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The Lake District Wildlife Park

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Address: Coalbeck Farm, Bassenthwaite CA12 4RD, England
Phone Number:
441768776239
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10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Trotters World of Animals has rebranded to become the Lake District...

Trotters World of Animals has rebranded to become the Lake District Wildlife Park, representing the transition from its early days as a farm park. Today, emphasis is very much on conservation, education and engaging with visitors - our Keepers are keen to talk and enjoy passing on their knowledge and enthusiasm. Wander around our beautiful 24 acre parkland and see over 100 species. The magical Bird of Prey flying displays have been a regular feature since the park opened and we have gathered an eclectic mix of over 100 species from Anaconda to Zebra. The Granddad of the park is Brian the Lar Gibbon - he is the oldest in Europe and has pride of place in the centre of the park where he and his family can be seen swinging from the massive Oak tree. We joined the Zoo Federation (now BIAZA) in 2002 and over the years we have successfully worked with Zoo stud books to breed rarer species like Canadian Lynx, Asian Fishing Cats and Ring Tailed Lemurs to name just three.

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Great day out

Went on a cold sunny day with our one year old boy and we loved it. Spent the whole day there and we loved seeing all the animals and displays. The staff were really friendly and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Wiggy71
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on a cold sunny day with our one year old boy and we loved it. Spent the whole day there and we loved seeing all the animals and displays. The staff were really friendly and there were so many talks by them, it kept us going all day; wondering when we were going to fit our lunch in!! When... More 

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Thank Wiggy71
LakesWildlife, Guest Relations Manager at The Lake District Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Hi Wiggy71 Thank you for your lovely review! So glad you and your little one enjoyed the keeper talks and presentations. I'll pass your praise for the cafe on to Lisa :) We look forward to welcoming your family back soon. More 

Penrith, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Entrance is nearly £9, most of the animals were difficult to see. The wire mesh did hamper photography. It would be good to have some stools to stand on to take photos over the wire. The red pandas were the best, active and climbing up and down the tree. The lemurs were also active, once the sun came out and... More 

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Thank wintryguy
LakesWildlife, Guest Relations Manager at The Lake District Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Dear Wintryguy Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. I'm delighted that the lemurs and red pandas were enjoying the winter sunshine. The wildlife park is very popular with photographers, especially at this time of year. If you do visit us again please ask one of our team members for advise on how to get the best... More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We visited on a sunny day in January and it was -5°c outside and we werent really expecting much but we were pleased to see all animals!! Very friendly staff, reasonably priced and the animals were lovely. Would definitely recommend going.

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Thank Tim1771
LakesWildlife, Guest Relations Manager at The Lake District Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Hi Tim Thank you for the lovely comments! This is indeed a great time to visit and to take a bit of time to see the the animals. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

A lovely little park, reasonably priced and not too large to walk around. The cafe is expensive so I would bring your own food but all of the animals look lovely and seemed very happy there.

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Thank Edward H
LakesWildlife, Guest Relations Manager at The Lake District Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Morning Edward H Thank you for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. It's always nice when people comment on how happy and well cared for are animals are. Have a happy new year and do come back again. More 

Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Myself and my fiancé visited today, we both live in Cumbria and decided to spend a day off work at a local attraction. What a great decision that was! The weather was dry but quite cold, so the park was quiet with visitors, but that was great in our opinions. The animals all had good sized enclosures and all of... More 

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Thank Minky94
LakesWildlife, Guest Relations Manager at The Lake District Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Morning Minky94 Thank you so much for your glowing review! It's particularly nice to hear positive feedback from locals :) I'll pass on to John our falconer that you enjoyed the display, especially meeting Gonzo the hooded vulture up close and personal. Lisa and her team will be delighted that you found your lunch delicious and well priced. Gilly in... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

I visited here with my 3 year old and 1 year old daughters. We had a lovely day. Perfect size for my girls walking around... they especially enjoyed the reptile encounters. My youngest got in free as she was under 3 years old. My only downside to the visit was the cafe. It was very expensive in there, good food... More 

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Thank Danni B
LakesWildlife, Guest Relations Manager at The Lake District Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Hi Danni Thanks for the lovely review, I'm so glad you and your little ones enjoyed your day. I shall pass on to the reptile keeper that the encounter was a highlight for you. Do come and and visit us again soon. More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Today I visited the park with my husband and one year old son and I am terribly disappointed with our experience. After reading the stream of positive reviews about the park I was very excited to visit and was completely suprised with how run down and miserable the park actually is. The animal enclosures are in some cases far too... More 

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LakesWildlife, Guest Relations Manager at The Lake District Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Dear Amy Firstly, I’m sorry to hear that you were disappointed by your visit. Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Wildlife Park. I’m pleased you enjoyed seeing the meerkat mob. Admittedly, there is a lot of maintenance work being carried out and building work going on. Although the nativity is now complete and the... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

If you love animals you will love this place. The staff are more than helpful and very informative. There are many different species from rabbits and goats to Zebras and Yaks. The bird of prey enclosure is very impressive with some amazing species on display. The Bald and Golden eagles were my personal favourites but the Harris Eagles were lovely... More 

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Thank Andrew T
LakesWildlife, Guest Relations Manager at The Lake District Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Hi Andrew T Thanks for the 5 star review! It's always a pleasure to hear people compliment our helpful and knowledgeable team. It sounds as if you and your family had a super day and enjoyed meeting our diverse range of animals. Do come back and visit us again soon. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

A lovely spot, loads of animals and much bigger then I expected. Cafe was lovely, food fresh and reasonably priced. I just find the entrance price a little steep.

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Thank Shirelle V
LakesWildlife, Guest Relations Manager at The Lake District Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Hi Shirelle V Thanks for your review. It is indeed a lovely spot, nestled beneath Skiddaw Mountain, and I agree the park is deceptively larger than it initially looks! I'll pass your comments about the lovely fresh food on to Lisa our catering manager :) More 

Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Visited the Lake District Wildlife Park while in the area and spent a fantastic morning here despite the rain. The staff are all very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about what they do.

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LakesWildlife, Guest Relations Manager at The Lake District Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Thanks Kellylovesbagels So glad you had a great visit and I'll pass your kind comments on to the team :) More 

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