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Paignton Zoo Environmental Park


Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU

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Tel01803 697500

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About Us

Paignton Zoo is one of Britain’s top zoos, home to some of the planet’s rarest and most amazing creatures. Discover all your favourites, including gorillas and orang-utans, giraffes, lions, tigers and rhinos, and be ready for a few surprises along the way too. Do you know what a coati is? Have you ever seen a capybara? And don’t forget the plants – there are hundreds of rare and beautiful specimens around the site.

A must-see is Crocodile Swamp. Here, amid the lush tropical foliage and steamy atmosphere, you’ll come face-to-face with huge crocodiles plus large snakes, turtles and fish – enter if you dare! Then there’s Amphibian Ark, the Avian Breeding Centre and Monkey Heights.

Paignton Zoo is a registered charity, so not only do you get a great day out, you know your money is going to a good cause, supporting education, scientific research and practical conservation both at home and abroad.

Paignton Zoo has plenty to keep everyone going all day – as well as the amazing wildlife there’s food, shopping, indoor and outdoor play areas, the Jungle Express train ride and a free seasonal bird show.

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.


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Recent Reviews:

  • camymal
    Devon, England
    A good family day out
    5 of 5 stars
    14th Mar 2018
    I visit Paignton Zoo regularly and it never disappoints. The animals appear well looked after with the surrounding areas kept nice and clean. There is plenty to keep the children entertained. A... Read full review
  • Alex H
    Trip Type:
    Great Zoo with plenty to do
    5 of 5 stars
    13th Mar 2018
    Visited as a couple and we were not disappointed. Expected to only spend a few hours here but ended up spending 6! There was plenty to do and lots to see including really enthusiastic zookeepers. The... Read full review
  • kazwindy
    Cornwall, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Great zoo
    5 of 5 stars
    12th Mar 2018
    Love this place. Came on a rainy day and still enjoyed. Food is pricey so brought packed lunch and ate in the restaurant which is fine. Easy to get around the zoo and lots of outdoor play areas... Read full review


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.



  • Gift Shop

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Venue Facilities

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

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


  • 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

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Parking & Transport

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


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

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Switch accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

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

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


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Opening Times

Opening 2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Opening 2107 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* 10am – 4.30pm every day
last entry is currently 3.30pm

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This Official Tourism Website is managed by the English Riviera BID Company Ltd.
Company number 10237792.
Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
Telephone 01803 211211

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