Paignton is one of Britain's biggest zoos, set in a beautiful and secluded woodland valley, where the enclosures are spacious and naturalistic. Your visit will take you through some of the world's threatened habitats - Forest, Savannah, Wetland and Desert, with hundreds of species, many of them endangered and part of conservation breeding programmes. There are regular keeper talks, a children's play area, a Jungle Express train, and special events throughout the year. Photo credit: Orang utans - Miriam Haas.
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Spacious and naturalistic enclosures set in a secluded woodland valley
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Footpaths have slight gradient, some steep hills
- Facilities: Wheelchair loan-booking essential
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily from 10. Closing times vary
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With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.
Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them.
Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.
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