Family offers on The English Riviera

South Devon is renowned for being the perfect destination for a family holiday. With some of the top visitor attractions in the country, great value entertainment, clean and safe sandy beaches and a wealth of child-friendly places to eat, drink and stay, the English Riviera is the obvious choice.

Take a look at our 10 places on the English Riviera offering great value family deals to make your holiday that extra special.

Award-winning Visitor Attractions

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

Get up close to some of the animal wonders of the world at Paignton Zoo, with its specially designed habitats - from the savannah to the wetlands and tropical forests and over 2,500 animals across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds. Located in South Devon, it is one of the South West’s most exciting visitor attractions and one of Britain’s top zoos.

Family Offer: Family saver tickets for 2 adults and 2 children, making a great saving. Children under 3 enter for free.

Torre Abbey Museum

Housed in an ancient scheduled monument and medieval monastery, Torre Abbey Museum has beautifully presented heritage rooms, art exhibitions and interactive displays telling the colourful history of local life. With over 600 incredible works of art, lots of family friendly trails, a dressing up box with children’s medieval costumes, and a medieval children’s garden.  The museum is accessible for prams and there are full baby changing facilities.

Family Offer: Up to 4 Kids and Teens (up to 19 years) with a paying adult can enter for free all year.

Torquay Museum

Travel back through 400 million years of time at Torquay Museum – a hands-on family-friendly visitor attraction, with lots to see and do for children and adults alike.  A wide variety of exhibitions are hosted throughout the year, from child-friendly summer blockbusters to fascinating exhibitions about South Devon’s amazing archaeology, geology and people. Highlights include Europe’s oldest human fossil, Devon Farmhouse and The Explorers and Ancient Egypt Galleries.

Family Offer: Family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children, or a smaller family ticket for 1 adult and 2 children.  The standard museum pass gives you unlimited entry for a whole year (excludes entry to special events).

Golden Hind Museum Ship, Brixham

Swashbuckling family fun onboard the full-sized replica of one of the most iconic ships from the age of exploration. The Golden Hind has been a feature of the picturesque Brixham harbour for over fifty years. Meet Pablo the Friendly Pirate Mascot or walk the plank and open decks. Try your hand at rope tying, hauling or steering the ship’s wheel.

Family Offer: A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children plus free same day re-admission during off peak times.

Places to Stay

Premier Inn

This well-known chain has several hotels conveniently located across the Bay: Premier Inn Paignton, Premier Inn Goodrington Sands and Premier Inn Torquay, and offers some great deals for families.

Family Offer: A ‘Kids under 16 stay for free’ offer with a free breakfast included when accompanied by a paying adult.

TLH Leisure Resort

A large hotel group with four popular hotels situated in the heart of Torquay. Guests of TLH Derwent Hotel, TLH Carlton Hotel, TLH Toorak Hotel and TLH Victoria Hotel can enjoy a varied programme of family fun activities and access the Aztec leisure facilities including a 25-metre indoor pool and child-friendly fun pool with an area for toddlers. The entertainment team organises supervised games for young ones including the Toby Club for 3 to 9yrs and there’s a soft play area.

Family Offer: Early Summer and Summer Breaks with a minimum of 2 nights stay have a Kids Under 10 Go Free offer.

Theatre Shows

The English Riviera has a vibrant evening scene with a huge choice of glamorous shows, concerts, plays, musicals, ballets and comedies offering you top West End performances and the best of local am-dram.  There are no fewer than five theatres to choose with many offering great value tickets for their child-friendly shows.

Palace Theatre in Paignton

In the heart of Paignton and the English Riviera’s oldest working theatre, Palace Theatre has a summer programme of shows tailored towards children and families. Hey Diddle Diddle, a hilarious adventure filled spectacular with music and puppetry, suitable for ages 3+.  (27 July) and Alice in Wonderland, a musical take on the classic story by Lewis Carroll. (3 & 4 August)

Family Offer: Affordably-priced family tickets available, admit 4 (2 adults and 2 children)

Places to Eat

Las Iguanas, Torquay

A national brand restaurant with a vibrant, fiesta atmosphere and all day sizzling hot Mexican and Brazilian classic dishes.   

Family Offer: Kids Eat Free promotions include one free niños/kids’ meal (a main course, two sides and a dessert from the kids menu) when an adult main meal from the à la carte menu is ordered. Free organic baby food and baby bottles can be reheated free of charge.

Hanbury’s Restaurant & Takeaway, Babbacombe

Winner of the top five Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year award, and a family-run business in the heart of Babbacombe with a great reputation for its quality fish and seafood dishes. Hanbury’s is recommended and approved by the Child Friendly Matters organisation. Highchairs and children’s cutlery are available on request.

Family Offer: Under 9’s accompanied by an adult receive a free fun activity pack with colouring books, stickers and crayons with their meal from the children’s menu.

