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Julie Kirk

Thank you for a lovely visit today, clean and tidy attraction. Loved the baby penguin and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Looe, United Kingdom
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Rainy Day but was good

It was hammering down with rain when we went but once inside it was great. The penguins came right... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

For the time of year, and in the weather conditions that we visited under, things were a bit lackluster here. We were under the impression that things were awe-inspiring, and if you're a conservationist at heart, then yes they are. But the seals only were perching on a rock, so it would be nice to see some more enrichment provided for them. I think that would be a nice thing for all the exhibits; more enrichment and more staff around to provide extra knowledge that the placards cannot provide. It was lovely witnessing the penguin feed and talk, and we'd love to see that again.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Hollieeee
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

They provided a wheelchair (which we had pre-booked) which enabled a full visit and repeat circuits to catch scheduled events missed first time round. Huge thanks to Tom, the aquarist, for letting the g'kids feed the archer fish, and explaining why they no longer squirt water at the crickets in the branches above their tank to knock them into the water (a highlight from a previous visit). Must return next year when they've got some younger archer fish.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank John H
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

This is located next to Beacon Quay and is a partner to Newquay and Paignton Zoos. The attraction is part of several conservation and education programs and their ethos is accessibility for all which certainly made taking a wheel chair user round very easy. The staff are knowledgeable about the animals under their care and the whole attraction is well presented with plenty of information boards and staff and volunteers all willing to stop and talk to you

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank davee693
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Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

I'm giving this attraction five stars. Our children, 12, 13 and 14 came out and had had a great time. Typically on phones and devices they really engaged with the whole experience.

Highlights for them were the penguin and otter feeds. The commentary about the animals was interesting and as an adult I learnt new things too.

It wasn't cheap to get us in but this is a good cause and I felt great supporting it.

My only niggle was that the ice cream kiosks were closed. We visited on a very warm day. They could have sold loads, so it was an opportunity missed.

Surprising for a gift shop, theirs was decent. Nice choice of items, reasonably priced in the main.

We were there over three hours and walked away with smiles on our faces.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Paul C
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

We were told we could visit living coast once during the winter months and then not pay again no matter how many times we visited up till April 2019, great, took the 3 grandkids, had our photos taken , bought a much reduced ticket which gave us a single admission to Paignton Zoo, on a roll.... till we reached the interior. My husband and I were so disappointed with the look of the place. Living Coast, makes you think of everything alive and kicking, well 90% of the flower beds were dead or dying plants, all the paint work was a dark grey or black, there wasn't anything colourful or bright to greet you. The murals had a bit of colour, inside the walk ways.
The Penguins were of course beautiful, but in quite a small enclosure which made me feel a little sad. The Seals were fun to watch, playing in the water but with just one bouy to play they must be bored out of their minds. Some of the marine life was interesting in the tanks, and the play area for kids was a hit with our grand kids. The gift shop was not a rip off as in most places and the safe where very pleasant and smiled a lot.
But come on Living coasts, give the Seals something to make their day worth asking up to, 1 floating piece of plastic, what about a ball or 2 for a kick off!!
The most interesting thing for me was how the walls were decorated with all the debris we humans dump in our waters and then go home to a tidy house forgetting the marine life we endanger.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lindanicholls2007
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