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Dartmoor Zoological Park

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Address: Sparkwell, Sparkwell PL7 5DG, England
Phone Number: +44 1752 837645
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10:00 - 18:00
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Small friendly wildlife park/zoo on edge of Dartmoor featured on BBC TV...

Small friendly wildlife park/zoo on edge of Dartmoor featured on BBC TV series and about to be turned into a movie starring Matt Damon.

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Welcoming, natural, beautiful place to go.

In the middle of nowhere it seems, we came to Dartmoor Zoo. My daughter & I had recently watched the film 'We Bought a Zoo', (the story of which was based on this zoo) and half... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Gina B
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Somerset Uk
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Somerset Uk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In the middle of nowhere it seems, we came to Dartmoor Zoo. My daughter & I had recently watched the film 'We Bought a Zoo', (the story of which was based on this zoo) and half expected the zoo to be very commercialised. We were so relieved to find that it wasn't... not in November anyway. It was a crisp... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a lovely day here, good day out it is small but great for young children to see the different animals. Lovely little gift shop and restaurant.

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Thank Laura G
Worksop, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an experience like no other Zoo. It had a personal touch which comes across when the keepers talk about the animals. The enclosures are close to the walkways so there is a good opportunity to see the Animals especially the Lions, Tigers and Wolves. We went in Summer time when the weather was good however, because of the... More 

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Thank Heather F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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.

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Thank Dan Q
Dorset, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 definitely more family friendly and you do not feel as if you are just part of a big crowd. Very good talks given... More 

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Callington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

33 acres to wander around and look at the animals. The animals were all in clean environments and seemed 'happy' enough. Ideal for all age groups. Café and gift shop on site, didn't feel pressured in to buying anything from the gift shop (although we did buy stuffed toys!) Good prices for entry, food & gifts. Staff are very friendly... More 

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Loughton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We visited on a drizzly grey afternoon but we still saw plenty of animals. The highlight was watching the Raccoon Dogs being taken for a walk. The gift shop was a bit smaller than I was expecting but overall it was a nice park with a selection of Big Cats including Lions, Tigers, Wolves and a Jaguar. There is a... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We are a family of animal lovers and have been to quite a few zoos. Hubby was particular keen to go here as he loved the film 'we bought a zoo'. I am so glad we did. There was no artificial, commercialised feel about it. All the enclosures had a natural feel about them (obviously apart from the enclosed bit).... More 

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We spent 4 hours here and enjoyed it are two kids are teens and i would say it would be better for slightly younger kids although ours did enjoy it we took a packed lunch with us there were plenty of places to see and eat there is also a cafe on site although we only had a coffee from... More 

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