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.

Living Coast: coastal zoo and aquarium

Torquay's coastal zoo and aquarium, is an all-weather attraction, located on the seafront. Home to a magnificent array of marine life from around the world, it is set in a state-of-the-art naturalistic environment. Mingle with the playful African and macaroni penguins, get up close with the otters and family of fur seals. In the aquarium, there are over 20 species of fish, including archer fish, lionfish, four-eyed fish and stingrays.

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.

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Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Zoo
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Paignton, Devon

Paignton Zoo is one of Britain’s top zoos, home to some of the planet’s rarest and most amazing creatures. Discover all your favourites, including gorillas and orang-utans, giraffes, lions, tigers and rhinos, and be ready for a few surprises along the way too. Do you know what a coati is? Have you ever seen a capybara? And don’t forget the plants – there are hundreds of rare and beautiful specimens around the site. A must-see is Crocodile Swamp. Here, amid the lush tropical foliage and steamy atmosphere, you’ll come face-to-face with huge crocodiles plus large snakes, turtles and fish – enter if you dare! Then there’s Amphibian Ark, the Avian Breeding Centre and Monkey Heights.

Living Coasts Torquay
Animal Collection
Underwater penguin viewing at Living Coasts

Living Coasts, Torquay's award-winning coastal zoo and aquarium, is an all-weather attraction, located on Torquay seafront in South Devon and is open every day (except Christmas Day). Living Coasts is home to a magnificent array of marine life from around the world.

Torre Abbey
Abbey/Priory
Torre Abbey

An English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Key Site.  Explore 800 years of history beautifully presented heritage rooms, galleries, art exhibitions, interactive displays, talking portraits and videos which bring our colourful history and art to life. With a wealth of exotic and exciting plants, the gardens are a tranquil haven of beauty and pleasure, the perfect setting in which to relax, stroll or picnic. Exuberant plantings of herbaceous perennials, roses and dahlias sit in the formal 19th century landscape around the Abbey ruins.

Torquay Museum
Museum
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. 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
Self-Catering
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
Theatre
Outside of Palace Theatre in Paignton, Devon

Welcome to The Palace Theatre... the true community theatre for Torbay, in the heart of Paignton.

Las Iguanas Torquay
Restaurant
Las Iguanas Torquay

TRY THE AUTUMN MENU 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.

Hanburys Fish Restaurant Torquay
Restaurant
Hanburys  Fish Restaurant Torquay

After winning the one of the top five Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year awards, the team at Hanbury's Fish and Chips in Babbacombe are now celebrating another top award. Hanburys fish and chips restaurant and take away is situated in Babbacombe. Hanburys holds a great reputation with locals and regular visitors as 'the place' to sample some delicious fish and chips. You can eat in the restaurant or choose to take away and enjoy whilst watching the sunset on the Babbacombe Downs. There's now a new addition to the repertoire, in the form of Hanbury's Amber Ale.  After setting up a micro brewery on site, the new Hanbury's Ale has been perfected and is now on sale in bottles and on draft.

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