Paignton Zoo

Every year over ½ million people visit Paignton Zoo making one of the most popular attractions in the South West. As a registered charity, the Zoo works to preserve endangered species and plants from around the world, while offering visitors an educational and exciting experience. Spread over 80 acres there are around 2000 animals to discover, set in rolling countryside.

The park is on the outskirts of Paignton, around a mile from the town centre, positioned centrally in The English Riviera. The park is next to a Morrisons Supermarket and there is ample free car parking specifically for Zoo visitors, along with an overflow car park. Because of the hilly lie of the land, walking around the Zoo can be harder in areas where the pathways are unmade for buggies and wheelchairs.

However the topography adds to the charm of the park as enclosures and exhibits are laid out to be explored through walkways lined with vegetation. By following the clearly marked signposts it becomes an enjoyable walk, punctuated by the animal enclosures.

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Speaking of the animals, Paignton Zoo’s collection is one broadest in the country with creatures of all shapes and sizes. Highlights include:

  • The Crocodile Swamp.
  • Monkey Heights.
  • The Giraffe and Elephant Houses.
  • The Ape Centre.
  • The Reptile Tropics and Desert.
  • The Lion and Tiger enclosures.

But this is just a taste of what is on offer at the Zoo with a children’s petting area, flamingo island, indoor soft play area, and miniature railway running around the park.

Their breeding program ensures there is always something new, or newly born, to find on a visit which is well documented on the news section of their website.

A visit to Paignton Zoo is a truly full day out with so much to explore for all ages. Find out more about visiting with admission prices, what’s on and more about you will find at the park at