"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Paignton - Preston Sands Beach

Paignton Preston Sands is on the south coast of Devon. It is a sandy beach, approximately 800 metres wide, backed by a large town green.

Beach type: Sand

Nearest town: Torbay

Local authority: Torbay Borough Council

OS Grid Reference: SX897617


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Things to see and do near Paignton - Preston Sands Beach

  • Paignton Pier (1m)
  • Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway (1m)
  • Dartmouth Steam Rail and River Boat Co (1m)
  • Kirkham House (1m)
  • Cockington Country Park (1m)
  • Devon Activities (1m)
  • Cockington Court (1m)
  • Splashdown Quaywest Waterpark (1m)
  • Quaywest (1m)
  • Tore Abbey (1m)
  • Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery (1m)
  • The Riviera International Centre (2m)
  • Waves Leisure Pool (2m)
  • Living Coasts (2m)
  • Occombe Farm (2m)
  • Paignton Zoo (2m)
  • Torquays Dinosaur World (2m)
  • AMF Torquay (2m)
  • Quasar Torquay (2m)
  • The Boulder Bunker (2m)
  • Play Cafe (2m)
  • Torquay Museum (2m)
  • Rainbow Funhouse (2m)
  • Kents Cavern (3m)
  • New Barn Farm Cottages and Angling Centre (3m)
  • Bygones Victorian Museum (3m)
  • Babbacombe Model Village (3m)
  • Torquay Alpine Ski Club (3m)
  • Battlefield LIVE Torbay (3m)
  • Berry Pomeroy Castle (4m)

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre
The Esplanade

Phone 0844 474 2233

Seasonal opening

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Weather and Tides

Forecast for Tuesday 20 March


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. -1°C
(feels like -3°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 7mph.
Pressure 1028
Humidity 81%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 2°C
(feels like -1°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 6mph.
Pressure 1030
Humidity 88%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 6°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 6mph.
Pressure 1031
Humidity 71%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 7%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 6mph.
Pressure 1031
Humidity 63%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 7°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 5mph.
Pressure 1033
Humidity 68%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 5°C
(feels like 2°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
Pressure 1035
Humidity 78%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality
Low Tide
01:26 GMT
High Tide
08:09 GMT
Low Tide
13:47 GMT
High Tide
20:25 GMT

Important! Tide times are for the nearest measurement point and may not be accurate for this location. You should not rely on these times for anything other than a broad indication of when the tide will be at its highest or lowest.

In particular, these tide times are not suitable for navigational use. Accurate tide forecasts require complex calculations and detailed local information. If you intend to engage in any activity for which tidal information is important for safety reasons (including sailing, powerboating, diving, and surfing) then you should obtain professional data.

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A very popular stretch of beach to the north of Paignton sands. lined with colourful beach huts.

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