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Paignton Zoo’s Top 5 Zoo Hacks for an Unforgettable Visit

With over 2,000 animals and an expansive 80-acre landscape filled with exotic plants, Paignton Zoo in South Devon is a must-visit attraction for the whole family!

As one of Britain’s top zoos and a registered charity, supporting our conservation work is as easy as enjoying a fantastic day out.

To help you make the most of your visit, here are Paignton Zoo’s top 5 zoo hacks:

1. Book Online for Great Savings and Support Conservation Efforts

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For the best prices and to contribute to Paignton Zoo’s vital conservation work, it’s wise to book your tickets online. By adding a gift aid donation that is 10% more than your admission fee, you can help support our conservation efforts, both in the UK and overseas. As a registered charity, we appreciate your generosity.

2. Wear Comfy Shoes for a Full Day of Fun

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With so much to explore, wearing comfortable shoes is highly recommended. Paignton Zoo offers a day filled with excitement, and you’ll certainly get your steps in. Don’t worry about refuelling your adventure because the zoo offers various options, including takeaway kiosks, burger shacks, a pizzeria, and our island restaurant, which provides stunning views of the lake.

3. Download the Zoo Map and Experience the Zoo Memories Trail

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To plan your journey and ensure you don’t miss any of your favourite species, be sure to download the Paignton Zoo map. The map also highlights the locations of the Zoo Memories Trail, introduced in celebration of our centenary year. Take a stroll down memory lane with QR codes placed around the zoo, allowing you to glimpse the zoo’s past.

4. Check Talk Times and Free Activities

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Don’t miss out on learning more about the incredible creatures at Paignton Zoo. Check out our talk times and free activities schedule available. These informative sessions provide a deeper understanding of the animals and their habitats, enhancing your zoo experience.

5. Explore Throughout the Day and Give Animals a Chance to Shine

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Some animals are most active in the morning, while others prefer the afternoon. Certain species love basking in the sunshine, while others seek shelter in the shade. If you haven’t spotted your favourite animal yet, don’t give up. Before you leave, revisit their enclosure. Paignton Zoo prioritizes animal welfare, ensuring our residents have ample space to roam and retreat when they desire privacy.

Plan your visit to Paignton Zoo today!

We open everyday at 10 am, except Christmas Day. Click here for our closing times and last entry details, as they vary throughout the year.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family for an unforgettable experience at Paignton Zoo!