Living Coasts

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  • Address: Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Quay, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BG, TQ1 2BG, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +441-803202470
  • Fax: +44-01803202471
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Wildlife Sanctuary , Zoo, Family And Kids, Social, Zoos, Aquariums And Wildlife Sanctuaries

Living Coasts - Review

The Living Coasts is a coastal zoo located in the city of Torquay. It belongs to the Plaignton zoo as a part of the Whitley Wildlife Trust which includes other zoo as well. The sanctuary is based on sea birds and other coastal wildlife. It is located in a state of the art naturalistic environment. It is enclosed by a massive aviary which includes several animal enclosures and habitats along with an artificial tidal estuary, a penguin beach, a tropical mangrove swamp and underwater viewing areas. It was inaugurated on 14th July 2003 and is now visited by roughly 100,000 visitors annually.

The luxurious aviary is a free flying area for rare mammals and birds such as-

  • South American fur seals
  • African penguins
  • Macaroni penguins
  • Sea ducks
  • Pied avocets
  • Red shanks
  • Black necked stilts
  • Ruffs
  • Terns
  • Pigeon guillemots
  • Common guillemots
  • Tuffed puffins
  • Red legged kittiwakes
  • Billed choughs

The aviary was the first open- air auk exhibit in the world and has won a prestigious award for its exclusive design.

The other attractions in this zoo are-

  • Mangroves which are the roots of the sea, features a giant aquarium tank presenting more than 20 species, including three types of sting rays.
  • The Living Coasts are a house to local sea species like sea horses, starfish and edible crabs.
  • The total number of animals in this sanctuary is almost 626 belonging to 51 different species of mammals and birds.
  • You can take a journey from the South African coast to a mangrove forest and then to a sunken wreck. There is always a lot to do no matter what the weather is like. You can enjoy playing with the penguins, take a very close view of the otters or even kiss the seals.

Living Coasts Information

  • Opening and closing timings do vary sometimes so it is advised that you check them prior to your visit.
  • Make sure you are careful not to hurt the animals.
  • To make the most of your visits make sure to keep a note of the feeding times and keeper talks.
  • There are lots of exciting games which are not to be missed like making the seals dance following the movements of your ribbon.
  • You can even swim for 45 minutes with the penguins if you are a certified scuba diver.
  • There are lots of underwater panoramic events held.
  • You can even join a penguin feeding session with the keepers.
  • Special shows and extended talks are available on site everyday.
  • There are programs which let visitors be keepers for a whole day.
  • Other contact no. 0844 874 3366 (local).

Living Coasts Ticket Prices

  • Purchase for Joint Saver tickets for Plaignton Zoo differs. This ticket can be used on two separate days, for one visit to the Living Coast and another visitto the Plaignton zoo between the date of purchase of tickets and 31st of March.
  • Adult– 11.25 Pounds per ticket.
  • Child (3yrs – 15yrs)– 8.45 Pounds per ticket.
  • Child (under 3yrs)– free.
  • Senior citizens/ students– 8.70 Pounds per ticket.

Living Coasts Hours

  • The zoo is closed on Christmas and it is opened for longer hours during summers.

How To reach Living Coasts by Public Transport

  • The nearest rail stations are Torquay and Plaignton.
  • Bus service 60 or 61 to Torguay Strand.
  • Waterway is also accessible by boats from Plaignton&Brixon to Beacon Quay.

Restaurants Near Living Coasts

  • Harvestor Beacon Quay
  • Brewers Fayre
  • Number 7 Fish Bistro

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TripHobo Highlights for Living Coasts

  • Living Coasts Address: Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Quay, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BG, TQ1 2BG, United Kingdom
  • Living Coasts Contact Number: +441-803202470
  • Living Coasts Timing: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Living Coasts Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Living Coasts(preferred time): 10:00 am - 02:30 pm
  • Time required to visit Living Coasts: 04:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Living Coasts

  • 75.64% of people who visit Torquay include Living Coasts in their plan

  • 93.48% of people start their Living Coasts visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Living Coasts

Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Living Coasts

People normally club together Goodrington Sands and Bear Feet Play Centre while planning their visit to Living Coasts.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Living Coasts, Torquay Reviews

  • Nicely set up. Great diversity and pitched nicely for a wife range of ages. Our visit was a 5* time but for the water clarity being low due to filters needing maintenance - something perhaps should have warranted a discount IMO. Still good half day if you take in the talks and do 2 loops with your little ones.

  • Better than expected. Enjoyed our visit. Walking next to penguins was great and a great viewing area of the seals. A good variety of indoor exhibitions too with hands on activities for the kids. Underwater viewing always enjoyable too. Spent a good 2 to 3 hours here. Caught the ferry from Paignton to Torquay to visit which made for an excellent day trip. Don't forget to like my review😀

  • Terrific place if you like watching sea life. Spent 2 hours plus there and visited again 2 days later. Especially loved the penguins. When they have feed times you can get really close to watch. The keepers are very knowledgeable about the animals they look after. Learnt a lot.You can buy joint ticket for paignton zoo and it works out very reasonable. It is a well designed area and educational. I didn't know what a mangrove was and how important it is to the sea before I visited. They do lots of conservation work too. Very interesting place to visit.

  • This place is amazing,the staff there were super kind and the way they kept animals in the right enclosures for them,I also loved the way they put up the feeding times and during those times they also teach you about the animal they are currently feeding. I would recommend it for every marine life lover like me. Keely age 9

  • Great to see the penguins close up. Water was extremely murky on the day we visited so we paid a reduced rate, shame we didn't get to see much underwater though,and our visit was very short as a result. We were warned about this before we purchased our tickets though. The shop is fantastic, particularly if you like penguins! What's also good is that you don't have to go round the attraction to get to the shop, we just went to the shop a few times too.

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