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Paignton Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals and countless amazing plants across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds, you’re in for an inspirational day out at Paignton Zoo!

Located in Devon, Paignton Zoo is one of the South West’s most exciting visitor attractions. It’s a place to roam, discover, learn and get in touch with nature.

A registered charity and support a number of projects in the UK and overseas that aim to conserve wildlife and protect rare and endangered species.

Come rain or shine, Paignton Zoo is a great place to visit for all the family, and you’ll need a full day to see it all!

The Animals & Plants

From gorillas to giraffes, rhinos to red pandas and flamingos to frogs, Paignton Zoo is home to dozens of different animal and plant species for you to discover.

All of our animals live in natural-themed exhibits and we are passionate about conserving them and their wild habitats for future generations. Paignton Zoo is also proud to be a registered botanical garden that houses many amazing plants.

Days Out in Devon

Both fun and educational for all ages, Paignton Zoo is one of the most thrilling visitor attractions in Devon, offering a fantastic day out!

If you’re looking for something to do in Devon when the weather is wet, we’ve got rainy day entertainment sorted too, with many indoor exhibits, covered seating and viewing areas and soft play (for children under 12). Paignton Zoo is in an easy to reach South Devon location and also offers the opportunity to discover dozens of wonderful species, catering outlets, outdoor play areas and benefit from free on-site parking.

As part of Wild Planet Trust, conservation is at the heart of what we do, and by visiting us you will be contributing towards our vital work for wildlife and wild places, in the UK and beyond.

We have a number of events that are running throughout 2024 please click here to find out more

Paignton Zoo focuses on making a difference where it matters, and encouraging as many people as possible to join them in doing so. From their two zoos and the reserves, and the field projects to the advocacy campaigns, they are here to achieve a vision where everyone can join in building a world rich in wildlife and wild places.

Paignton Zoo is part of Wild Planet Trust. The Trust was established in 2019; however, their work as a registered education, scientific and conservation charity goes back to 1957, with the formation of the Herbert Whitley Trust (later to become the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust).

Although based in Devon, the work has a truly global impact, as they strive to achieve their vision through their field projects, and by inspiring their guests that visit the zoos and reserves.

Visit the Paignton Zoo website here

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Paignton Zoo Membership

You can Gift Aid your membership at no extra cost. This helps our valuable conservation work.
Please note: Memberships are valid for 12 months and will start from the date of purchase. Once you have bought your membership, you will receive a confirmation email with your PZ number(s) to use to book your visits online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many animals do they have at Paignton Zoo?

Paignton Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals and countless amazing plants across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds, you’re in for an inspirational day out at Paignton Zoo!

Do you have baby changing facilities?

Yes, we have several baby changing facilities located throughout the zoo. Our largest baby changing facility is located in our Island Restaurant – the majority of our disabled toilets also have baby changing facilities.

Do you take debit or credit cards?

Yes, we accept all major debit and credit cards other than American Express. There is no charge for their use.

How do we get to the zoo?

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 next to Morrisons supermarket. The postcode is TQ4 7EU. Find find directions to the zoo here.

Routes 22 and Stagecoach Gold buses all stop by or near the zoo. For more information please visit

How can we secure the best prices?

To secure choice of date and best price, visitors are strongly advised too book admission tickets online.

Online prices are not available at the tills.

Please see our full list of prices here.

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Brilliant – Me and a friend booked a Giraffe experience and we’re not disappointed! Bryan was so knowledgeable and gave us the best experience to come up close with a Giraffe, you can tell they are well loved and looked after. We then went around the rest of the zoo and loved it, the red pandas were our favourite. I think this zoo is fantastic for all ages and I would go again! I definitely recommend.

Eve November 2022

Fabulous Zoo and environmental work. Visited on a quiet Tuesday in Dec and the zoo wasn’t busy and enjoyed a leisurely walk around the animals and were able to take our time and read the additional information the zoo provides on the status of the animals in the wild. Fabulous to see a successful breeding programme reaping the benefits of gorgeous babies. The habitats were good and well established. The landscaping around the zoo added to the well thought out routes to follow. Zoo staff were very evident busy looking after their animals.

fmurr Sunderland Dec. 2022

Great Keepers! – We visited the zoo on a very wet and wild November morning. We arrived at 10am when the zoo opens and walked the paths in a figure of eight pattern. Many of the enclosures were closed or the animals had been moved. The lions had not yet arrived from their old home, and some walkways were closed due to the weather. Despite this, the zoo is in great shape and the animals seem very happy and well cared for. It’s a good size zoo with plenty of little shops/refreshments available when the weather is good. It’s also quite hilly so beware you will feel your legs in the morning! We came across several keepers at different points and each time they offered some tidbits of information about the animals and the species. There was a outbreak of a an flu here amongst the animals and there are plenty of measures in place but these are well signposted and not difficult to adhere to. Wonderful zoo I’d recommend!

The Mills Twins Nov. 2022

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