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Dartmoor Zoological Park, Sparkwell

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.5/5 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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  • Came here in September with 2 little ones. Not the easiest place to get to but worth the journey. The admission I think is fairly steep for the size of the zoo so if you have got vouchers or money off...  read more »
  • Came to the zoo on the 6\10\16 as we were in the area for my son's 13th birthday. He loves animals so we thought we would have a look, and we weren't disappointed. The animals seem to have plenty of r...  read more »
  • My friends had a lovely wedding reception here. Also been here before a few times. Very nice zoo. Animals are well cared for 
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • A fantastic zoo filled with interesting animals and extremely knowledgeable keepers and volunteers. The highlight for us was the animal talks with the volunteers, we saw the bears and tigers being fed up close and got to hold a variety of little creatures in a hands on talk, including some pesky sugar gliders which were climbing all over us and the volunteers! We got to the zoo just after it opened and stayed until around 4pm, you can make a full day of the zoo if you attend the talks and take a leisurely lunch. We took a picnic but stopped in at the rearrestaurant for cake which was lovely and well priced. Will definitely be visiting again when in the area - if we lived nearby we'd be here every week!
  • It was awesome! Best time ever. Being so close to the Cats is amazing. Must go, if you can. Great people as well.
  • I enjoyed my recent visit here, but it wasn't incredible. It's difficult to put my finger on why, but something felt missing from this place. It just didn't quite pop, or stand out. It probably doesn't help that I recently visited the Eden Project. The big cats ended up saving this from being a complete waste for me. Overall it was decent and it's a good way to spend 2 hours, but not incredible.
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