Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

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Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU

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Family watching the giraffes at Paignton Zoo in Devon
  • Family watching the giraffes at Paignton Zoo in Devon
  • Two gorillas at Paignton Zoo in Devon
  • Sumatran tiger
  • Ring tailed lemurs
  • Bornean oranugtans Mali & Tatau
  • Feeding the giant tortoise at Paignton Zoo in Devon
  • Flamingos
  • Cuban crocodile
  • Pygmy marmoset
  • Red panda
  • Paignton Zoo Map

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About Us

With over 2,500 animals across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds, you are in for a really wild time at Paignton Zoo! Located in South Devon, it is one of the South West’s most exciting visitor attractions and one of Britain’s top zoos. It’s a place to roam, discover and get in touch with your inner animal. Discover all your favourite species, big and small, including gorillas, orang-utans, giraffes, lions, tigers, crocodiles, red pandas and rhinos, and be ready for a few surprises along the way too. Come rain or shine the Zoo is a fun filled day out for all of the family and you will need a whole day to explore everything it has to offer.

Paignton Zoo Animals

Get up close to some of the animal wonders of the world across our specially designed habitats - from the savannah to the wetlands and the tropical forest. As you enter the Zoo across the boardwalk you will come across Reptile Tropics. This exhibit is home to an amazing array of reptiles, amphibians and birds from around the world, including chameleons, lizards and poison dart frogs. Check out Lemur Wood to get up close to our three different species of lemur and brave walking over the wobbly bridge. Carrying on in this area of the Zoo you will reach the big primates in the Ape Centre – the gorillas and orang-utans. Paignton Zoo is home to a bachelor group of four Western lowland gorillas and six Bornean orang-utans; both Critically Endangered species.

You can’t miss the majestic big cats, including Asiatic lions, Sumatran tigers and cheetahs. In the savannah area across rolling plains you can see amazing animals such as giraffes, camels, zebra, ostrich and Duchess, the beautiful African elephant who is one of the Zoo’s eldest residents. For another reptile fix venture to the humid and steamy atmosphere of Crocodile Swamp. Here you will see the reptile giants of the world including pythons and a saltwater crocodile – enter if you dare! With seasonal events across the year and during the school holidays, the entertainment never stops. Running from Easter until the end of the summer holidays is the free Winged Wonders bird show, where you can get up close and witness birds of prey showing off their astonishing talents.

You can find out more about some of the incredible animals at the Zoo by attending one of ten daily keeper talks. See animals enjoy their feeding time or enrichment and find out more about their individual personalities from the people who know them best. Don’t forget to take a trip on the Jungle Express train, for an exclusive view of some of our exhibits around the lake and to get closer to the action. Let young ones run wild in the outdoor and indoor play areas.

Did you know that there is a botanical garden as well as a Zoo? From waterside plantings to champion trees, herbaceous borders to wild flower meadows, there is something for any keen gardener to enjoy.

To refuel and keep going on your adventure there are various food outlets around the site to grab a drink or snack, including the fantastic Island Restaurant in the heart of the Zoo. On offer is a wide range of food, including chef-made sandwiches, burgers, baguettes, paninis, salads, hot lunches, Chunk pasties, homemade soup, and jacket potatoes served with a selection of homemade fillings. Easy pick up lunch boxes for children are also available

Situated in the main entrance, the Living World gift shop is stocked full of unique gifts, cuddly toys and branded souvenirs. Take a toy or book away with you and carry on learning about the amazing wildlife from the comfort of home! 

Paignton Zoo is a registered charity, so not only do you get a good day out, you know your money is going to a good cause, supporting education, scientific research and practical conservation. Paignton Zoo supports a number of projects in the UK and overseas that aim to conserve wildlife in the wild, as well as playing a key role in breeding programmes for rare and endangered species. 

Paignton Zoo Pass

You can also help by purchasing an annual pass, for entry all year round to Paignton Zoo and its sister sites, Living Coasts and Newquay Zoo or by adopting an animal. The range of experiences on offer allow you to meet and get up close and feed some of the most popular animals, including the giant tortoises, giraffes and rhinos.

Paignton Zoo Opening Times

We are open from 10am every day (except Christmas Day). Closing times and last entry varies throughout the year so follow the website link above to confirm or call us on 01803 697500.   

Guide Prices

Please go to our website for all of our admission prices. https://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/

Awards

  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017
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Opening Times

We are open during the following times for 2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* 10am – 6.00pm every day
last entry is currently 5.00pm

Events

15th Dec 2018 - 16th Dec 2018

22nd Dec 2018 - 24th Dec 2018

Christmas at Paignton Zoo, Paignton, DevonChristmas at Paignton ZooVisit Paignton Zoo this Christmas for some festive fun! Meet Santa in his magical grotto and receive a fantastic present. Hop aboard the Christmas train* Follow the gingerbread trail and pick up a special gift from the elves as you leave (available only for children who have booked to meet Santa)...
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Recent Reviews:

  • lisadrew82
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Lovely zoo
    4 of 5 stars
    5th Nov 2018
    Visited as a family. The zoo is big with lots of animals so very well priced. The shop again is well priced and lots of goodies to buy. The restaurant is big with a good selection of choices. We did... Read full review
  • clarkeh3
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Family day out
    4 of 5 stars
    6th Nov 2018
    What a brilliant place. It's not cheap £60 for a family ticket but it takes all day to get around. Some of the exhibits are under renovation but there is so much to see. Food is really expensive so... Read full review
  • Mike F
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Too Expensive
    1 of 5 stars
    13th Nov 2018
    Disappointing small zoo. Admission prices are far too expensive for what you get. Can be quite an expensive visit for a family. Read full review

Directions

Road Directions

Paignton Zoo is located on the A3022 Totnes Road, 1 mile from Paignton town centre. Once in Paignton follow the brown tourist signs, marked with an elephant and Zoological Gardens. The Zoo is situated near to Morrisons supermarket. The Car park for the Zoo is to the left from the roundabout.

Public Transport Directions

Stagecoach no.12a operates from Torquay and Paignton to the Zoo.

Facilities

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Ticket desk No.4 has a loop system installed.
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Not near the Big Cats
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant - Restaurant seating 400 max, and bar; snack kiosk, outdoor seating for 50.
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Open All Year
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - The zoo as somewhere that you can spend the whole day. An average visit is 6 hours.
  • Min group size - 15
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Switch accepted

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given - Feeding and talk times throughout the day.
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Larger groups (100+) or groups requiring meals are advised to book.

Get in Touch

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Tel01803 697500

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