A sun-soaked holiday resort at the end of one of the country's most idyllic stretches of railway, Paignton is one of the three towns on the East Devon coastline that make up the area of Torbay. Together with Brixham and Torquay, this part of the world is known as the English Riviera, the shimmering azure seas and bright-blue skies making it the ultimate bucket-and-spade destination. Originally a Celtic settlement, Paignton was a fishing village right up until the 19th century, but the arrival of rail in 1859 propelled the town's path in a different direction, as a prime tourist destination for the sun-chasing Victorians.
Today, Paignton remains one of the most popular resorts in the UK, with award-winning sandy beaches, a pier and a promenade brimming with penny arcades, all within walking distance of the station. The must-visit Paignton Zoo is also a short bus ride away. Paignton station is also located next to an independently owned station called "Queens Park" or "Paignton Queens Park". Queens Park is home to the Dartmouth Steam Railway who operate a 7-mile branch line from Paignton to Kingswear. It is a beautiful heritage railway with the 495 yeard Greenway Tunnel, Broadsands Viaduct and riverside approach to Kingswear just some of the highlights.
Visitors to Dartmouth have to alight at Kingswear and board a passenger ferry to the opposite bank of the river. Despite Dartmouth having a train station, permission to build a bridge over the river Dart was never achieved and as a result, it has never seen a train passenger arrive here. Now a grade 2 listed building it is home to a restaurant and ticket booking services for a range of tours.
|Weekdays||08:30 - 17:15|
|Saturday||08:30 - 16:55|
|Sunday||10:10 - 16:30|
|Staffing level||Part time|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Staff Help notes|
During normal staffed hours.
|Customer Service notes|
Please call our Customer Services Centre on 03457 000 125 (07:00-22:00 every day)
|Customer help points||Available|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Car parking spaces||80|
|Cycle storage spaces||20|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Unavailable|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
The main entrance to the station is from the opposite side of the beach and adjacent the bus station. Most trains arrive and depart from platform 2. Both platforms have step-free access via the Torbay Road level crossing at the north end of the station. The ticket office has a shop and baby-changing facilities, and you'll find a short-stay car park outside the front entrance. The Dartmouth Steam Railway has its own independent platform and entrance on the south side of the station.