When are you open?
We're open everyday from 10.00 a.m, except for Christmas Day.
For a full list of closure times, please click below
How do we get there?
Living Coasts is located on the Torquay harbourside on Beacon Hill.
Once in Torquay follow the A379 and the brown tourist signs marked with a penguin and 'Living Coasts'.
The postcode is TQ1 2BG.
Stagecoach Gold and the Number 12 travel to Torquay Harbour, and Local Link Route 65 goes to the Strand (Torquay harbourside).
For more information please visit stagecoachbus.com.
You can also find directions to Living Coasts here www.livingcoasts.org.uk/plan-your-visit/find-us.
Where can we park?
Is there disabled access?
Yes, there is disabled access from the top level car park via the lift situated across the bridge and in the café. There is no access from the lower level car park.
Inside the attraction itself is all accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. The majority of the paths are tarmacked.
What proof is accepted for a disabled concession?
Can I hire a mobility scooter?
Unfortunately we do not have mobility scooters available for hire.
However we are pleased to offer visitors the use of manual wheelchairs to borrow free of charge for use during your visit. To ensure availability, please telephone in advance to reserve a wheelchair on 01803 202470.
What happens if I don't have my student card?
If you do not have your valid student card on the day of your visit, you are still able to get a student ticket concession if you have the NUS or UNiDAYS app that shows both your photo and expiry date. Please see our Guest Services team when you arrive for more information.
Do Blue Peter badge holders get free admission?
Unfortunately we currently do not allow free entry for Blue Peter badge holders.
Can I bring my dog?
Can I bring my bike in?
Bicycles are not permitted within Living Coasts. A bike rack is located immediately opposite the front entrance and there is also one located in the top level of the car park next to the site.
Can I hold my party/wedding/event at Living Coasts?
Unfortunately not – we currently do not have function facilities available at Living Coasts.
Can I hire a room for a corporate meeting?
Unfortunately not - we cannot accommodate corporate meetings here at Living Coasts.
Do you take debit or credit cards?
Yes, we accept all major debit and credit cards other than American Express. There is no charge for their use.
Is there a cash point?
Unfortunately we do not have a cash point on site.
Can I bring a picnic?
Yes, we have picnic benches throughout the site, both indoors and outdoors.
We do ask that you please do not bring food and drink from outside into our Terrace Café.
Do you have baby changing facilities?
Yes, we have baby changing facilities located throughout the site.
Our largest baby changing facility is located by the toilets in our Terrace Café.
Can I return to my car during my visit?
Yes, just get your hand stamped at the front entrance by the ticket office staff before you leave for re-entry.
Can I visit the Café and gift shop without buying tickets to the attraction?
Yes, the Terrace Café and Tradewinds gift shop can be accessed to all members all the general public without purchasing entry to Living Coasts.
Can I smoke?
Smoking or vaping is not permitted anywhere inside Living Coasts. Visitors are only permitted to smoke on the terrace in a designated area.
Do you have lockers or storage facilities?
Yes, we have lockers just inside the front entrance – lockers accept £1 coins .
Do you have play areas?
We have a children's soft play area on the lower level. Parents and guardians are required to supervise children in their care whilst using the play area at all times.
Can I volunteer at Living Coasts?
For information about volunteering here at Living Coasts, please see our volunteering page
Can I do my work experience at Living Coasts?
For information about work experience here at Living Coasts, please see our work experience page below
Can we feed or hold the animals?
Can I adopt an animal?
Yes, there are 7 species which you can adopt. For more information about adopting an animal, please see
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