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Living Coasts, Torquay

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For an intimate visit with diverse coastal animals like penguins and seals, visit Living Coasts zoo, aquarium, and aviary. This small wildlife conservatory features several animal enclosures and habitats, including an artificial tidal estuary, penguin beach, tropical mangrove swamp, and several aquariums with viewing areas. Discover the secrets of the mysterious mangroves in the giant aquarium that contains more than 20 species. The netting surrounding the entire zoo is part of the open-air aviary that is home to South American fur seals, African penguins, sea ducks, pied avocet, black necked stilts, redshanks, and puffins. Make Living Coasts part of your personalized Torquay itinerary using our Torquay trip app .
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  • We visited Living Coasts on our holiday break. The walk along the harbour front approaching living coasts is very pretty. There is also a land train that drops off and picks up at this facility. It is...  more »
  • We only spent a short time here as I wanted to see the penguins have breakfast. I love penguins. The staff were very informative friendly and made the experience fun. We were introduced to Solly and I...  more »
  • I visited last week with my husband and two children. I found the entrance price to be compatible with other attractions in the area. We planned our visit around the different feeding times to make th...  more »
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  • This is a compact zoo focussing on marine life and conservation. Unusually, the birds are free to fly around the main large enclosure and also within large dedicated enclosures which you can walk through. There is a large colony of macaroni and African penguins, who are the stars of the show - don't miss the penguin feeding (10:30). The penguins are also free to roam, so you can get very close and also see them swimming underwater. There are talks and feeding sessions all day, an underwater viewing area with glass tunnel and a variety of other popular animals: seals, stingrays, octopuses, seabirds such as auks and puffins and a pair of very playful otters. Overall, I very much enjoyed this zoo and have been twice. It's good for a 3-4 hour visit and is likely to be very popular with children due to how close you can get to the animals, and is very child friendly. There's also a large canteen restaurant with excellent views of the bay. It is linked to the nearby excellent Paignton zoo and your ticket can be upgraded to visit both, which is worth it if you can!
  • A very informative visit. A little small but its still good for a half day. They were having works done on the day we visited which was mentioned on their website. But the staff at the front desk almost changed our minds but over describing the disruption. I'm glad we choose to ignore them as it really didn't impact our experience!
  • Incredible day! Started with the Penguin Dive Experience which set the standard. Scrummy full English breakfast with unbeatable views. Incredibly knowledgeable and welcoming staff who truly took the overall experience to the next level. We love the work you do and will be back to support it.
  • Such a lovely zoo. I loved the fact it was by the coast so lovely views and the animals were great. The seals and penguins were my favourites (particularly when you get to stand next to a penguin on the decking). Great value for money and easy to access by public transport.
  • We love our annual trip to the living coast. We've been at least once a year since 2012. It is not your usual sea life centre attraction. Take advantage of the free return within a week, ask for it on arrival.

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When you book a room at a seafront hotel in Torquay, you can take full advantage of English Riviera's famous golden sands and clean swimming facilities, all within walking distance of the town center. Many top-quality seafront hotels offer everything from spa treatments and indoor heated swimming pools, to award-winning bars and front-facing rooms overlooking the town's waterfront promenade. For a less expensive and more romantic alternative deeper inland, consider staying at a private cottage, where you can enjoy privacy and comfort minutes from picturesque coastal paths, pubs, wine bars, and shops. 
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