Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Filby

#4 of 39 in Wildlife in Norfolk
Opened in 1979, this progressive zoo fast became a last refuge for many species. Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is a strong supporter of The World Zoo Conversation Strategy, and the collection was the first to be signed over in entirety to the Joint Management of Species Programme. Observe species such as monkeys, tigers, leopards, crocodiles, snakes, and red pandas. Study the wildfowl from the Lime Tree Lookout, visit the Crocodile House, and try the Tiger Tree Walk high in the trees surrounding the tigers’ enclosure. Try to catch the feeding of the big cats. The rope bridge is a highlight for children. Take a picnic or eat at the cafe. Our Filby trip itinerary planner makes visiting Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens and other Filby attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 21, 2017
    thrigby hall is a great place . great animal attraction and gardens and play area for the kids . all different types of animals from big cats to red panda and otters crocodiles monkeys etc .  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    We went here 10 years ago with our oldest (not with us today) and the place looks as dated as we remember it. That said, this is an excellent little zoo. In the tiger enclosure, one of the cats was as...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    A group of eight of us came here as a joint celebration day out we also came with a seven year old who was mesmerised as to how close he got to the tigers you have a very special zoo which I think is ...  more »
  • I read mixed reviews so went on the assumption it wasn't going to be particularly good. However I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable the visit was. Firstly, it's not in the same league as say Banham Zoo, or any other zoo for that matter. If you expect to see 100's of animals with side shows and masses of educational information, you will be disappointed. Instead it's a great place to stroll around at a leisurely pace, making sure as I did, it's a sunny dry afternoon. Take a picnic and you will spend about 4 hours enjoying the park. The cafe didn't have a huge range on offer but the prices were actually very good for this type of place. The gift shop also was surprisingly good and reasonably priced. The grounds were well kept and the animals seemed to be happy enough. There are some unusual ramps at tree height to get some great views of the tigers and monkeys and you can get surprisingly close to them without endangering yourself. For the entry price (including a printable £1 off per head voucher on the website) it was good value and I believe if the weather is right and schools are not on holiday then you will enjoy it.
  • It's a nice zoo. Not too big but with lots to see and do. The high up, tree top walk is good and the kids loved the play area as well as all the animals. The zoo isn't very expensive either. We had a great time.
  • This is a hidden gem. A perfect day out with kids. Enjoyed walking thru the treetops and seeing the monkeys.
  • We went here for my daughter's 2nd birthday in march. Have to say we weren't happy. There was a group of school children (about 30) that didn't worry us at all. The problem we had was the cafe being closed to the public!!! Why close the cafe for a class of kids? They weren't even in it or near it. We were there at 11.30 till 2.30 and never once saw them using it. The weather was freezing cold and all we wanted was to get our little girl warm. Yes we could use the shop to sit but they didn't offer hot or warm food so my poor girl had to have a cold sandwich and cake. She spent the day in her buggy with 2 coats and blanket. We won't be visiting again we go else where. No other zoo we have visited has ever closed for a class. Corner a part off yes but that was just stupid..
  • Absolutely loved our visit to Thrigby Hall wildlife gardens, amazing wildlife to view, really enjoyed the feeding times, the staff were excellent, knowledgeable and friendly, talked us through the feeding process, the names of the animals, and answered every question asked, the layout is fantastic particularly the tiger walkway, we were there for a good four hours, well worth the entrance fee.

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