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Dartmoor Zoological Park

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Sparkwell, Sparkwell PL7 5DG, England
+44 1752 837645
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Fantastic zoo!

We went to Dartmoor zoo today and it was absolutely fantastic! All the animals look extremely... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lewis C
via mobile
Amazing day out

Me and my mum decided to visit for my birthday, we spent a lovely day visiting the animals who... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
brownsarah92
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Boscastle, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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“small zoo” (63 reviews)
“big cat” (14 reviews)
“animals seem” (21 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Sparkwell, Sparkwell PL7 5DG, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Dartmoor zoo today and it was absolutely fantastic! All the animals look extremely healthy and well looked after, all the enclosures are good and can’t wait to see what they do to the wolf enclosure when then make it bigger! I love...More

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

We're glad you had such a good day out here. Mr Pickles our fallow deer is such a favourite with lots of people! He does like those scratches behind the ear as you say.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me and my mum decided to visit for my birthday, we spent a lovely day visiting the animals who unlike some reviews weren't at all distressed or bored. They were all well kept. we got to hold a stick insect in the close encounters and...More

Thank brownsarah92
DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

What a lovely way to spend the day out with your Mum. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had heard of the film 'We bought a zoo' sadly not seen but will now. Whilst looking for places to visit on the internet before going to Brixham in Devon, places to visit came up with Dartmoor Zoo. So as not to far to...More

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

Thank you for all your comments and we're so glad you had such a good day here. I will pass on your comments about being hard to find - we do pay to have leaflets distributed but maybe not enough! Ditto for AA Road signs!!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had been given this zoo keeper experience as a gift from Work and it was absolutely amazing!! We loved every minute of it. We started with the vervet monkeys, feeding and cleaning out their enclosure. Then onto the raccoon Mapache, she was so friendly...More

Thank jules1311
DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We couldn't have written a better review if we'd done it ourselves so a big THANK YOU. We're really glad you had such a memorable and interesting day here. If anyone is reading this who would like to have the same experience, there are details...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little zoo. Can tell that the park keepers really care for the animals. Needs and little work around the park but such a nice visit. It’s the first time I have been here. Cafe located near the entrance. Easy to walk round. The park...More

Thank ISAACDCRDA
DartmoorZoo, Office Manager at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're glad you had such a good time. All our feeding times are on the map which you hopefully received when you paid - if not, our apologies. We hope you come back to see us soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A big car park. Friendly welcome on the gate. A long walk up to the zoo but lots of animals to see and information and fun facts on route. All animals seemed happy and had lots of space. We were lucky to see the lions...More

Thank Gill G
DartmoorZoo, Office Manager at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're glad you had such a good day here. Just for other people to know - we do have a disabled car park at the top of the hill beside the restaurant so the walk up isn't obligatory. Our animal enrichment is good to witness...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I were here yesterday for the above experience. OMG the day was fabulous. We had Alex as our teacher and guide for the day. He is so passionate about the big cats and his passion and enthusiasm were not only infectious but...More

Thank Lynnypoohs
DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so glad you have such a memorable experience here. I will make sure that Alex, Ruth and Ben all get to see this review. For anyone stuck for a Christmas gift idea, the Big Cat Experience is one of many that we offer...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited during half term and had a lovely full day we arrived just after 10 and stayed till zoo closed at 4pm, we attended most of the talks/close encounters which paced the day really nicely and the staff and volunteers were really enthusuastic and...More

Thank jamesb72
DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed a full and fun day here at the Zoo. We often put video clips on our Facebook page of animal enrichment so if you want to see some before your next visit...

Reviewed 4 November 2017

We loved the large enclosures for the animals, and the fact that they are allowed privacy. This, of course, meant that we did not see some of the animals, which we felt was positive in itself. Contrary to some reviews, none of the animals seemed...More

Thank mrmoo2017
DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

We very much appreciate your comments - thank you - and look forward to welcoming you back to the Zoo another day.

Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

On a late October afternoon we experienced a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours at this zoo. Nice place.....

Thank Barry H
DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you! We're glad you had a lovely time and look forward to welcoming you back another day.

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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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Dawn S
3 March 2017|
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Response from JIMIGOTHS | Reviewed this property |
the grey wolves are in a quarantine area, which they will be located in time. the other wolves, there are three wolves in one enclosure, which have an opening to larger grounds, they have complete freedom of these two... More
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Davs96
22 February 2017|
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Response from JIMIGOTHS | Reviewed this property |
it can take about an hour to walk around whole zoo, but I tend to spend lots of time at one enclosure, so you can take as long as you require.
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