Visit the English Riviera’s Family Friendly pages for more inspiration.


Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Paignton, Devon

With dozens of different animals across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds – you are in for a really wild time at Paignton Zoo! Located in South Devon, Paignton Zoo is one of the South West’s most exciting visitor attractions and zoos. Come rain or shine, the zoo is a fun-filled day out for the whole family. Discover all your favourite species, big and small, including gorillas, orang-utans, giraffes, lions, tigers, crocodiles, flamingos, red pandas and rhinos, and be ready for a few surprises along the way too. There are many Covid-19 safety measures implemented around the site to ensure that everyone can have an enjoyable and safe visit. For full details, please see the Paignton Zoo website. A must-see is Crocodile Swam

Torre Abbey
Outside, Torre Abbey, Torquay, Devon

An English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Key Site.  Come and enjoy a visit exploring Torbay's most historic building, garden and impressive displays, world-class collections and exhibitions, complemented by modern amenities and special accessibility features. This ancient scheduled monument has beautifully presented heritage rooms which are home to specially curated exhibitions and the museum's permanent collection which includes regionally important art. Family-friendly, and open all year round, Torre Abbey is truly a unique place to visit.

Torquay Museum
Torquay Museum, Torquay, Devon

Travel back through 400 million years of time at Torquay Museum – a hands-on family-friendly visitor attraction, with lots to see and do for children and adults alike. An English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Key Site.

Golden Hind Museum Ship
Historic Ship
Golden Hind Museum Ship, Brixham, Devon

The Golden Hind at Brixham, Devon is a full sized replica of one of the most iconic ships from the age of exploration. The Ship has been a feature of picturesque Brixham harbour for over fifty years, entertaining and educating thousands of visitors during this time - as well as being featured on many television programmes and films. The Ship is open come rain or shine and is an all weather attraction with many indoor displays as well as wide open decks. A striking landmark in Brixham, Devon every visitor on board contributes to the restoration and maintenance of the Ship, ensuring that 'Brixham's Treasure' will continue to enhance Brixham's beautiful Quayside for future generations... The Ship is open from spring to autumn

Premier Inn Goodrington
Guest Accommodation
Premier Inn Goodrington

Welcome to the English Riviera complete with sea views, steam trains and - yes, seriously - gorillas, lions and crocodiles. Located right on the beach, the Premier Inn Hotel Paignton Seafront is a great base for a business event or a wild seaside break. You could treat the family at the famous Paignton Zoo, or treat yourself to a ride on the Dartmouth Steam Railway. Get soaked at the Quaywest Waterpark, or soak up the atmosphere of tranquil Torbay. And, after a day of adventure, relax in our tasty restaurant, spacious rooms and extra-comfy beds.

TLH Leisure Resort Apartments
TLH Leisure Resort Apartments

If you enjoy the freedom to come and go as you please, why not stay in one of our spacious self-catering apartments. This way, you’ll have more flexibility and yet you’ll still be able to enjoy the outstanding range of leisure and entertainment.

Palace Theatre Paignton
Exterior, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Devon

Take your seats and let the show begin as the curtain rises at one of Devon’s favourite community theatres. With performances and events running 50 weeks of the year you will be sure to find something to suit your tastes, from popular dramas to top-name entertainers and of course a very popular Panto season – oh yes there is! Benefiting from a major refurbishment in 2006, the 368 seats provide not just comfort but excellent viewing from all areas. You can select and book your seats online 24/7 and enjoy pre-show and interval drinks in the bar. The Palace Theatre is in the heart of Torbay, just a 2-minute walk from Paignton town centre and with free roadside evening parking. Bravo! Encore! You’ll want to keep coming back for more.

Las Iguanas Torquay
Las Iguanas, Torquay, Devon

Take your taste buds from the beaches of Brazil to the streets of Mexico and the steak houses of Argentina. Enjoy a host of brand new additions, made lovingly by our skilled chefs. There's ten new dishes taking up residence alongside your classic favourites, like the Xinxim & Moqueca, Fajitas & Burritos, all made from scratch.

Hanbury's Fish Restaurant Torquay
Hanbury's Fish Restaurant Torquay, Devon

WELCOME TO HANBURY'S FAMOUS FISH & CHIPS Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips of Babbacombe have been serving fantastic fish and chips for over four decades. Hanbury’s Takeaway now has a licence to sell alcohol.  As well as offering Hanbury’s Amber Ale & Hanbury’s Craft Lager (made to our own recipe) we have a selection of Beers, Lagers and Wines to enjoy with our Takeaway fabulous fish and chips. Well-loved locally, people will travel several miles for a plate of Hanbury’s fish and chips. Holidaymakers also come back year on year to relish the Hanbury’s experience.



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