Living Coasts, Torquay

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Living Coasts, Torquay - Address, Phone Number

Address: Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Quay, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BG

Phone: +441-803202470

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Time Required: 04:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

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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 Opening and Closing 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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Living Coasts, Torquay Reviews - Write a Review

  • Very well laid out and can spend ages watching the seals. I think could do with being larger and more animals. Struggle to spend more than 2 hours here and I don't think the price reflects this. Having said this, not many places you can walk amongst penguins! If visiting the area I would recommend getting a "Joint Saver" ticket from either Paignton Zoo or Living Coast. This will get you entry to both for a discounted price.

  • 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!

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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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