Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

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Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU

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Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Paignton, Devon
  • Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Paignton, Devon
  • Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Paignton, Devon
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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 and ostrich. 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 site 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
  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2015
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

Opening Times

Open from 10am to 6pm, with last entry at 3:30pm. (6 July 2020 - 30 Sept 2020)

* All visits must be pre-booked online in advance.

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Recent Reviews:

  • KimQueenofQuo
    Birmingham England
    Pleasant Day Out
    4 of 5 stars
    11th Nov 2020
    We booked the first slot online 2 days before. We arrived and we admitted on time. Social distancing was good hand sanitiser and toilets were clean. We spent the day at the zoo like we have done for... Read full review
  • WidleyTraveller
    Waterlooville, United Kingdom
    Enjoyable day and the children enjoyed themselves.
    4 of 5 stars
    21st Nov 2020
    We were visiting Dartmoor with our grandchildren and decided to bring them to this zoo as we had heard lots of good reports. Despite the obvious impact of Covid19 we felt safe throughout our stay... Read full review
  • Sandratthomas
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Great afternoon trip
    5 of 5 stars
    23rd Nov 2020
    Lovely Zoo. Animals look so well cared for. Best part sitting in front of cafe watching the monkeys swinging in the trees. Giraffes were awesome. Didn’t get to see the big cats... must have... 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 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

COVID-19 Response

  • 1m distancing in place
  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • Online booking only
  • Open now
  • Outside seating
  • Queuing system
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

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 to 5 hours 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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Tel01803 697500

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