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Some great coastal wildlife for a family trip

Very good for families - lots of chances to watch otters, penguins and seals feeding, with good... read more

Reviewed yesterday
via mobile
Amazing little zoo.

This place is lovely, it is a good little adventure. Situated by the sea, you can get up close to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ollie M
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Welcome to Living Coasts, an all weather attraction, located on Torquay seafront in South Devon, where there’s plenty to see and do: mingle with the playful penguins, get up close to the otters, octopus and seals, and much more. Visit Penguin Beach to walk with the African and macaroni penguins and catch our entertaining feeding time talks.
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  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“paignton zoo” (244 reviews)
“feeding times” (95 reviews)
“octopus” (87 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Beacon Quay | Torquay Harbourside, Torquay TQ1 2BG, England
+44 1803 202470
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very good for families - lots of chances to watch otters, penguins and seals feeding, with good commentary from the staff and fine viewpoints. In the centre of town - we parked up the hill behind a Debenhams (as guided by the signposts). It’s quite...More

Thank africaguy
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is lovely, it is a good little adventure. Situated by the sea, you can get up close to the marine animals, I even had a duck come up to me and say hello.

Thank Ollie M
Reviewed 2 days ago

we first visited living coasts 6 yrs ago when we decided to get married there on Aug 2nd we had an amazing and beautiful day we had photos on the penguin beach and all our guests had an amazing time having a tour around the...More

Thank Dave P
Reviewed 4 days ago

Living Coast is the coastal part of Paignton Zoo. It is great for hildren, in not only seeing the animals but also offers knowledge to children about the growing problems of sea pollution and environmental issues on how we can make a difference. A big...More

1  Thank Sharon W
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a lovely family day out at the living coast. the staff were really help full and knowledgeable about all the animals and if they didn't know, they went and got the specialist keeper. The seals and otters were great but the day was...More

Thank Adamseabreeze
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We started off our trip in the cafe which had some particularly rude staff which was a shame to start off the day. We didn't see many of the animals as it was particularly cold and windy but enjoyed our wonder around, especially looking at...More

Thank RLC1984
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place where you can get close to the animals. There is a timetable of when the different species are fed so that you can plan your trip around the site. The penguins and ducks come right up to visitors which is...More

1  Thank Heather F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Living Coasts in January with grandchildren and they seemed to enjoy it. I think they especially liked the penguins! It was, overall, nicely done. However, I do think the admission price is a bit steep at £41 for a family of four, but...More

Thank Graham W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took our 8/10 yo Kids with the grandparents on a cold windy winters day so didn’t expect much. However, whilst it was blowy at the top, it’s a really up-close place where the kids could appreciate the animals and chat to helpful staff. Great.

1  Thank Shepherdfte
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

£50 entry fee for 4 people - it took 1/2 an hour to see it all ( there’s not much to see) a few penguins and birds , a few fish , lots of empty tanks with algae on ! Very disappointing!More

Thank John D
VisitorServices1, Manager at Living Coasts, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

I am sorry you were disappointed with your recent visit. Our entrance fee is very much in keeping with other visitor attractions in the area and currently includes a free winter return upgrade, allowing free entry up until 29th March 2018. On average, most visitors...More

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26 August 2017|
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Response from Growlersmum | Reviewed this property |
From what I can recall. Yes. It's a lovely visit and the staff I met were friendly helpful and knowledgable. I can't think of anywhere inaccessible to push chairs or wheelchairs
Louise S
16 May 2017|
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Response from Katherine S | Property representative |
Hi Louise, We are an all weather attraction, with half outside (e.g. penguins, seals, otters, estuary birds, etc...) and half inside (underwater viewing areas, aquarium, etc..). All our keeper talks/presentations happen... More
12 July 2016|
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Response from Katherine S | Property representative |
Hi Richard, Living Coasts is an education and conservation charity, so discounts are few and far between. There are currently only two discounts available. One is the Zooper ticket which is discounted entry to both Paignton... More