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Dartmoor Zoological Park, Sparkwell
(3.6/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
Experience wild animals in 13 hectares (33 acres) of Devon countryside at Dartmoor Zoological Park. The family-owned zoo is home to over 100 species of animals, birds, and insects, and provided inspiration for the 2011 film "We Bought a Zoo." Visit the largest collection of big cats in the region, or participate in a public feeding session and handling. Have lunch at the restaurant for a freshly prepared meal and views of the surrounding countryside and animal enclosures. Put Dartmoor Zoological Park into our Sparkwell vacation route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Had a great time at Dartmoor Zoo, all the staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgable, the animals all looked stimulated and happy and there is such a fantastic collection and family vibe. 
  • Enjoyable experience of a zookeeper for the day, and saw behind the scenes. All the animals we saw were well cared for, and the staff really put the effort in to make the day enjoyable. Great place. 
  • A fantastic zoo with lots of different animals and lots of interaction with the staff, however London or Chester it is not so don't expect that size of zoo or the same amount of animals. It is definit...  more »
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  • This is a nice little zoo just out of Sparkwell, Plymouth. There isn't the best wheelchair access, since the whole zoo is really steep and pretty muddy. There is a small cafe without a gift shop, and the cafe is quite expensive. The food isn't exactly healthy, so it's probably a better option to bring a packed lunch, it saves money and is healthier.
  • always a pleasure to visit this zoo , very natural feel about the place and the staff are really lovely , the lady who did the otter feed and talk was great and the man who does the big cat talk is so easy to talk to and obviously loves them so much :) even the guys fixing up the lynx pen so flaviu dosnt go walkies again where really friendly and a great laugh :) good team great zoo :) keep up the hard work :)
  • Very good small zoo. Difficult with buggies. Don't plan your trip to spend all day here as it's quite small. Everything can be seen in a couple of hours. All the staff we encountered where very friendly and knowledgeable about the animals when asked. And there are some animals that you wouldn't expect to be in such a small zoo. The highlight is definitely the big cats. Most other zoos you are either far away from, or the cats are inside all the time. These cats where almost close enough to touch and gave you a real perspective of the size as they weren't behind glass. The only downside to the zoo is that it's not greatly buggy accessible. The zoo is situated in a forest, on a hill. The paths are just like a forest path. When we visited it was on a hot sunny day, and that was tough enough to navigate. Couldn't imagine what it would be like if there were a bit of rain. All in all its definitely a zoo you should visit if your in the area. If your an hour or so away then maybe plan to visit somewhere else too, as the zoo is very small.
  • Visited for my little boy's first birthday. It was a drizzly, miserable day, but that didn't stop it being a lovely day out. Nice to see the tiger and lioness, the jaguar seemed to be showing off just for us and we got some beautiful pictures and memories. Will definitely be bringing him back as he gets older.
  • What a truly magical place. A genuinely beautiful place full of hard working staff and spectacular animals. The Zoo is right in the heart of Dartmoor, when you explore you're surrounded by nature and not walking in a "concrete jungle", it's so enjoyable. Great for all the family as well as big kids like myself. You can get really up close to the animals, often their are viewing platforms with no bars/mesh and you can really see the beautiful creatures. Go and enjoy the magic!