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Dartmoor Zoological Park

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Sparkwell, Sparkwell PL7 5DG, England
+44 1752 837645
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A Great Day

Mr Mee his family and his fantastic keepers have an intimate zoo which is well worth a visit if you... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kelly7019
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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Amazing day out

Clearly well loved animals. Plenty of helpful and informative staff and volunteers. personally I... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Small friendly wildlife park/zoo on edge of Dartmoor featured on BBC TV series and the home of Hollywood movie, We Bought A Zoo starring Matt Damon.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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“big cats” (123 reviews)
“feeding times” (20 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Sparkwell, Sparkwell PL7 5DG, England
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+44 1752 837645
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"big cats"
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"falconry display"
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"feeding times"
in 20 reviews
"animals seem"
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"disabled parking"
in 19 reviews
"large enclosures"
in 14 reviews
"lions and tigers"
in 20 reviews
"picnic area"
in 23 reviews
"bigger zoos"
in 14 reviews
"london zoo"
in 13 reviews
"beautiful animals"
in 15 reviews
"answer questions"
in 12 reviews
"ticket office"
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"car park"
in 52 reviews
"value for money"
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"fantastic zoo"
in 15 reviews
"plenty of space"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Mr Mee his family and his fantastic keepers have an intimate zoo which is well worth a visit if you love animals.The big cats were so close for viewing and have a great space.i chatted to one of the lovely keepers who was monitoring one...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Clearly well loved animals. Plenty of helpful and informative staff and volunteers. personally I loved the big cats and those meerkats are super amusing. The Jaguar restaurant is huge and very popular, the food was served fast and was good value.

Thank Lindsay F
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Very true - well loved animals indeed. We all have our favourites! Animal Adoptions are available on our web site - good pressies for someone with a particular favourite.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great day out and thoroughly enjoyable. Very friendly and knowledgeable keepers who are clearly passionate about all they do. Would highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in animals and the work required in caring for them. Decent selection of food and snacks. Zoo...More

Thank peterbulgarelli
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Really glad to hear you enjoyed your Big Cat Keeper Experience Day - thanks for the feedback.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The owners have clearly worked hard to turn around this attraction. I was incredibly impressed by the knowledge and friendliness of the staff, and managed to see every one of the creatures except the fox and bear (who must have been enjoying an afternoon nap)....More

Thank Steven G
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

It sounds like you have really made the most of your day here. We have an annual membership scheme which might suit you if you intend to keep coming back to see us. There are details on our web site or give us a call.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived at the zoo...well its a sad sad place....overgrown ..poorly maintained ...could not see in the enclosures for overgrown plants ...paid £25 to see nothing very unhappy and disappointed..... paid for food in the restaurant which cost £15 for 2 burger and chips ...drinks too...More

Thank Raymond W
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

I don't know how you can have 'seen nothing'. We have the largest collection of Big Cats in the south west - tigers, lions, cheetah, lynx and Chincha our stunning jaguar. We have 2 hands-on sessions in our reptile and amphibian section. We have animal...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have wanted to go back for years - years ago before Mr Mee (of I bought a Zoo fame) took it over it was absolutely disgusting I live not far away and constantly heard terrible stories. Anyway eventually I got there - I was quite...More

Thank Kathy0713
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a shame you don't live closer so you could volunteer - we take volunteers in 3 different departments here and there is information on our web site if anyone is thinking they might be interested. Seeing the tigers in their moat is a wonderful...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dartmoor Zoo, visited 28 May 2018. Brilliant day out!! Worth traveling 2 and a half hours to get to. We have visited quite a few zoos but this was by far the most relaxing zoo, even on a sunny bank holiday day and busy with...More

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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you! It sounds like you made the most of your day here and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent day out. Nestled on the edge of dartmoor this is well worth the ten min drive from the A38.

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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I can't add to that! Thank you!!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After watching the dvd “we bought a zoo” we thought we’d take our children ages 9 and 14 to visit. We were very disappointed. A cost of £42 to get in and 1.5 hrs later we were heading home. The zoo seemed unkempt, scruffy in...More

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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are sorry that you didn't stay and listen to more of the the animal talks - did you see the big cat feed? This varies from day to day between our tigers, lions, cheetah, jaguar and lynx. We have the biggest collection of big...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful zoo! You get to see the animals very close up, and hearing the wolves howl back to the keeper sent shivers down our spines. There's a surprisingly diverse selection of animals considering the size of the zoo (I've never seen a bear...More

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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and we're so glad you all enjoyed your day out.

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CarolineHudson1982
4 June 2018|
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Response from DartmoorZoo | Property representative |
Hi, Yes we do birthday parties for 2 year olds that can include a Close Encounters session for them. If you'd like to give us a call we can have a chat about the options. Also, there are 2 public Close Encounter sessions a... More
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Vicki F
23 May 2018|
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Response from DartmoorZoo | Property representative |
Hi, No sorry dogs are not allowed and this includes the car park. There is information on our web site about 'dogs in cars'. Thanks
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gillfranklin
27 October 2017|
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Response from Samsaying | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Although the paths are more natural eg: loose stones and Sticks, some parts would be a bumpy ride, also very hilly.
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