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Living Coasts

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Address: Beacon Quay | Torquay Harbourside, Torquay TQ1 2BG, England
Phone Number:
+44 1803 202470
Today
10:00 - 16:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Quite expensive

For not much. But the penguins were fab and you get to be so close to them. We had a nice afternoon and the sun was out. Great little place to occupy small people. You could... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Ceredigion, United Kingdom
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Ceredigion, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

For not much. But the penguins were fab and you get to be so close to them. We had a nice afternoon and the sun was out. Great little place to occupy small people. You could have more exciting fish in the aquarium but other than that it was nice.

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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

stayed at the hotel next door and decided to see some wildlife. check with the cashier when are they feeding the penguins because its worth it

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Thank John S
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64 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of Penguins, birds and Seals but not that much. If you like Penguins, go but that is pretty much it. You go in and see Penguins - job done. They have a wading pool with some wading birds then you see some Seals laid on a rock. That is it. They have a netted aviary but some wading birds... More 

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Thank Peter W
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Living Coasts is a great and informative experience, especially when going with young kids. Seeing all the penguins and seals from above the water and below is fantastic and gets the kids excited. However, it Is a fairly small place and quite a short trip around. This may have been as we went on a cold day and maybe in... More 

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Thank Jord B
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First impressions were not good as the receptionist was really difficult, not accepting my uni library card as student ID as it did not have an end date. After quite a while she made out that she was doing me a favour by letting me in, like I would bother lying about being a student. Once inside we had a... More 

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VisitorServices1, Manager at Living Coasts, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Living Coasts. I'm sorry you rated your visit as pretty poor and that you had some issues with a student discount. We do advertise that we require a valid student card on our price lists at the ticket desk and on our website. We get a lot of people trying to use out of date or... More 

Coromandel, MG
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the shop and cafe only and had a coffee. The shop had plenty of lovely things for kids. The coffee was good and the view from the upstairs cafe were fantastic.

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Bristol, England
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154 reviews
88 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've put off visiting here before as I had a feeling it would be a bit rubbish, and I was right. It cost over £30 for my wife, daughter, and I, to see what was essentially a few birds and a few seals. It took probably about 30 mins to see what was there. In lots of places there were... More 

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VisitorServices1, Manager at Living Coasts, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Living Coasts. I’m sorry you were disappointed with your recent visit and the price you paid for the experience. The entrance fee is set in line with other local sized attractions and currently includes the free winter return offer. This offer allows free entry until the end of March if you upgrade your tickets on the... More 

Luton, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw the penguins and otters being fed/shown and the people presenting them were excellent. Lots of information and the otters were adorable. The overarching aviary means that you are among wheeling birds at the same time, and you can get really close to them here and there - eye to eye in places. And after that the inside/underground parts... More 

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Thank tony s
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72 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here on our holiday in devon, and the kids loved it, was a lovely little place by the sea. I would say it was a little over priced for what it was though, could have done with being a little cheaper. The penguins, and seals were lovely, and my son loved the big ducks that were in with... More 

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Thank LJMJ2010
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is lovely to visit as you can see penguins being fed and they come out of their enclosure and near enough are near you. Definitely worth the money to visit and recommend to others

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