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Linton Zoo

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Address: Hadstock Road, Linton CB21 4NT, England
Phone Number: +44 1223 891308
Description: At Linton Zoo, emphasis is on conservation and education, while providing...
At Linton Zoo, emphasis is on conservation and education, while providing an enjoyable family outing. There is a wealth of rare and exotic creatures to see including Tigers, Lions, Tapirs, Lemurs, Owls, Parrots, Giant Tortoises, Tarantula Spiders and many others. The zoo is an ever evolving attraction, set in 18 acres of gardens and woodland with plenty of picnic areas. It is generally considered a one and a half hour visit but some visitors do stay longer especially on days when there is a full programme of keeper talks and activities. The favourite of all is the animal encounter sessions. Many of the aviaries and enclosures are heavily planted so you need to be prepared to take your time at each exhibit. Bear in mind that Linton Zoo is a breeding centre for endangered species and is not a commercial entertainment centre. There are several options to enhance your visit with a behind the scenes tour, money raised from these special tours directly support field conservation projects through our charity. There are sometimes late closing evenings with extra special activities aimed at giving you a better understanding of specific animals, details are posted on our Facebook and website. Expect country park like pathways, some are gravel and sand others are grass, because of the large trees there are occasional roots. The zoo is more or less all out in the open so there is little shelter on wet days, if you visit on a day with rain expected please do come suitably dressed with waterproof footwear. Free parking is within zoo grounds and there is a basic children's play area. The one toilet block is situated on the car park area which is within the zoo grounds and as the zoo is quite compact it is within easy reach most times. There is also a coffee shop which serves a wide range of snack and lunch items as well as hot and cold drinks. We are open all year but restricted hours during the winter months. Visit our website for visit information including opening hours and details of activities at weekends and during the school holidays. Our Facebook page will keep you updated with all the latest news and of course the latest cute baby pictures.
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Having spent 3 enjoyable hours at Linton Zoo today (1/7/16) i certainly cannot identify with the review of shelley s. I have to wonder what qualifies her to make a judgement call... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Having spent 3 enjoyable hours at Linton Zoo today (1/7/16) i certainly cannot identify with the review of shelley s. I have to wonder what qualifies her to make a judgement call regarding small enclosures. Perhaps she would like to expand on her statement that the snow leopard looked depressed. What are the signs of depression in a snow leopard... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

A very sad experience with run down enclosures that are too small for the animals, particularly the big cats. The snow leopard looked extremely depressed. Although the animals look healthy and are clearly well fed their quality of life is poor. The whole site looks like it hasn't been updated for about 30 years and is very run down. With... More 

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Lintonzoo, Owner at Linton Zoo, responded to this review

This reviewer is very clearly not at all qualified to express a fully evaluated opinion regarding the quality of life of any animal at our zoo and at no time has the reviewer contacted us to ask what enrichment, health programme or diets we provide for any of the animals in our care. Our enclosures are appropriately landscaped and spacious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Yes its not all singing and all dancing but for value for money and a great half-day out with the kids it's just superb! We're lucky enough to live close by now (so close we can hear the lions roaring at night!) and after our first visit in 2014 we snapped up season tickets! Staff are friendly and knowledgable -... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Popped in for a visit whilst in the area and was surprised to actually get to see lions so close up sunbathing for us :) Fair price for a zoo and will visit again

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Shefford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I love visiting animal collections particularly smaller collections like Linton. I think the entrance fee is very reasonable, it's the cheapest of the animal collections I visit. I love the twisty turning paths, each leading to something different.Some enclosures may be a little overgrown. The animals all appeared very happy to me. A must for me is seeing the big... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Our family really liked this zoo and prefer this over the larger zoos. This one feels more comfortable with smaller paths and less concrete. There are a good amount of animals including lions, zebras, owls, lemurs to name a few. However, do not come here expecting elephants, rhinos, gorillas, because they are not here. I would say it would be... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I visited with my 3 year old son....I understand the best way to get to see the animals is to patiently wait for them to naturally feel like wandering somewhere you can see them - but this is difficult with a young child. As many zoo visitors are likely to come with children, it might be a more valued experience... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

A beautiful setting with paths meandering through mature shrubberies and trees. The animal enclosures are well planted and maintained. Some unusual animals and plenty of babies too. We walked round twice, and so we saw all the animals which were hiding or sleeping on the first time round. Reasonably priced and very enjoyable. We were so impressed, we bought a... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Haven't visited Linton Zoo since the mid 70's and couldn't remember much at all except that it comes to mind that everything was in an open environment? Very nice pulling up at the gate to the zoo and being able to pay entrance, as that meant we could visit the car throughout the day without getting a pass First thoughts... More 

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We live close to Linton Zoo and go there often. It really is a lovely outing. It's like being in a garden with some wonderful animals. At times you can almost believe that it's just your group alone and in the wild! The staff are very friendly and clearly know and care for the animals. They will happily talk to... More 

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Address: Address: Hadstock Road, Linton CB21 4NT, England
Phone Number: +44 1223 891308
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