Paignton Zoo Environmental Park


Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU

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  • Slender tailed meerkat in sunshine
  • Ring tailed lemurs
  • Northern giraffes
  • Black rhino
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  • Komodo dragon
  • Asiatic lions
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  • Flamingos
  • Peacock
  • Bornean oranugtans Mali & Tatau
  • 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, 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.


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Opening Times

Open from 10am to 5:30pm, with last entry at 4:30pm. (29 Apr 2019 - 25 May 2019)


6th Apr 2019 - 31st Oct 2019

Top Trumps Trail, Paignton Zoo, Paignton, DevonTop Trumps TrailFrom Saturday 6th April throughout 2019, giant Top Trumps cards are landing at Paignton Zoo - just in time for the start of the Easter holidays! THE TOP TRUMPS TRAIL: The giant cards feature Paignton Zoo's very own amazing animals and will form a large trail around the Zoo. Pick up a Super Top...
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23rd June 2019 - 23rd June 2019

Pink Flamingo Day - Paignton Zoo, Paignton, DevonPink Flamingo Day - Paignton ZooPINK FLAMINGO DAY Sunday 23rd June is Pink Flamingo Day!  Take part in some flamingo festivities for Pink Flamingo Day! More details coming soon.
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29th July 2019 - 29th July 2019

Global Tiger Day - Paignton Zoo, Torquay, DevonGlobal Tiger Day - Paignton ZooGLOBAL TIGER DAY Join us on Monday 29th July to celebrate Global Tiger Day here at the Zoo!  A perfect opportunity to join us in helping raise awareness for the largest of all big cats and our beautiful Sumatran tigers here at the Zoo. More details coming soon!
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10th Aug 2019 - 10th Aug 2019

World Lion Day - Paignton Zoo, Paignton, DevonWorld Lion Day - Paignton ZooWORLD LION DAY Visit us on Saturday 10th August as we celebrate World Lion Day! Our guests have the chance to join in some roarsome activites at the Zoo, to help celebrate our pride of Endangered Asiatic lions. More details coming soon! With over 2,500 animals across 80 acres of beautiful,...
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19th Aug 2019 - 19th Aug 2019

World Orang-utan Day - Paignton Zoo, Paignton, DevonWorld Orang-utan Day - Paignton ZooWORLD ORANG-UTAN DAY Monday 19th August is a very important occasion, as it's World Orang-utan Day! Orang-utans, also known as 'people of the forest', are amongst the world's most endangered apes. Visit us on World Orang-utan Day this August to learn more about these incredible primates and how...
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22nd Sept 2019 - 22nd Sept 2019

World Rhino Day - Paignton Zoo, Paignton, DevonWorld Rhino Day - Paignton ZooWORLD RHINO DAY Celebrate the chubby unicorns of the animal kingdom with us this World Rhino Day! Did you know that a rhino's horn is made from the same substance as your fingernails? Learn more fun facts and the threats facing this beautiful mammal, as well as paying a visit to our black...
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Recent Reviews:

  • Bob L
    Sandwell, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Always a joy to visit
    5 of 5 stars
    21st May 2019
    When I am in Devon, Paignton Zoo is a magnet for me to visit. This time I went twice during my week there to ensure I missed nothing on what may be my final visit to the area. This Zoo never... Read full review
  • CBober
    Essex, England
    Trip Type:
    Lovely zoo, very clean and tidy, great picnic and play areas
    5 of 5 stars
    21st May 2019
    This was our second trip to Paignton Zoo on a holiday and both times (2 yrs ago and today) found it to be a lovely zoo. Well laid out and didn’t find ourselves going back on ourselves a lot, well... Read full review
  • 489tigger
    Trip Type:
    Be Prepared To Be Amazed
    5 of 5 stars
    22nd May 2019
    So much to see and do, you don't realise how big this zoo is, lots of animals, reptiles and wildlife here, would definitely recommend it 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


  • 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


  • 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
  • Coach drop-off point
  • Free car parking
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Open All Year
  • Picnic Area
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - An average visit to the Zoo is 4 - 5hours or a whole day.
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Min group size - 15 guests.

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given - Feeding and talk times throughout the day.
  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Wi-fi available

Venue Facilities

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

Get in Touch

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Company number 10237792.
Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
Telephone 01803 211211

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