Living Coasts Zoo and Aquarium

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Living Coasts is home to a magnificent array of marine life from around the world. Set in a state-of-the-art naturalistic environment, you can journey from the South African coastline to a mangrove forest and then onto a sunken wreck. Whatever the weather there is always plenty to do!

Mingle with the playful African and macaroni penguins, get up close with the otters and come face to face with our family of fur seals. In the aquarium, there are a selection of over a dozen species of fish, including archer fish, lionfish, four-eyed fish and stingrays. The Wader’s Estuary exhibit on the top deck has a variety of birds and a fantastic back drop. You will see the wading birds, such as avocets, ruffs and oystercatchers, foraging in the grass and the shallow waters for insects. Also see the playful puffins and kittiwakes bobbing in the water or resting on the rocks at Auk Cliff.

In addition to the wide variety of animals, daily talks and feeding times to enjoy, there are some added attractions around Living Coasts that will keep children (and adults!) entertained in all weathers. It's playing and learning at the same time! Our interactive sandpits and Draw Alive wall uses amazing technology to allow you to interact with marine creatures that you create. There is also a small soft play area for under 5’s.

Open to all the Terrace Café is free to visit for non-visitors too, with panoramic sea views overlooking the Bay. On offer is a wide selection of freshly prepared food, from paninis and baguettes baked on the premises to a choice of chef's daily specials. It is the perfect place to have morning coffee, a freshly made lunch or a Devon cream tea in the afternoon. Well behaved dogs on leads are also welcomed on the terrace.

Living Coasts is a registered charity striving to conserve species and habitats, and aiming to inspire and empower people to help in the fight to protect wildlife. All proceeds go towards the vital conservation work both in the UK and overseas.


  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe / Restaurant
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled WC
  • Gift Shop
  • WC
  • Wifi Connection

Opening Times

  Open Last Admission Closed
Open Daily 10.00am 3.00pm 4.00pm

Closing times vary throughout the year so please check our website before your visit.

Contact Details

Torquay Harbourside
Beacon Quay

Telephone: 01803 202470

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