Living Coasts is one of Torquay’s newest premier attractions.

It is sited on the harbour side in Torquay, right next to the shops and bars so within easy reach of the hotel. (Approximately 30 minute walk).

It is Britain’s only coastal zoo, affiliated with Paignton Zoo.

It is a research, conservation and education charity that is dedicated to the protection of plants, animal and their environment.

The site itself is covered by a huge aviary which houses animal enclosures, habitats that include a Penguin beach, a tropical mangrove swamp, otter rapids and more. The free-flying aviary is nearly 20 metres tall and is home to hundreds of animals including the Atlantic Mudskipper and the Asian short-clawed Otter, more than 300 birds such as the Tufted Penguin and the Red-Legged Kittiwake and sea life including deadly Indian Ribbontail Stingrays, the Common Octopus and Upside-Down Jellyfish.

Penguin Beach is a penguin-lovers heaven, where you can get up-close to the African penguins in their enclosure, which is designed to look like their coastal habitats in South Africa. All the penguins are free roaming and are often seen wandering the visitor paths using their very own ‘penguin crossings’!

The Mysterious Mangroves house massive aquarium tanks that contain over 20 species. They act as a nursery for a huge range of different fish and are found all over the globe.

The Otter Rapids feature both fresh and saltwater pools with a fast-flowing stream for the Asian otters to play in.

It is an all-weather attraction that boasts panoramic underwater and coastal viewing areas.

It is a member of the British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA) and a member of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, with all its profits going straight back into the welfare of their animals.


Temporary Closure until 30th April – COVID 19 

In line with government advice about avoiding non-essential travel, and the increased risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, it is with great sadness that we must announce that Balmoral will temporarily close.

The closure will initially be until Thursday 30th April 2020 inclusive. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take advice from the appropriate authorities, and we will only reopen when it is clear that it is safe to do so. If this means that we have to extend the closure beyond 30th April, we will ensure we update you.

What this means is that we will now have to defer all bookings for anyone who was planning to visit us during this closure period.

Rebook for a future date: We very much look forward to the day when all of this is over and we can welcome you back to the Balmoral – With this in mind, we are looking upon this as a postponement, not a cancellation. We very much hope you will want to postpone your holiday and rearrange it for a later date. You can therefore move your booking to any available date this year, we will retain your deposit to be used against this amended booking. If you elect to move your booking to a date with a different seasonal rate, we will need to charge you the new rate, which may be higher or lower, depending on which season you choose.

If you have booked with a voucher then we can move your booking to another off-peak period – which will now be the Autumn. (October onwards) 

 We appreciate that this will be disappointing news for all those who enjoy staying with us,  We would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and support in these exceptional circumstances .

If you have a another date you would like to transfer your booking to please email us at 

 We will only be taking a limited number of calls during this time. 

Please stay safe everyone and we are looking forward very much to the day, when we can throw open our doors to you all and welcome you back into the warmth and comfort of Balmoral  And when we do, we can assure you that it will be a time to remember