When are you open?
We're open every day from 10.00 am, except for Christmas Day.
For a full list of closure times, please click below
How do we get there?
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 near to Morrisons supermarket. The postcode is TQ4 7EU.
You can also find directions to the Zoo here www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/plan-your-visit/find-us.
Where can we park?
The Zoo has free parking for 1,110 cars on site and an overflow car park is a short walk away.
There are designated disabled bays located on the first level of the car park and visitors can be dropped outside and collected from the main Zoo entrance.
Is there disabled access?Yes, the only areas not suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters are our natural trail, wobbly bridge and outdoor play areas. We do have steps in certain areas of the zoo however there are alternative routes to avoid them.Certain paths around the zoo are steeper than others – our two steepest paths are heading up to the Giraffes and heading up to the Red Panda.Our Island Restaurant, shops and all exhibits are all accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.If not given one, please ask on arrival for one of our free-of-charge mobility maps showing the different path gradients around the zoo so you can plan your best route.The majority of our paths are tarmacked – other paths are crushed and rolled stoneWe also have 29 disabled park spaces, a drop-off/collection point as well as mobility scooters and wheelchairs to hire.
What proof is accepted for a disabled concession?We accept any of the below:
Disability living allowance letter
P.I.P payment award documentationFor more information on our disability concessions ticket, please see www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/plan-your-visit/accessibility
Is there an admission charge for carers?
Visitors with disabilities (paying full price admission) may admit one accompanying carer free of charge.
Please bring relevant proof of entitlement such as a Disability Living Allowance letter, Blue Badge or P.I.P payment award documentation.
What is the age for a senior ticket/annual pass?
The minimum age for a senior admission ticket or annual pass to the Zoo is 60 years of age.
What happens if I don't have my student card?
You are still able to get a student ticket concession if you have the NUS or UNiDAYS app that shows both your photo and expiry date.
Can I bring a group to the Zoo?
Yes absolutely; groups of 15 or more can benefit from discounted entry prices.
To find out more or look at prices please click here.
Can I hire a mobility scooter?We are pleased to offer visitors the free use of a manual wheelchair. A returnable deposit of £20.00 is required. Alternatively, we have a limited number of electric scooters which can be hired for £10.00 plus a returnable deposit of £20.00. Please telephone the Zoo on 01803 697500 to ensure that they are available – we do recommend booking your scooter a week in advance during busy periods to avoid disappointment.For more information about scooter hire, please see below:
www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/plan-your-visit/accessibilityPlease note: You must be over 16 to hire an electric scooter
Can I bring my dog?
The following dogs are welcome when accompanied by and under the control of their owners:
- Registered Disability Support Dogs
- Registered Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
- Registered Guide Dogs for the Blind
- Registered Disability Assistance Dogs
- Registered Medical Assistance Dogs
- Registered Seizure Alert Dogs
To ensure the safety and welfare of the public, staff and animals on the premises, assistance dogs must:
- Wear their respective identifying jackets
- Carry their Environmental Health Card
- Carry their Identification Cards.
Please note that the wearing of identifying jackets and the carrying of the Environmental Health and Identification Cards form part of the regulations for all Registered and Trained Support Dogs in the United Kingdom. Also, any assistance/support dog that enter the zoo must be working, dogs which are trained but are not working are not permitted in the zoo.
We regret that we are unable to allow dogs into the Zoo unless fully trained. We are however happy to accommodate dogs undergoing training in the main foyer, reception and gift shop area. Training is a part of the process when a dog is becoming a registered assistance/support dog. To find out more information about training and where your nearest training program is being held, please contact Assistance Dogs UK.
Can I bring my bike in?
Bicycles are not allowed within the Zoo. However there is a bike rack that is free to use, please ask staff where to store bikes safely.
Visitors travelling to the Zoo by a sustainable form of transport will receive a discount on the entry price on production of a valid travel ticket, if applicable (not valid with any other discounted offer).
Can I hold my party/wedding/event at the Zoo?
Unfortunately not – we currently do not have function facilities available at the Zoo.
Can I hire a room for a corporate meeting?
Unfortunately not - we cannot accommodate corporate meetings here at the Zoo.
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.
Is there a cash point?
Yes, there is a cash point in our Island Restaurant. There is a small charge for use.
Where can we eat?
We have a wide variety of options to choose from, ranging from our Island Restaurant to cabins located in convenient locations around the Zoo.
We're committed to protecting wildlife so you can be sure that our food and drink is ethically and locally sourced whenever possible.
For more detailed information about our eateries, please click here
Can I bring a picnic?
Yes, we have lots of picnic benches throughout the zoo as well as an indoor picnic area and indoor lunch room.
We do ask that you please do not bring food and drink from outside into our Island Restaurant.
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.
Can I return to my car during my visit?
Yes, just get your hand stamped at Gate 5 before you leave for re-entry.
Can I smoke?
To ensure the enjoyment of our diverse range of guests visiting the zoo every year, we have taken a balanced approach with our smoking policy which considers the welfare, needs and preferences of both our guests and animals in the zoo.
Smoking is not permitted in outdoor queuing areas, food & drink outlets or picnic areas. We also ask for smokers to be considerate of other guests and to follow smoking restrictions shown on signs throughout the zoo. We also request for you not to smoke at talks or during animal feeds.
Our smoking policy also extends to include vaping and e-cigarettes.
Do you have lockers or storage facilities?
Yes, we have lockers just inside the front entrance of the Zoo – lockers accept £1 coins .
Do you have play areas?
Yes, we have several outdoor play areas in the Zoo as well as our indoor play area Jungle Fun. Parents and guardians are required to supervise children in their care whilst in these facilities at all times.
When are the animals fed?
All of our animals have different feeding and diet plans, so are fed are different times during the day. You can see some of our animals being fed as part of the daily talks.
To see what talks are currently on please visit www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/plan-your-visit/whats-on.
Can I volunteer at the Zoo?
For information about volunteering here at Paignton Zoo, please see our volunteering page
Can I do my work experience at the Zoo?
For information about work experience here at Paignton Zoo, please see our work experience page below
Can we feed or hold the animals?To give our animals the most natural life possible, and for their welfare, we do not handle the majority of our animals. You can however get closer to some of our friendlier animals in The Ranch.Animal experiences are also available for several species at the Zoo, including Giraffes, Rhinos and Giant Tortoises. You can also get close and go behind the scenes with our Vet Experience and Keeper Experience.To find out more information on our experiences visit www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/support-us/gifts-experiences.
Can I adopt an animal?
Yes, there are over 10 animals which you can adopt. For more information about adopting an animal, please see www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/support-us/adopt-an-animal.
Will you donate a prize for our charity event?
If you would like to request prize tickets for a charity event, please contact us on the below link by selecting ‘Raffle Ticket Request.’
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