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Paignton in General
Member Name: kimking
Paignton in General
Date: 26/10/03, updated on 26/10/03 (227 review reads)
Advantages: lots to do
Disadvantages: you might get worn out
Firstly I?ll take you to ?Paignton Zoo?. One of the largest Zoo?s in England, there was even a TV series all about the zoo and its keepers a short while ago. The zoo is huge and you need to go for the whole day if you are to get to see it all. Admission costs are: -
Adults-£8.25. Children over 3 years-£3.60. OAP and Students-£6.75.
Family 2 adults + 2 children-£25.75.
There are special rates for parties.
The zoo its self is divided up into six parts: -
Primley has many different animals and plants from many different habitats and is the oldest part of the zoo. It is named after Primley Estate, which was once the home of the zoos founder, Herbert Whitley.
Some of the animals that are kept in that area are the porcupines, Barbary sheep, cranes, monkeys, ground hornbills, red pandas, woodchucks, kangaroos and many more. Animals are not the only things kept at the zoo, but also a wide verity of plants are cared for there. In this area such things as the foxglove tree, which is quite an unusual member of the foxglove family.
Savannah is a tropical grassland and contains animals such as maned wolves, ostrich, white rhino, giraffes, elephants and many more.
Some of the plants to be found there are Pampas grass and Bamboo.
Forest area has owls, gibbons, pygmy marmosets, orang-utans, cassowaries, Asiatic lions, Sumatran tigers and of course gorillas.
Plants in this area include trees like oak, ash alder and beech.
Clennon gorge nature trail is a 700-metre circuit nature trail where you can see such things as pipistrells, yellow-necked mouse, buz
zards, badgers, emperor dragonflies and many breeding birds. If you should go to the zoo to see this you should know that it is not suitable for pushchairs.
Wetland area. Wetland conservation is an international issue and Paignton zoo does its best to play its part in keeping many of the endangered things that needs it to survive.
Here you see golden pheasant, hamerkop, pelican, cranes, storks and geese.
Rainforest. Plants in this part are figs, orchids, ferns fungi and many more
There is a large car park at the zoo also a gift shop. Restaurant, play area and so much more.
Web site for this. www.Paigntonzoo.org.uk
Another one of Paignton?s attractions is ?Quay West?, which is situated at Goodrington beach and is said to be Britain?s largest water park, which contains the dreaded ?Devils Drop? the highest water flume in England at 65 ft. and the ?Kamikaze? a water flume nearly one mile long, there are eight flumes in total. Of course there are things for the little one like the ?Toon Town Pool? as well many other things. There are always qualified lifeguards and first aiders there at all times.
Web site for this. www.quaywest.co.uk
Goodrington is one of the best beaches in Paignton and has a backdrop of beautiful gardens, which are illuminated at night and has little boating lake. There is a lovely path cut into the cliff face called rock walk. This elevates you to a height where you can see the whole of the Torbay coastline.
If you want something a little more gentle there is always the ?Dart Valley Steam Railway? where you can ride along the coast taking in all the lovely scenery from Paignton to nearby Kingswear, in a real old fashion steam train. When you reach Kingswear you can take a short ferry ride across the River dart to Dartmouth.
Web site for this. www.paignton-steamrailway.co.uk
Oldway mansion is a large mansion that was once home to the Singer family w
ho first invented the sewing machine. This has now been taken over by the council and houses their many offices, but much of the great hall and gardens are accessible to the public. The mansion was modelled on the French château ?Versailles?.
The main shopping part of the town is fat with a wide verity of shop?s most of the big names are here, Woolly?s, Tessco, Somerfield, Thornton?s (most important), Boots and many, many more. Should you ever come to Paignton and need to find a good little café for lunch, you should visit ?The tea pot café?. This is a lovely family owned café, which is very clean and serves lovely home cooked meals. You can find this café tucked away down a little lane just right of the main Post office in the town centre. There is an old theatre in Place Avenue just off of Winner Street and Church Street, which are the old and conserved parts of town.
There is a large park near the centre of town, with a playground, skateboard area, Tennis courts and duck pond, this is called Victoria Park. Near this are a multi storey car park and the library.
On the out skirts of the town we have some of the bigger shops and superstores, Sainsburys, Safeway?s and focus, these all have large car parks and are very well stocked and very conveniently placed. There is also a drive through KFC.
On the main sea front of Paignton is a long beach and another park area where each year many advents and fair?s are held. The beach has nice soft sand with a pier full of entertainments. At the end of the beach is a small harbour full of small yachts and boats. Here there are small fishing boats that charge a reasonable fee to take you on fishing trips around the bay or on sight seeing cruises. Or you can just go fishing off of the harbour wall.
The best time of year to visit Paignton is of course in the summer months when the weather is good (hopefully), there are many more advents happening in the summer such as the carnival or
the Regatta when there are also countless firework displays put on by the local council. There is always something to do the summer and there are many more shops open as quite a lot of the more tourist orientated shops close down for the winter. We have a great deal to offer visitors and it is quite a nice area to live if you don?t mind it getting a little crowed in the summer.
Paignton also has some interesting neighbours, such as ?Berry Pomroy?. A ruin of an old castle where it is said a ghost of a woman wanders and smoke has been seen coming from the great chimneys.
There?s a neighbouring town called Totnes where once a week all the towns? folk dress up in Elizabethan clothes and go about their daily business as usual.
I could go on forever there is just so much here far too much to put into any one review.
I do hope that I have given you a good idea of what we have to offer here in Paignton, although I am unable to list it all, as there is just so much here. So to sum it up, here in Paignton we can offer you lots of lovely things, such as sand, sea, fun and of course ME.
Web site for Paignton. www.999paignton.co.uk
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