Best South Devon Zoos, Torquay, South Devon

Best South Devon Zoos, Torquay, South Devon

You could spend your entire holiday in South Devon visiting zoos, wildlife centres and farms. We list the best below.


South Devon

Living CoastsWander around the waterfront area of Torquay and you'll see a distinctive construction of netting hung from a metal framework. This is the superb coastal zoo Living Coasts. It's a great family day out.

Paignton Zoo. Major Devon wildlife attraction on the outskirts of Paignton in The English Riviera.

Dartmoor Zoo. Located between the south border of Dartmoor National Park and the South Devon coastline.

Shaldon Zoo. Situated on the edge of the pretty South Devon village Shaldon which overlooks the Teign Estuary to Teignmouth.

Plymouth National Marine Aquarium. Brilliant marine aquarium overlooking the Plymouth Sound.

Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies. Compact yet brilliant. On the edge of Buckfastleigh by the South Devon Railway. Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is at the east end of the railway.

Pennywell Farm. Top family attraction near Buckfastleigh and the south east border of Dartmoor National Park.


South Devon nature reserves

Exe Estuary RSPB Nature Reserves. Amazing cluster of nature reserves along the Exe Estuary.

Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve. Impressive reserve at the mouth of the Exe Estuary.

Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. Beautiful setting by the shingle beach Slapton Sands. Plenty of bird hides from which to watch the local wildlife.

Berry Head National Nature Reserve. Located by Brixham overlooking Tor Bay and Start Bay.



Dartmoor Zoo. Beyond the south border of Dartmoor and close to Plymouth and the South Devon coast.

Dartmoor is famous for its ponies. They move so it's difficult to be precise as to locations but you'll usually find some in the Haytor Rocks area which is very easily accessible from South Devon.

The Miniature Pony Centre. Mini ponies near Moretonhampstead.

Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies. Located in Buckfastleigh at the west end of the South Devon Railway. Take a trip on the railway to visit Totnes Rare Breeds Farm.

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm. At the east end of the South Devon Railway.


Dartmoor nature reserves

East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve. England's first National Nature Reserve in the east section of Dartmoor near the National Park gateway town Bovey Tracey and the iconic tor Haytor Rocks.

Black-a-Tor Copse National Nature Reserve. Once featured on the BBC's 'Secret Britain' programme, Black-a-Tor Copse is one of the 'best examples in Britain of high altitude oak woodland'. Located below High Willhays which is the highest point on Dartmoor and in southern England.

Wistman's Wood National Nature Reserve. Dartmoor's most famous wood is in the heart of the National Park near Two Bridges and Two Bridges Hotel.