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Devon - Living Coasts

Torquay Harbourside
Beacon Quay
Torquay TQ1 2BG South West England UK
Tel: (01803) 202470
Fax: (01803) 202471
web : Devon - Living Coasts

Inclusion for all is a key policy at Living Coasts and we welcome visits from all sectors including specialist schools and groups. We offer reduced prices to registered disabled visitors and carers are admitted free.

  • Living Coasts is a compact site with gentle gradients and no steps – making it ideal for older visitors as well as those with mobility problems.
  • There is a lift available for access to the first floor Café.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome.
  • Two wheelchairs are available for loan.
  • We have disabled toilets on both the ground and first floors.
  • Although we do not have our own car park, there is a Council run car park next to us, which has 3 designated disabled car parking spaces. We do have a small coach parking area, which can be used for minibuses and coaches. Please book in advance.

    Gentoo Penguins Underwater

    Living Coasts is a unique, world class aquatic visitor attraction, focusing on the conservation of coastal and marine life around the globe. It has been developed by Paignton Zoo, with financial support from the South West Regional Development Agency and the European Regional Development fund.

    Take a fantastic journey around the coastlines of the world without leaving Torquay! Living Coasts features a range of fascinating coastal creatures from loud and loveable penguins to playful fur seals, colourful puffins to waders and sea ducks - they're all at home in this amazing new environment.

    Fur Seal PlayingTufted Penguins

    There are sandy beaches, rugged cliff-faces and a tranquil estuary. A huge meshed aviary allows the birds to fly free over your head, while special windows give stunning views of the birds and seals underwater.

    Then relax in the water-side café with its stunning views across Tor Bay, where you can enjoy morning coffee, lunch or a real Devon cream tea - all with the best view in South Devon. Living Coasts also has a well-stocked shop in the style of a colonial harbour, with gifts and souvenirs for everyone.

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    Admission Prices

    Adult £5.70
    Child (3-15 yrs) £4.00
    Children under 3 Free
    Senior citizens & students £4.40
    Family ticket
    (2 adults + 2 children) £17.50

    Opening Times

    Living Coasts is open everyday (except Christmas Day) from 10am.

    Closing times for 2004 will be as follows:

    1st April to 2nd October - 6pm
    3rd October to 30th October - 5.30pm
    31st October to 13th February 2005 - 4.30pm

    Last entries will be one hour before Living Coasts closes.

    The Cafe will shut 30 minutes before Living Coasts closes.

    Feeding Times

    10:15 Auks (feed only)
    11:30 Penguins/free flyers
    12:00 Seals
    12:30 Auks
    12:45 Waders/sea ducks
    13:45 Auks (feed only)
    14:15 Seals
    14:45 Penguins/free flyers
    15.15 Auks
    15:30 Waders/sea ducks
    16:00 Penguins (at the underwater window)

    Whilst we make every effort to keep to these times, they are subject to change at short notice.

    How to Find Us

    By car:

    Living Coasts is situated right on Torquay Harbourside on Beacon Quay, Torquay. Once in Torquay follow the A379 and brown tourist signs. Living Coasts does not have its own car park, but there is ample public car parking near by. Please note: the nearest car park with no height restriction is the Meadfoot Road car park. For more information about the Fleet Walk Shopping Centre Car Park please call 01803 200508.

    By train:

    The nearest stations are Torquay and Paignton. Onward travel will be by bus.

    By bus:

    Stagecoach and First Western National run bus services to The Strand in Torquay which is only a few minutes walk from Living Coasts. A new seasonal bus service has been launched that will run from Chelston direct to Living Coasts. The new bus, Number 63, will run Monday to Fridays from 9am to 5pm. Please call Chelston Leisure Services for further information on 01803 690220. Visitors travelling by bus are entitled to a 10% discount on production of a valid bus ticket (not valid with any other discounted offer).

    By boat:

    Paignton Pleasure Cruises run a service from Paignton direct to Beacon Quay. For further information please telephone 01803 529147. Stuart Line Cruises run boat trips to and from Exmouth Quay, for further information please telephone 01395 222144. Brixham Belle Cruises run a regular service from Brixham Harbour, please call their booking line on 01803 528555.

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