Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Paignton

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A leafy expanse of land serving as home to a wide range of mammals, reptiles, and bird species, Paignton Zoo Environmental Park maintains a dual personality as both zoo and botanic garden. The prime focus of the facility is education, and with approximately 300 animal species and 1,600 plant species contained in the park, there’s always something new for you to learn about. Find out how to plan Paignton trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • We arrived after the queues had dwindled so no waiting. Fair entry price. Plenty of food and drink places all reasonably priced, so no qualms about the charges. Wheelchair access is good. There is ple...  more »
  • Last year, we visited Marwell Zoo which was a truly dismal zoological visitor experience. Paignton Zoo knocks the proverbial spots off Marwell at much the same entrance fee, so where last year we felt...  more »
  • We had a wonderful day out at Paignton Zoo. The zoo is big and has a wide range of animals and different species. We went when it was raining and it was still a great day out. We booked tickets in adv...  more »
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  • The animals seem to be well cared for in well designed enclosures. There are lots of animals to see, as well as a soft play area and several outdoor play areas. There's also a little train. There is a restaurant and there are plenty of snack/ ice cream outlets dotted around the zoo. There are plenty of toilets too. All in all a great day out with or without children.
  • Great place to visit. Although my visit was during half term and the car parking was nearly full there was plenty of room to walk around and see all the sites. The children enjoyed playing in the parks and looking at the animals. There are plenty of places to sit and rest or eat. The toilets I used were clean and tidy as was the park generally. Seeing animals in a zoo brings mixed emotions. It's sad to see animals confined but at the same time they are undertaking valuable conservation and research to help. My child was given a meerkat feeding experience as a present, but unfortunately it scared her. They are ferocious little things. She was feeding meal worms to them. Their lively nature together with worms going into her gloves was too much for her. I would think carefully about buying one of the animal experiences. Coming face to face is different to the cute cuddly idea people may have when giving these experiences as gifts to children. That said we enjoyed a full day here.
  • Fab zoo, I really enjoy it here. Loads to see and do and can easily spend the whole day there. Animals seem happy and well looked after. Some of the staff were miserable (some fantastic too) but thankfully was not there to see them!
  • Brilliant zoo with plenty for everyone to do. It's quite hilly in places but very interesting and we enjoyed the fact we had to walk around the wooded areas in order to see the most exciting animals. Food was great value and really lovely. 5 huge ice creams cost less than £10 and two kids lunchboxes plus 3 delicious cream teas were just over £20. All the staff were friendly. As a regular visitor of our closest zoo (Bristol) which is super expensive for food and drinks this was a pleasant surprise. The gift shop is lovely too and was very reasonably priced. It all made for a really lovely day out with our children.
  • We've taken the kids on many a day trip to various zoos, wildlife parks etc. Paignton zoo had more than enough to keep them interested. 5 hours they walked round looking and enjoying every single second. Fantastic family day out with a well looked after and cared for environment for some fantastic animals. Highly recommended :)

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A room near the harbor provides a view over the water. However, a historical cottage outside the town center may be the ideal getaway. A cottage offers seclusion, within walking distance of the town's main attractions.
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