Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU

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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, Paignton Zoo 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 Paignton 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.

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, a Komodo dragon 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 the 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 numerous outdoor and indoor play areas around the site.

Did you know that Paignton Zoo 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 or lover of the outdoors 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 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 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 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.     

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£17.35 per ticket
Family£54.55 per ticket
Child£12.95 per ticket
Gift Aid Adult£19.10 per ticket
Gift Aid Child£14.25 per ticket
Gift Aid Saver (2 adults + 2 children)£60.00 per ticket
Senior Citizen Gift Aid£16.20 per ticket
Senior citizen/student£14.70 per ticket

Reduced admission rates are offered for visitors with disabilities, with free entry for the accompanying carer or helper if required. Please see the Paignton Zoo website for full details.

Opening Times

Open New Year
Open Christmas
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (29 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30*

* Opening times vary throughout the year. Please check Paignton Zoo's website for details.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Facilities

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Free car parking
  • On-site parking or valet parking
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Open All Year
  • Picnic Area
  • Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 4-6 hours
  • Families
  • Groups
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Smoking Some Areas

Parking & Transport

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

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

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

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Recent Reviews:

  • raymond d
    Gloucester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A zoo with no cages!
    5 of 5 stars
    26th Sept 2018
    On a rather damp day we visited this zoo and were pleasantly surprised by the layout. We started with tea and cake at the restaurant before embarking on our tour. Maps were placed at several parts of... Read full review
  • rachel1982
    Southampton
    Trip Type:
    Family
    A fantastic family day out
    5 of 5 stars
    27th Sept 2018
    This was my first visit to a zoo in about 20 years and I was genuinely surprised at the lovely setting. Everything is laid out really well with good access - we visited with our 18 month old and had... Read full review
  • CoraBob
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Quiet but so were some enclosures
    4 of 5 stars
    27th Sept 2018
    All part of the life of a zoo.. but there were quite a few enclosures under refurbishment and no silverback gorillas! Food in the main restaurant reasonably priced. Our pasty and chips were served... Read full review

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