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Paignton Zoo by Bus

20 Aug 2020

PZ With many amazing animals, from red pandas to rhinos and cheetahs to crocodiles, stunning botanical gardens and outdoor play areas, Paignton Zoo has all of the building blocks you need for a fantastic, all-weather family adventure.

This is along with the fact that The Great Big Brick Safari event is in residence at the zoo for rest of 2020! Guests can discover 80 animal creations made from thousands of bricks as they make their way around the 80-acre site, with the help of a trail map. The Great Big Brick Safari is included with zoo admission and all tickets and arrival time slots to visit the zoo have to pre-booked in advance via the Paignton Zoo website.


To ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit, the zoo has implemented a number of Covid-19 safety measures. These include social distancing signage and floor markings, protective screening at contact points, hand sanitiser stations and increased cleaning regimes. For guest safety at this time, a few areas remain closed for now, such as the indoor play area and small indoor animal houses. Full information can be found here: 

During a fun-filled zoo day, guests can look out for their favourite species, big and small, including gorillas, orang-utans, giraffes, lions, tigers, lemurs, flamingos, giant tortoises and be ready for a few surprises along the way too.

There may be times when an animal may not be viewable at the exact time that you visit an exhibit. If an animal is not immediately visible, they could be resting in their off-show area or somewhere out of view in their naturalistic exhibit, so guests are encouraged to make time to pop back later in the day - it will be worth the wait!


To refuel during the day, there are various catering outlets around the site to grab a takeaway drink or snack, including the Island Restaurant in the heart of the zoo. Also situated next to the main entrance is the Living World gift shop, which is stocked full of unique gifts, cuddly toys and branded souvenirs.

Paignton Zoo is a registered conservation and education charity, so as well as enjoying a good day out, guest’s money goes a good cause, supporting education, scientific research and practical conservation around the world. Paignton Zoo supports a number of projects in the UK and overseas that aim to conserve wildlife in the wild, as well as playing a key role in breeding programmes for rare and endangered species.

To keep up to date with the latest news and goings-on at the zoo, why not follow their official social media channels? Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.  

The Stagecoach Golden Hop 122 open-top buses connect much of Torbay with the zoo, with the bus stop located just a short walk from the zoo entrance. The bus service runs seven days a week over the summer.