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Living Coasts Torquay

Animal Collection

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

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About Us

Living Coasts, Torquay's award-winning coastal zoo and aquarium, 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 coast to a mangrove forest and then onto a sunken wreck.

Whatever the weather there’s always plenty to do, mingle with the playful penguins, get up close with the otters and come face to face with the seals. In the aquarium, there are a selection of over 20 species of fish, including archer fish and rays. The Wader’s Estuary has a variety of birds and a fantastic back drop; you will see the wading birds, foraging in the grass and the shallow waters for insects.

Living Coasts offers visitors the chance to get closer to the animals than ever before; join the keepers at a penguin feed to see these incredible birds waddle around your feet.

As well as fascinating habitats and creatures, there are games, activities and panoramic underwater viewing areas. Play with the seals – wave ribbons and if you are lucky the seals will follow your movements.

With a host of events and activities throughout the year, you are sure of a great day out whatever the weather.

Guide Prices

For all our admission prices please visit our website


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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.


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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Recent Reviews:

  • Rob M
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    An interesting place for a family visit. It appeals to young and old
    5 of 5 stars
    24th June 2018
    A different sort of attraction where the birds and the animals can be seen in their natural habit. The staff are very knowledgeable and approachable. I learnt a lot during my visit and took advantage... Read full review
  • Amanda H
    Trip Type:
    Family with young children
    5 of 5 stars
    23rd June 2018
    Excellent day out with penguins seals different fish, birds looked after really well wonderful for little ones as the animals are seen easily there is a soft play area roof cafe that you can see all... Read full review
  • 4mirk9wood
    Devon, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Good place to visit
    4 of 5 stars
    23rd June 2018
    Excellent place to visit especially if you like penguins. Well laid out. It does not take long to look around but if you arrive at feed times it can make your stay more enjoyable. The only thing that... Read full review


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.


Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Key Features

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


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

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)


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

Payment Methods

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

Establishment Features

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

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

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This Official Tourism Website is managed by the English Riviera BID Company Ltd.
Company number 10237792.
Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
Telephone 01803 211211

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