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
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  • Underwater viewing tunnel
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  • Ray tank
  • Otter Rapids exhibit
  • Draw Alive Interactive wall
  • Diver underwater
  • Short-snouted seahorse
  • File fish

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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 filefish, lionfish, four-eyed fish and stingrays. 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). 

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 of animals, with a variety of different packages on offer. 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.

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Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Open from 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4pm (30 Mar 2020 - 30 June 2020)

* Living Coasts reserves the right to change the times given here. Please check for the most up to date closing times whilst at Living Coasts or on the Living Coasts website.


28th Mar 2020 - 6th Sept 2020

The Penguin Pebble Trail at Living Coasts, Torquay, DevonCANCELLED - The Penguin Pebble TrailFrom Saturday 28th March - Sunday 6th September 2020. Here at Living Coasts, we LOVE penguins and we're home to two species; the African and the macaroni. But did you know that there are 17 species in total? This year you can discover them all in our brand new penguin-pebble themed trail*! We will…
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25th Apr 2020 - 26th Apr 2020

World Penguin Day, Living Coasts, Torquay, DevonCANCELLED - World Penguin DaySaturday 25th April 2020 is World Penguin Day, and in case you hadn't realised - we LOVE penguins! Join us here at Living Coasts for an entire weekend of penguin-themed fun to help celebrate and raise awareness of these awesome seabirds. More details coming soon! Please note that unless stated…
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27th May 2020 - 27th May 2020

World Otter Day - Living Coasts, Torquay, DevonWorld Otter Day - Living CoastsWorld Otter 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 forest and then onto a…
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22nd July 2020 - 22nd July 2020

Penguins and Prosecco, Living Coasts, Torquay,, DevonPenguins and ProseccoJoin us this Summer for our annual evening - Penguins & Prosecco! Enjoy a glass of prosecco on Penguin Beach where you will watch our playful penguins enjoy their feeding time. Afterwards enjoy a presentation and prosecco in our Terrace Cafe, where you can take in the spectacular views of Torbay…
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Recent Reviews:

  • N15SouthernRailway
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Interesting visit but a little expensive
    4 of 5 stars
    7th Mar 2020
    Living coasts is the sister attraction to Paignton zoo but with a coastal theme. The Penguin beach, otters, seals and mangrove walkthrough are all pretty cool. However the cost is quite... Read full review
  • Sharon W
    Sandhurst, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Impromptu visit
    5 of 5 stars
    9th Mar 2020
    We stumbled across living coast while walking by the harbour. A fantastic place where you can get really close up to the wildlife. Make sure you are there for the penguin feeding as it is a great... Read full review
  • amberlouiseee
    Callington, United Kingdom
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    5 of 5 stars
    17th Mar 2020
    I really enjoy visiting here! Loads of animals to see just a great place to go! Will be back again soon 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.



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


  • 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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Company number 10237792.
Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
Telephone 01803 211211

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