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Curraghs Wildlife Park, Ballaugh

(3.9/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
Curraghs Wildlife Park is a wildlife park in The Curraghs (also known as the Ballaugh Curraghs), an area of wetland in the north-west of the Isle of Man.The park is owned by the Isle of Man Government and administered through the Manx Department of Tourism and Leisure.HistoryThe park was founded in 1963, through the Manx “Curraghs Acquisition Act”, the Isle of Man Government purchasing approximately of land to be divided between as a reserve and as a wildlife park. The 26acre park was formally opened by the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, Sir Ronald Garvey on 23 July 1965. It consists of approximately 100 primarily wetland species from around the world in walk-through enclosures.of the park remains undeveloped to display a variety of habitats such as bogs, Molinia grasslands, open water peat diggings, birch woodland and hay meadows. Nature trails run through this area with signeage describing the ecology and history, comprising a nature trail, tree top trail and butterfly trail.
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  • Unlike most zoos where animals were kept strictly in cages, some animals here can move quite freely that you can even see mammals and birds of notable sizes on the pavement. There is also a great natu...  more »
  • Living on the Isle of Man, this is a great place to take young kids. But we didn't realise, until we had family with little kids from UK stay with us, that they said it was very good value for money c...  more »
  • Visited the Wildlife park today and we had a good day. Love all the new construction and renovation work. Still feel that the fishing cat is bored and just walks in a figure of eight!! Joined the rest...  more »
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  • The park has a good restaurant that does generous meals, sandwiches, drinks and burgers. The animals are in spacious enclosures that recreate their natural habitat. There are walk through enclosures that offer the visitor a wide range of experiences with the animals rather than looking at them in a cage. The staff at the park always have a smile on their face and are happy to help. The park is well sign posted off of the main road and is well worth a visit.
  • Much improved from last visit many years ago. 15 month old boy had a great time.
  • Staff at the cafe are always so nice and helpful! Full of smiles, we were here on a busy lunch hour and were informed there would be a wait on our food. Once we got it we got asked if everything was okay! So sweet, love the animals
  • Great for families, and quiet on the Saturday that we visited.
  • Plenty for the kids to do - not just animals to look at!