Living Coasts Torquay

Animal Collection

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

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Underwater penguin viewing at Living Coasts
  • Underwater penguin viewing at Living Coasts
  • Living Coasts Zoo & Aquarium
  • Seal underwater viewing bubble
  • African penguins
  • Fur seals
  • Underwater viewing tunnel
  • Asian short-clawed otters, Willy and Wilby
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  • Ray tank
  • Otter Rapids exhibit
  • Common octopus
  • Draw Alive Interactive wall
  • Spiny starfish
  • Diver underwater
  • Short-snouted seahorse

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About Us

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 many 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.

In addition to the wide variety of animals, daily talks and feeding times to enjoy, there are some added attractions around Living Coasts that will keep children (and adults!) entertained in all weathers. It's playing and learning at the same time! Our interactive sandpits and Draw Alive wall were installed in 2018 and the amazing technology to allow you to interact with marine creatures that you create. There is also a small soft play area for 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

  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Open from 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4pm (1 Apr 2019 - 8 July 2019)
Open from 10am to 6pm, with last entry at 4:30pm (9 July 2019 - 1 Sept 2019)

Events

6th Apr 2019 - 31st Oct 2019

Wild Coastal Explorer Trail at Living Coasts, Torquay, DevonWild Coastal Explorer TrailRelease your inner wild explorer at Living Coasts! From Saturday 6th April 2019 daily, kids can pick up a pair of binoculars and trail sheet* from the main entrance to go on a voyage of discovery! Stop at out 'wild spotter stations' around Living Coasts and use them to spy the secret animals...
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25th Apr 2019 - 25th Apr 2019

World Penguin Day, Living Coasts, Torquay, DevonWorld Penguin Day25th April is World Penguin Day! Join us for some penguin-themed fun - more details to follow! 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...
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22nd June 2019 - 22nd June 2019

Beneath the Bay - Living Coasts, Torquay, DevonBeneath the Bay - Living CoastsGo Beneath the Bay with Living Coasts! ADD TO YOUR CALENDARS Join Living Coasts for an exclusive marine-themed evening of talks, art displays and local conservation.  Meet local experts to learn more about the important eco-system and bio-diversity that lies beneath Torbay's beautiful waters...
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24th July 2019 - 24th July 2019

Penguins & Prosecco, Livings Coasts, Torquay, DevonPenguins & ProseccoJoin Living Coasts for their exclusive evening - Penguins & Prosecco! Enjoy VIP access and a glass of prosecco on Penguin Beach where you will watch the playful penguins get fed. Afterwards enjoy a presentation and prosecco in the Terrace Cafe where you can take in the spectacular views of Torbay...
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Recent Reviews:

  • elsmitty
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Compact but really interesting
    5 of 5 stars
    16th Apr 2019
    Don’t be put off by the size of this place, there is a huge amount packed in there. The penguins are free to roam, the birds are flying around you, and you can see things like octopus and sea horses... Read full review
  • Crop1982
    Paignton, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Over priced
    2 of 5 stars
    17th Apr 2019
    Went around with 7 year old. Did the kids trail as well and could barely make it last an hour. Overpriced at over £40 for that amount of time. Wouldn’t visit and hard to recommend with the cost... Read full review
  • Home98
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Penguins
    4 of 5 stars
    18th Apr 2019
    Good to visit if you have a couple of hours to fill, the penguins and ducks are very funny it's nice to see them wandering around on the paths and following people. The otters are very cute and it's... 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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