It may be the famous setting for Basil Fawlty’s fictional hotel, but the seaside resort of Paignton is one of the best staycation spots in the UK.

Here, palm-lined seafronts meet colourful huts and traditional seaside fare.

There’s also something here to suit all tastes (provided you like fish!): from Paignton Zoo and The Seashore Centre to Brixham Fish Market. The latter is world-famous, and where many of the nation’s best chefs source their seafood. In-between, you’ll find Splashdown Quaywest (a waterpark on the Tor Bay), Paignton Pier, Dartmouth Steam Railway and England’s longest national trail (a whopping 630 miles long!).

One of the most convenient ways to explore this part of Devon is from the comfort of a caravan park. Not sure where to stay? Use our search tool to find the best caravan parks in Paignton.

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