Group visits

Group visits

Interested in bringing a group of 15 or more to Paignton Zoo? Passionate about exotic animals? Love plants or domestic wildlife? Then look no further.

At Paignton Zoo we welcome groups of all sizes, big or small and we can cater for your needs treating you with the individual care you deserve.

There are numerous benefits to visiting Paignton Zoo including:

  • Discounted entry prices
  • Tailor made visits to suit your group
  • A dedicated Group Sales Co-ordinator
  • Free coach parking
  • Drop-off and pick-up point outside the main entrance
  • Free entry and meal for the driver
  • Familiarisation visit prior to your visit
School Visits

For more information about school visits please go to the Learning Zone, or you can contact the Education Department on 0844 474 2224.

Suggested visits

We have some tried and tested visits which we can recommend or we can tailor a tour to suit your requirements. There is an extra charge for these visits, please contact us for further details.

Unique Garden Safaris

Paignton Zoo is home to over 2,500 fascinating plants and flowers mimicking the natural landscape of the animals. Join one of our knowledgeable gardeners on a unique Garden Safari at a length of your choice to learn more about our stunning botanical gardens:

Safari 1: Natural habitats - fairly flat, duration 1-2 hours

Begin in the Brookside Aviary examining the woodland areas and continue to the wetlands to see the Mediterranean Garden.

Highlights include: use of native plant species to re-create natural habitats, swamp cypress, Chusan fan palm, Banksia, Chilean wine palm, protea and culinary herbs.

Safari 2: Gardens - some hills, duration 1½ - 2½ hours

Be guided through our Reptile Tropics, the Desert House, Mediterranean Garden, Economic Garden, Monkey Heights, Medicinal Garden and Baboon Rock.

Highlights include: history of the Zoo as a botanical garden, Chusan fan palm, gunnera, banana, cocoa, cycad, giant bamboo, agave, aloe, cacti, pagoda tree, apothecary's rose, foxglove tree, the Japanese raisin tree and ginkgo.

Short stay visits

Short for time? We can tailor a visit so that your group sees their personal highlights.

You can enjoy a delicious lunch or local cream tea in our Island Restaurant where you might even catch a glimpse of our resident gibbons. If you have a spare morning or afternoon, take a stroll around our lake in the Forest zone to see the orang utans and gorillas; through the Tropics to see colourful reptiles and birds, up to our Savannah zone to meet the giraffes, black rhinos and elephant and you might even have time to spot the cheetahs and red pandas along the way.

Just tell us what you'd like to see and we'll recommend the best route for you.

Evening Badger Watch

Looking for something different to do one evening? With a specially built viewing hide you can visit us after dusk to try and spot some native badgers. One clan occupies this main viewing site and when visitors leave they begin their night-time feeding and socialising activities. You can view these magnificent creatures with the aid of artificial moonlight.

Click here for more details about the Badger Watch

For further information or to make a group booking, please telephone 0844 474 2225.

What You Say
I can honestly say that Paignton Zoo is an amazing day out for anyone and would highly recommend it.
I loved every minute; I especially loved the rhinos and elephant. An amazing day!
Nice day out for all the family, as children only see most animals on TV. Very good experience! Thanks.