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Dartmoor Zoological Park

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Sparkwell, Sparkwell PL7 5DG, England
+44 1752 837645
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Fantastic little zoo

Dartmoor zoo really is a lovely little zoo. The animals are beautiful and interesting, and clearly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ruth S
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This place is heaven!

I love this Zoo! It is such a beautiful place with an amazing selection of animals! I feel so lucky... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Isabelle L
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Small friendly wildlife park/zoo on edge of Dartmoor featured on BBC TV series and the home of Hollywood movie, We Bought A Zoo starring Matt Damon.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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“big cats” (120 reviews)
“feeding times” (20 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Sparkwell, Sparkwell PL7 5DG, England
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+44 1752 837645
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"bigger zoos"
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"beautiful animals"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dartmoor zoo really is a lovely little zoo. The animals are beautiful and interesting, and clearly well looked after by their keepers. The staff really are a testament to the zoo, it's obvious how much they love and care for the place. The zoo isn't...More

Thank Ruth S
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DartmoorZoo, Office Manager at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you! We love to hear how much our visitors have enjoyed their visit and it's always good for staff and volunteers to hear how much they are appreciated! Our Zoo is looking fantastic at this time of year with the flowers and blossom enjoying...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this Zoo! It is such a beautiful place with an amazing selection of animals! I feel so lucky to only be a 20 minute drive away. The keepers obviously care so much about the animals and when asked about them they explain very...More

1  Thank Isabelle L
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You are right - it is a beautiful site. It isn't just the animals - at this time of year it's the blossom and the bluebells too!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a “meet the tigers” experience and it was wonderful. We went into their enclosure two at a time (there were six of us in total), for a real close up meeting with both of the zoo’s tigers. I assumed we would be...More

Thank Britbiztraveller
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It certainly sounds like you enjoyed your Meet the Tigers Experience. To be so close is memorable to say the least isn't it! These and more are available to buy on our web site or give us a call 7 days a week if you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent day, staff so knowledgeable and helpful, we really enjoyed the keeper for the day experience, hands on and all the animals are so well looked after, learnt so much, totally recommend this. Thank you everyone.

Thank Alison E
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you! If anyone is interested in this for themselves or for a gift, all our Experience Days are available to buy on our web site. If you prefer to talk to someone we're here 7 days a week!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a nice morning walking around Dartmoor Zoo. Its a relatively small zoo compared to others, this was actually quite nice. The place is relaxed amd calm with a nice mix of animals. We loved watching the otters being fed and enjoyed spending time...More

Thank angiehanlon2016
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We're glad you had a good time here and appreciate your comments.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lucky enough to have been able to experience the 'zoo keeper for the day' package, all aspects of the day were fantastic. Travelled down from yeovil to see it and every single staff member was a credit to the zoo showing knowledge, enthusiasm and an...More

Thank tracyjane2018
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Our Experience Days are really popular and it's great to hear how much you have enjoyed it. If anyone else is interested we offer Big Cat Keeper Days too and also a Junior Keeper Day for 8 to 15 year olds.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dartmoor Zoo is very close to Plymouth and was a great activity for me and my girls over the Easter Holidays whilst my husband was in London. We arrived mid morning and watched various talks and feeds - the bears and tigers were the best....More

Thank Leila N
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It sounds like you've had a great day out here with your family and we love to hear stories like this - thank you for sharing this with everyone and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited with my Father on 28th March 2018. It was around 20 years since I had last been here and got the impression that nothing had been done to improve it in that time. I appreciate that it is difficult at this time of...More

2  Thank CleoburyRob
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback which we would like to respond to. Anyone reading this, we wouldn't want them to think that the 14 animals you have listed are the only ones here as that is simply incorrect - I hope you managed see our...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Visited the Zoo during Easter holidays and enjoyed every minute. The feeding sessions and talks were great and helped organise your day. We stayed for the full day and enjoyed delicious pasties from the restaurant. The new pets corner was particularly a hit with the...More

Thank Trishawoohoo
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you! It sounds like you have made the most of your day, going to the animal talks and having a chat to our staff and volunteers. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

We have been meaning to visit this zoo for a while and knowing you had Wolves and Tigers and a brown Bear we had to visit. We booked a hotel and our whole trip around this one day visiting you. And we weren’t disappointed. We...More

1  Thank Emma B
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DartmoorZoo, Office Administrator at Dartmoor Zoological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Thank you for your review - please spread the word and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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gillfranklin
27 October 2017|
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Response from Samsaying | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Although the paths are more natural eg: loose stones and Sticks, some parts would be a bumpy ride, also very hilly.
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Dawn S
3 March 2017|
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Response from JIMIGOTHS | Reviewed this property |
the grey wolves are in a quarantine area, which they will be located in time. the other wolves, there are three wolves in one enclosure, which have an opening to larger grounds, they have complete freedom of these two... More
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Response from JIMIGOTHS | Reviewed this property |
it can take about an hour to walk around whole zoo, but I tend to spend lots of time at one enclosure, so you can take as long as you require.
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