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Paignton Zoo

Type:Zoo

Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU

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Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Paignton, Devon
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Opening Dates and Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
2022 Opening (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Paignton Zoo will be closed to visitors on the 6th and 7th January 2022 and again from Monday 10th until Friday 21st January 2022.

Guide Prices

Please go to the Paignton Zoo website to find full information regarding current day admission prices.

About

VISIT PAIGNTON ZOO FOR AN INSPIRING DAY OUT…

With over 2000 animals and countless amazing plants across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds, you are in for a fantastic day out 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.

Discover your favourite species, big and small, including gorillas, orang-utans, giraffes, tigers, crocodiles, red pandas and rhinos, and be ready for a few surprises along the way.

As well an being an inspiring day out come rain or shine, Paignton Zoo is part of Wild Planet Trust, a conservation charity that aims to help halt species decline.

Get up close to some of the animal wonders of the world across their specially designed habitats – from the savannah to the wetlands to the tropical forest. Come face to face with three different species of lemur in Lemur Wood, spot the community of Hamadryas baboons hanging out at Baboon Rock, be captivated by Komodo dragon Khaleesi at Crocodile Swamp and discover exotic plants across the botanical gardens.

To refuel during the day, there are various food outlets around the site to grab a drink or snack, or you can enjoy a spot of lunch at the Island Restaurant in the heart of the zoo. Situated in the main entrance, the Living World gift shop is stocked full of unique gifts, cuddly toys, souvenirs and an eco-friendly range.

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. Part of Wild Planet Trust, 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 is open from 10am every day (except Christmas Day).

Closing times and last entry varies throughout the year so please see their website to find out more.

 

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 2021
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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    • Very Good
      1242
    • Average
      406
    • Poor
      172
    • Terrible
      134

    Recent Reviews:

    • Foodie1066
      Plymouth, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      A very disappointed yearly visit.
      2 of 5 stars
      29th Dec 2021
      Very disappointed with this visit. Both children, my Fiancée and myself left feeling very disappointed. We come once a year and alot of the smaller enclosures are overgrown with no animals in. The... Read full review
    • Lauren H
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Lovely spontaneous day out!
      5 of 5 stars
      3rd Jan 2022
      Had a lovely visit, children was chuffed to bits! Seen all animals, except the orangutang which obviously just didn’t feel like it which is sad but understandable, they don’t always want to be... Read full review
    • fhxbry
      Great day out
      4 of 5 stars
      3rd Jan 2022
      Fabulous zoo filled with well looked after, beautiful animals. Only (very minor) downside was a few empty areas or areas of construction / renovation but none obstruct the enjoyment of the zoo... Read full review

    Facilities

    Children & Infants

    • Facilities for children

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • Accessible to Wheelchair Users

    Facilities

    Other

    • Gift Shop

    Accessibility

    • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
    • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
    • 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

    • 2m distancing in place
    • Advance booking essential
    • Capacity limit
    • Clear signage
    • Contactless payment possible
    • 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
    • Interactive displays closed
    • Online booking only
    • Outside seating
    • Queuing system
    • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
    • Socially distanced spaced seating
    • Staff required to regularly wash hands

    Establishment Features

    • Free car parking
    • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
    • Open All Year
    • Picnic Area
    • Plastic-Free
    • 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, for guests who like to see everything around the site.
    • In countryside
    • In town/city centre
    • Outdoor Attraction

    Parking & Transport

    • On Bus Route
    • Parking (free)

    Payment Methods

    • Booking essential
    • Contactless payment accepted

    Specialist Features

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

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted

    Travel & Trade

    • Group discounts available
    • Wi-fi available

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    Paignton Zoo

    Map & 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.

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