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Trentham Monkey Forest, Stoke-on-Trent

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Get up close and personal with monkeys at Trentham Monkey Forest. About 140 Barbary macaques roam freely through 24 hectares (60 acres) of English forest here. As you walk along the path, you'll see the monkeys hanging from trees, sitting on benches, and even walking right next to you. Listen to expert guides and read information boards along the path to learn more about the monkeys and their habitat. The site features two playgrounds for children, a cafe, and covered picnic areas. Parking is free. A visit to Trentham Monkey Forest represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Stoke-on-Trent family vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Was a good experience for us and the kids to see the monkeys in a more natural environment than a normal zoo. Parking was good, queues a little slow when paying so be prepared for that but a gentle st...  more »
  • I've visited monkey forest a few times and really love it. It's so nice to be up close with these fascinating creatures. The staff know their stuff and are happy to chat to you. The tiny babies are so...  more »
  • Wow what an amazing place. Whilst visiting friends they suggested we visit Monkey Forest. I had never heard of it. The weather was amazing and I couldn't believe this is only an hour and a half from w...  more »
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  • Fantastic day out for kids of all ages. We arrived at 11.30 on a Saturday found plenty of parking. Only queued for about 5 minutes to pay. £8 for each adult and free for the under 3. Staff are very helpful and informative and there are plenty of them around. All paths are wide with ample room for pushchairs wheelchairs etc. One word of warning is there are some very steep parts of the path where care and time may have to be taken. The are over 130 monkeys roaming around amongst these were 6 babies and another dozen very young monkeys today. Feeding times are interesting and informative. There is a big picnic area and also another area by the restraunt with tables and chairs. Also a small child's play area and trampolining too. The monkey shop is also worth a visit. From my point of view can't think of any negatives. 10 out of 10. Will recommend to anyone.
  • absolutely loved it defo going again. went with 2 kids 3 & 9 they loved it. seeing them so close in their natural way of living. brilliant friendly staff and even though we had traffic delays and only had a little while there £8 for an adult BARGAIN I could sit there all day watching them
  • We've been twice and had incredible experiences each time at the monkey forest! There are two main areas where the monkeys tend to congregate, but wonder around the whole of the grounds. It's well worth stopping to listen to the feeding times because you can learn such a lot about them. There is so much for children to enjoy, and there is also a playground, shop and cafe on site.
  • Surprisingly enjoyable destination - even for someone who wouldn't normally care much for monkeys. The fact that they roam freely and live in their natural social groups makes this a different experience to that of a zoo. The guides are very friendly and the monkeys are very used to visitors. There's probably not enough stuff for a whole day's interest but together the the Trentham gardens, its a good day out.
  • Nice way to spend part of a bank holiday. Quite a few monkeys there, some really cut baby monkeys. Not quite sure about the £8 fee for adults and £6 for children, seems a little high but I guess it takes a lot to look after everything here. Staff were happy and helpful.