Living Coasts, Torquay

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

Phone: +441-803202470

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About Living Coasts, Torquay

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

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  • Great day out for young children. We come here a lot and my toddler enjoys it every time. The penguins are great fun to watch, there are also otters and seals and various other sea birds. Inside is a mini aquarium with a few fish, seahorses, jelly fish, star fish and the star of the show a very playful octopus! There is also a sandpit and inside soft play area. The food is reasonable in quality and price for the type of place it is.

  • Small zoo focused on sea life. Upper section is a large aviary with different sections for fur seals, otters, puffins and auks. Main area for penguins of two species Maraconi and African. Below section has underwater viewing for the above species and aquarium tanks. Can easily be seen in less than two hours. Regular talks and feedings occurred throughout the day.

  • They make the very best use of the site. For us the Penguins are the highlight. Macaroni and African Penguins on a beach setting. Sean is on hand to answer guest questions and Feeding Time talks are fun and informative. The have around a dozen chicks this year which is good news for this endangered species.

  • Great place for toddlers and adult penguin lovers! We take our little man here a couple of times a month and he loves it. You can up close to the penguins and the staff know there stuff when asked. Not sure how much but you can get feeding tickets too to get more involved.

  • The best wildlife attraction I have been to, Living Coasts is a mostly open top (with netting) wildlife sanctuary with an abundance of birds and other animals. The animals definately looked cared for and are allowed to roam for the most part. The ones that cannot roam, such as the otters, have fairly large enclosures with plenty of things to do. During the penguin feeding display you can get up close (but not touch) and the staff give great presentations. Good for all ages.

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