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

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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, Paignton Zoo 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 Paignton 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.

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 Paignton Zoo 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. 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 is 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 Paignton Zoo on 01803 697500.   

Guide Prices

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

Awards

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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

19th July 2018 - 19th July 2018

Night of the Dragon - Paignton ZooNight of the Dragon! Thursday 19th July, 6.30pm - 8:30pm Join us after-hours to get an exclusive opportunity to see our beautiful Komodo dragon in her brand new home before she is on show to the public! Our dragon will be the only one in the South West, so her arrival is a really exciting addition...
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Recent Reviews:

  • Dmhawk
    Fab fab fab
    4 of 5 stars
    15th July 2018
    Lovely family day out. Lovely walk and surroundings, you can spend a full day here! Only things I would say is it’s easy to get lost, signs aren’t very clear and no map is given. I don’t like how... Read full review
  • Gary K
    Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Mr kibble
    5 of 5 stars
    15th July 2018
    As always a great zoo probably one of the best around sadly some attractions were closed due to new animals arriving and others being refurbished but still amazing value for Monet too Read full review
  • davidbamforth
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Great visit.
    5 of 5 stars
    15th July 2018
    Awesome zoo with a great many animals and birds etc to see. Great ameneties and easy to find. Good parking. 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.

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Tel01803 697500

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