Paignton-Zoo-hotel-torquayPaignton Zoo, located just a 10 minute drive from the centre of Paignton, is a wildlife conservation area with animals ranging from the Anaconda to the Zebra with many, many in between including Lions, baby Giraffe, Orang-utan & Crocodiles, Pelicans, Macaw & the great African Elephant to name but a few.

The admission fee, which can be upgraded to a ‘Zooper’ ticket that includes admission to Living Coasts (see below) is just £14.15 for an adult ticket (£21.00 upgraded), £9.95 for children (£14.25 upgraded), £11.70 for senior citizens (£16.80 upgraded) or £44.50 (£61.25) for a family of 4, 2 adults & 2 children.

The Zoo is a member of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust and the British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA), which relates to the conservation and research work in hand, which is easily accessed throughout the zoo at various information points.

Paignton Zoo is also classed as a Botanical Garden, which is not only renowned for its animal-based conservation, but also has an extensive plant collection from around the planet. The Zoo has themed gardens, including the Economic Garden that features plants we use for fuel, food, clothing etc. and the self-explanatory Medicinal Garden.

The Zoo boasts its own restaurant overlooking Gibbon Island and is perfect for main meals with indoor or outdoor seating or there is a fully-licensed bar stocking a good selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Both are open all day, all year round.

There are lots of indoor attractions, with many of the animals enclosed in warm buildings featuring lush, steamy rainforests or the heat and humidity of the Crocodile Swamp or the covered boardwalk which leads to the restaurant so even if it starts raining, there is still plenty to do and see.

Events happen all year round too, with things like an Ape & Cake evening coming up in June 2014, or a sponsored walk in July.

There is an indoor Jungle Fun play area for the children to let off steam or explore the Discovery Centre that has lots of fun and exciting activities for children and adults alike! Top all this off with over 2,000 animals, the Living World Gift Shop and all-weather entertainment, Paignton Zoo is one of the most-visited attractions in Torbay.


Temporary Closure until 30th April – COVID 19 

In line with government advice about avoiding non-essential travel, and the increased risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, it is with great sadness that we must announce that Balmoral will temporarily close.

The closure will initially be until Thursday 30th April 2020 inclusive. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take advice from the appropriate authorities, and we will only reopen when it is clear that it is safe to do so. If this means that we have to extend the closure beyond 30th April, we will ensure we update you.

What this means is that we will now have to defer all bookings for anyone who was planning to visit us during this closure period.

Rebook for a future date: We very much look forward to the day when all of this is over and we can welcome you back to the Balmoral – With this in mind, we are looking upon this as a postponement, not a cancellation. We very much hope you will want to postpone your holiday and rearrange it for a later date. You can therefore move your booking to any available date this year, we will retain your deposit to be used against this amended booking. If you elect to move your booking to a date with a different seasonal rate, we will need to charge you the new rate, which may be higher or lower, depending on which season you choose.

If you have booked with a voucher then we can move your booking to another off-peak period – which will now be the Autumn. (October onwards) 

 We appreciate that this will be disappointing news for all those who enjoy staying with us,  We would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and support in these exceptional circumstances .

If you have a another date you would like to transfer your booking to please email us at 

 We will only be taking a limited number of calls during this time. 

Please stay safe everyone and we are looking forward very much to the day, when we can throw open our doors to you all and welcome you back into the warmth and comfort of Balmoral  And when we do, we can assure you that it will be a time to remember