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English Riviera's Zoo
Paignton Zoo (Devon)
Member Name: emminently
Paignton Zoo (Devon)
Date: 27/07/09, updated on 27/07/09 (46 review reads)
Advantages: Gorgeous coastal location
Disadvantages: Have to walk through the shop to enter/leave which can be expensive
Set in sunny Paignton (in Torbay, aka The English Riviera), there could be no better location for a zoo. This is certainly amongst the best zoos in the country - if not on a world-wide scale. Each year there is something new to look at - this year (2009) saw the birth of three beautiful tiger cubs. Great viewing spots with plenty of space to see them play. See the monkeys swing in a comparitively natural environment, some close enough to touch, although not recommended! There's everything for all ages at this zoo - all my family love it from my 12 month nephew who views from his pushchair to my 78 year old nanna who whizzes around on her mobility scooter (hired from zoo). It is accessible to all. There;s a pretty good, basic restaurant - even better picnic areas which helps cut the cost and is more enjoyable amongst the peacocks and bunny rabbits. Supermarket (Morrisons) right next door - good for buying fresh picnic essentials.
Some parts of the zoo have sea views. Whilst you can spend all day there - it is also in easy reach (2mins drive) from a gorgeous beach and waterpark, (4mins drive from town). Living coasts in Torquay is also worth a visit - and is discounted with your zoo pass.
Entry is £13.60 for adults and £8.80 for children but you can easily make a whole day of it, making it worth the money. Membership is also available which offers free entry anytime once signed up £40.90 / £28.80.
Summary: Well worth a visit
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