Living Coasts Torquay

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Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Quay, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BG

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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. Set in a state-of-the-art naturalistic environment, you can journey from the South African coastline to a mangrove forest and then onto a sunken wreck. Whatever the weather there is always plenty to do! Mingle with the playful African and macaroni penguins, get up close with the otters and come face to face with our family of fur seals. In the aquarium, there are a selection of over 20 species of fish, including archer fish, lionfish, four-eyed fish and stingrays. Venture into Octopus Odyssey where you will discover the common octopus – one of the world’s most intelligent invertebrates. The Wader’s Estuary exhibit on the top deck has a variety of birds and a fantastic back drop. You will see the wading birds, such as avocets, ruffs and oystercatchers, foraging in the grass and the shallow waters for insects. Also see the playful puffins and kittiwakes bobbing in the water or resting on the rocks at Auk Cliff.

Living Coasts offers visitors the chance to get closer to and learn more about the animals than ever before, with over a dozen entertaining daily talks or feeding times from the keepers and Education presenters.

Join the keepers at the twice daily penguin feed at Penguin beach to see these incredible birds waddle around your feet while they enjoy their fish. Other interesting talks include otter, seal and stingray feeds. The full schedule of daily talks can be found on the Living Coasts website.

As well as fascinating habitats and creatures, there are games, activities and panoramic underwater viewing areas in the indoor area. There is also a small soft play area and sandpit area for the young visitors (under 5’s). 

Play with the seals in the viewing windows – wave paper fish against the glass and the seals will interact and follow your movements. There are also underwater viewing windows for the penguins, puffins and kittiwakes. With a host of different events and activities throughout the year, including children’s trails, animal enrichment and Easter and Christmas events, you are sure for a visit full of fun and adventure all year round.

Living Coasts also hosts organised beach cleans during the summer months on local beaches around Torbay. These beach cleans are free to attend and aim give you the chance to help the environment and learn more about local species, biodiversity and the shores around us.

Open to all the Terrace Café is free to visit for non-visitors too, with panoramic sea views overlooking the Bay. On offer is a wide selection of freshly prepared food, from paninis and baguettes baked on the premises to a choice of chef's daily specials. It is the perfect place to have morning coffee, a freshly made lunch or a Devon cream tea in the afternoon. Well behaved dogs on leads are also welcomed on the terrace.

Finish off your visit with a stop by the Tradewinds gift shop. The shop offers a wide selection of unique gifts and branded souvenirs. This includes a large range of toys, jewellery, musical instruments, books and home products as well as bags, accessories and, of course, lots of cuddly penguins and their friends. You can also adopt an animal from a selection including a penguin, seal and octopus with a variety of different packages. All purchases help to fund Living Coast’s vital conservation work around the world. 

Did you know that at Living Coasts you can also have a once in a lifetime experience with one of the marine animal experiences? These hands on experiences allow you will get up close with your favourite animal, meet and chat with their keepers and have a great opportunity to learn more about them. The experiences are very popular and must be booked in advance. You can find out full information on the Living Coasts website.

Guide Prices

For all our admission prices please visit our website https://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/

Awards

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Opening Times

Living Coasts (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* Monday – Sunday: opening hours which are currently 10am – 5pm every day with last entry at 4pm.

Closing times vary throughout the year. Please check their website for current times.

Events

26th Sept 2018 - 26th Sept 2018

Penguins and Prosecco - Living CoastsJoin us for our first Penguins & Prosecco evening at Living Coasts. You'll get the chance to meet our penguins and their keepers, learn more about them and watch as they receive some special enrichment. Afterwards enjoy presentations and prosecco as well as exclusive access to our Terrace where...
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20th Oct 2018 - 31st Oct 2018

Murder Mystery This Halloween! - Living CoastsMURDER MYSTERY THIS HALLOWEEN! Event Date: 20th to 31st October 2018 There will be a host of ghastly Halloween activities this half term at Living Coasts! Release your inner detective this Halloween! Living Coasts has witnessed a terrible crime and we need your help to discover the ghastly...
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24th Oct 2018 - 24th Oct 2018

Torbay Wildlife Watch - Living CoastsTORBAY WILDLIFE WATCH Event Date: 24th October Join the South West Coast Path Challenge! Living Coasts are working alongside the South West Coast Path in order to bring you this October half term event. Register your interest and get your tickets here Start by enjoying a warm beverage at the...
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Recent Reviews:

  • Carly S
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Lovely place
    5 of 5 stars
    22nd Sept 2018
    We had a great first visit at LC! Its a unique zoo/aquarium, never seen one like it. Its cool its on a cliff edge over looking the sea! Loved the seals and the penguins and so many different birds... Read full review
  • Travel784613
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Brilliant
    5 of 5 stars
    21st Sept 2018
    My daughter and her friend visited here last week and thought it was beautiful only to have their visit cut short as my daughter became ill my daughter had an allergic reaction to olives which she... Read full review
  • maryfS7542JT
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Delightful visit to Living Coasts
    5 of 5 stars
    21st Sept 2018
    Visited Living Coasts last week and thoroughly enjoyed our first visit.The keepers erred very friendly and helpful in answering our Visited Living Coasts for the first time last week.The keepers... Read full review

Directions

Road Directions

Living Coasts is situated on Torquay Harbourside on Beacon Quay, Torquay. Once in Torquay follow the A379 and the 'penguin' on the brown tourist signs. The nearest car park is at Beacon Quay. Please note: the nearest car park with no height restriction is the Meadfoot Road car park.

Public Transport Directions

By bus: Stagecoach and First bus serve The Strand in Torquay - a few minutes walk from Living Coasts.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant - Cafe serving snacks, drinks, light meals and main meals.

Establishment Features

  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Open All Year
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - Our approx length of visit is 3 hours
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given - Feeding and talk times throughout the day.
  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

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Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
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