"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"


Preston is a suburb located in the northern part of Paignton in Devon. Preston is a popular destination for family holidays and has two main beaches; Hollicombe, a red sandy beach with cliffs and rock pools, and Preston Sands with rock pools, beach huts and facilities. At low tide it is possible to walk between Preston Sands and the adjoining beaches at Paignton.

Preston had a railway station called Preston Platform briefly between 1911 and 1914. The entrance to the platform (now bricked up with grey breeze blocks) can be found on the footpath that runs in a northerly direction below the railway bridge at the bottom of Seaway Road. Preston Platform was the only halt ever built between the Torquay and Paignton railway stations.

Preston has a primary school, Preston Primary, which technically is in the Livermead suburb of Torquay, with the boundary between the towns of Paignton and Torquay running through the school grounds.

Local authority: Torbay Borough Council

OS Grid Reference: SX886627

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Things to see and do in and around Preston

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

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre
The Esplanade

Phone 0844 474 2233

Seasonal opening

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Forecast for Saturday 24 March


Chance of rain 90%
Max temp. 7°C
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Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
Pressure 995
Humidity 95%
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Pressure 999
Humidity 96%
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Humidity 92%
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Max temp. 8°C
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Wind 2mph, gusting to 5mph.
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Humidity 88%
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