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Linton Zoo, Linton

3.8
#7 of 48 in Outdoors in Cambridgeshire
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
With a wealth of rare and exotic wildlife to see including Tigers, Lions, Tapirs, Lemurs, Owls, Parrots, Giant Tortoises, Tarantula Spiders and many others so there is always something exciting to see and do.

The zoo is set in 18 acres of beautiful gardens with plenty of picnic areas. Free parking is within zoo grounds and there are children's play areas for all ages including a picnic area. There is also a coffee shop and gift shop.

Since opening in 1972, the Simmons family has built up a positive world wide reputation for its success with breeding endangered species and is especially respected for its work with animals often regarded as difficult. The zoo is also an important centre for environmental education, programmes on offer attract nursery groups up to University level.
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  • Linton zoo is a great place to take your children. It is not that big but just enough for the children to go explore and see some animals. You can see the lions from less than two meters distance lazi...  more »
  • We went to the zoo because we had received a 'tortoise experience' as a present (although we had previously visited the zoo) We had a most memorable visit. We were hosted by Mikey who made things real...  more »
  • Not a huge zoo that takes hours to get around, you can get really close to most animals, even the big cats. This is a nice way to spend time with the family.  more »
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  • We took a 19 month old yesterday who had her first real-life encounter with zebras and so many other animals. Honestly, I hate zoos and seeing wild animals caged, frankly I would like to see the enclosures made bigger where possible but this zoo really is doing its best for the animals it cares for. They are part of the international breeding programme and are doing their bit for animal conservation, I absolutely support that. At the end of the day, if we support zoos like Linton, they are better able to support animals and save them from becoming endangered. Please try to go, it isn't expensive and it's a lovely day out.
  • It might just be me, but although this may be a ideal place for a day out with younger children. I do feel the areas in which the animals live are not big enough. I personally would not go back as I got quite upset seeing some of the larger animals pacing about in such a small enclosure.
  • This place was WELL worth travelling 55 miles to visit!! This is unlike any zoo I have visited in the U.K.! I am African and these animals are kept in enclosures that are as close to their natural habitat as can be achieved. The enclosures are first and foremost designed for the animals' welfare (the animals don't care if it's "pretty"....it needs to be practical). It's a wintry day and yet all 6 lions were out eating (obviously not missing after all). There is a diverse range of animals to look at. This is a wonderful place to visit for animal enthusiasts....yes it's muddy (funny that with the snow and all) and the animals are not remote controlled so don't hang out in cold weather simply to entertain you....you are visiting their home. We definitely look forward to seeing this place again in spring and summer. Well done to the keepers!!!! Ignore negative reviews and keep up the great work.
  • This is the best zoo i have ever been to, and I've been to many across the country. It is huge, so don't know what people are complaining about. It also has loads of different animals including snow leopards which are beautiful! The staff are a very very friendly bunch who obviously care for the animals. The snake demonstration and bearded dragon demo were very cool and informative. The animals are happy, well looked after and they don't demonstrate usual "zoo" stereotypes such as pacing and hiding. It was also cheap to get in, the facilities are excellent and the lunch area was next to some lemurs. For an extra £10 you can go inside the lemur exhibit! Amazing. 5/5, the BEST zoo. I also spent 5 hours here so don't know why some of these reviews say there's nothing to do. Finally, they have an owl which is extinct in the wild and only 23 remain, which is a fantastic lifetime experience to see. Complainers on here are clearly clueless about animals and have rushed around as quick as they can, savour the animals, read the info and learn something. Again, greatest zoo in the country, i recommend a visit. 5 stars, would give more if i could.
  • a really nice zoo. the paid for experience with the lemurs is well worth the money. Staff very helpful and friendly. lots of parking. Cafe, toilets and a children's play area

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