The park is edged all around by trees sheltering it away from the town and, once inside, you can walk around the meadow and woodland and feel removed from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The meadow gives the park its name as it comes from the term ‘prime lea’ or ‘best meadow’ and, not so long ago, horses were grazed here. One of the best times of year to visit the woods is in the spring when the bluebells and wild garlic carpet the ground, lit by the dappled sunlight.
Primley Park was once the extended garden of Paignton Zoo's founder, Herbert Whitley and first opened its gates as a public open space in 1995. Since then it has become a very popular place for those seeking more natural surroundings in the middle of Paignton.