Paignton Zoo


Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU

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Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Paignton, Devon

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With dozens of different 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 zoos.
Come rain or shine, the zoo is a fun-filled day out for the whole family.

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

There are many Covid-19 safety measures implemented around the site to ensure that everyone can have an enjoyable and safe visit. For full details, please see the Paignton Zoo website.

All outdoor exhibits and the majority of indoor spaces are open, however a small number of animal houses will remain closed due to their size and social distancing guidelines in place.

PLEASE NOTE: All tickets and arrival time slots have to be pre-booked online in advance, through the Paignton Zoo website here.

To refuel during the day, there are various food outlets around the site to grab a takeaway drink or snack, including 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 and branded souvenirs.

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 around the world. 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.

Paignton Zoo is open from 10am every day (except Christmas Day). Closing times and last entry varies throughout the year so please see the website or call Paignton Zoo on 01803 697500 to find out more.

Guide Prices

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


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Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year

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


23rd Oct 2021 - 31st Oct 2021

It’s Spooky Season at Paignton Zoo, Paignton, DevonIt’s Spooky Season at Paignton ZooGrab your broomsticks and join us at Paignton Zoo for some frighteningly good Halloween half term fun, every day from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st October. Our FREE Wizard Workshop will be open each day between 10.30am and 4pm, where with some help from our mystical characters, children can make…
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    Recent Reviews:

    • pete3lions
      Wickford, United Kingdom
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      Sons birthday
      4 of 5 stars
      19th Sept 2021
      Went here for our sons birthday while on a break in Devon. Plenty of animals to see and play areas scattered around the zoo for the kids. Took lunch with us so only had an ice cream and prices... Read full review
    • Nathalie B
      Selby, United Kingdom
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      Disappointing few animals out to see.
      1 of 5 stars
      19th Sept 2021
      We hardly saw any of the main animals. We were very disappointed. Its very hilly and I was in a lot of pain with my back. Not helped by the disappointment. We only saw the lemurs because they were... Read full review
    • mollymagooDerby
      Heanor, United Kingdom
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      We have been to the zoo today
      5 of 5 stars
      20th Sept 2021
      We visited Paignton zoo today while on holiday in Paignton. Price was £20 each prebooked on line . We arrived at 11am you are given a map ( it’s a bit confusing at times to understand the map) . I... 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.22 and 122 operates from Torquay and Paignton to the zoo.



    • Gift Shop


    • 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


    • 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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    Tel01803 697500

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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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