Lots To Do At Paignton Zoo
Just a short ten minute drive from Galmpton Touring Park, Paignton Zoo has the biggest collection of animals in the South West. There is everything from anacondas to zebras. Some of the animals are on the critically endangered list such as the Eastern Bongo, the Bactrian Camel, the Sulawesi Crest Macaque, and the Red-Necked Ostrich.
There are several difference habitats around the 80 acres of the Paignton Zoo property. Giraffes, rhino, elephant and zebra roam around the savannah and great apes, big cats and monkeys live in the forest area. There is a steamy rainforest with anaconda, poison dart frogs and the smallest crocodile in the world.
You can be there at feeding time for some of the animals and on the weekend there are frequent presenter talks where keepers talk about the animals’ behaviour and let you watch the animals at feeding time. The King of Zoos is more than just a place to see animals. It also has an Education Centre and research facilities. You can hire space for weddings, business events, and private functions.
You won’t go hungry. The Island Restaurant serves breakfast, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. It is open from 10am until half an hour before closing time. Next to it is the licensed Café Bar. There are assorted other places to get a snack with kiosks serving ice cream, fast food and hot and cold drinks.
The Zoo opens at 10am daily except for Christmas Day and closing times vary depending on the time of the year. Currently, the last entrant is allowed in at 4pm. The Zoo closes at 5pm. You can get to the Zoo from A3022 Totnes Road. It is a mile from Paignton town centre. Just follow the brown tourist signs marked with an elephant and Zoological Gardens. You will find it near Morrisons supermarket (but don’t park there, that parking is for their customers only).
You might want to consider other forms of travel to the zoo. It is easy to get to the Zoo by train or bus. The train stops at Paignton and Torquay where you can take a bus to the Zoo. There is First Western National services that will take you to the Zoo. Route 66 runs from Brixham to Torquay and goes by the Zoo. Stagecoach Routes 22, 66 and Stagecoach Gold stop at or near the zoo. If you are inclined to cycle to the Zoo, there is a free secure bike rack outside the main entrance.
While the Zoo is considered reasonably wheelchair and pushchair friendly, the terrain is not always easily traversed by wheelchairs. A manual wheelchair is available for free but requires a deposit. You can rent an electric scooter (if you are over 16) for £5.
Paignton Zoo is a conservation and education charity and if you want to give a donation as part of your admission fee, the prices are adults £15.95, child from 3-15 £11.50, child under 3 free, senior citizens and student £13.45, and the family rate for two adults and two children is £50.15.
If you don’t want to donate, the entrance fee is adult £14.45, child £10.45, senior citizen and student £12.20 and family £45.55.
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