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“great day out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Howletts Wild Animal Park

Howletts Wild Animal Park
Bekesbourne Lane | Bekesbourne, Canterbury CT4 5EL, England
+44 (0)844 842 4647
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Ranked #5 of 52 attractions in Canterbury
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos
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Owner description: Howletts Wild Animal Park is a 90 acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland that is ideal for great days out in Kent with the entire family. With the Howletts Passport ticket you can come back time and time again for a whole 12 months. Check out our Passport Events for 12 fantastic reasons to come back and enjoy the adventure again...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
London, United Kingdom
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“great day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Great zoo tho quite a long walk if you have little ones, lots to see, my favorite being the gorillas, could sit there and watch them for hours.least favorite the wasps!!yearly passport a great idea will definately be going again x

Visited August 2013
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HowlettsPortLympne, Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Thank you for your review! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great day out and particularly enjoyed our gorillas. We are sorry to hear about the wasps. We have installed insect traps throughout the park which help to greatly reduce the number of wasps. We hope you enjoy using your passport and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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“Zoo”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Great place to take the kids, as long as all the animals are out, which they weren't on the day we were there - it was rather cold, but you pay a lot to see some empty cages. The kids enjoyed what they saw and they certainly walked (ran) a lot.

Visited September 2013
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HowlettsPortLympne, Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
We are glad that the kids had fun! Unfortunately in the cold weather some of our animals choose to spend more time inside and we believe in offering our animals freedom to roam both the indoor and outdoor areas of their enclosure as they wish. We do not believe in shutting our animals out for display purposes. We have a programme of talks and feeds which helps visitors to get up close and learn more about our animals and to see them. We also encourage guests to spend more time looking at each enclosure as at times the animals may be out but resting in undergrowth.

However, for no extra cost you can upgrade your regular full-price day ticket to a Passport on your day of entry, which provides unlimited access to the park all year and many great opportunities to see the animals. Visitors can also save 20% off day tickets when booked online, providing further fantastic value for money.
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“It doesn't worth to visit especially in winter”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

First of all, it's tidy, quite clean and easy to find your way because lots of signs.

On the other hand, the price was unacceptable ( too expensive ) , no offers and most of animals were hiding in their cages. We gust saw a few animal like elephant, tigers, lion , foxes and rhinos.

Furthermore, the road to the zoo is very dangerous for visitor who don't have a car because the bus can not reach the entrance of the zoo so you have to walk approximately 8-10 min to the entrance. The problem is there was no lane for pedestrians. It was very dangerous to walk with cars thats leeds me to call a taxi to go back when i want to leave it was dark.


In my opinion it's a bad idea to visit that zoo especially in the winter.

It's a good zoo but the enter price is exaggerate.

If you think to go April will be perfect to see most of animal.

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HowlettsPortLympne, Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
We are pleased that you enjoyed the presentation of our park. At Howletts we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our animals, which includes allowing them freedom to roam both indoors and outdoors in their enclosures. Therefore on occasions some of the animals may not always be in sight.

It is also possible to upgrade your regular full-price day ticket to our Passport ticket on the day of entry, which provides unlimited access to the park for the whole year. This provides excellent value for money and many opportunities to return and see our animals. Visitors can also save 20% off day tickets when booked online, providing further fantastic value for money.

We also provide a free minibus service to provide safe and convenient transportation between the park and train station during peak periods and at weekends. We encourage you to call in advance to check the latest minibus availability.
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Margate, United Kingdom
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“Whats with all the empty enclosures...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

As the title states that was the downside to the visit. Apart from that it was a fairly enjoyable day out. We wouldn't bother visiting again, value for money isn't very good but at least there are loads of bees to chase my girlfriend around.

Visited September 2013
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HowlettsPortLympne, Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
At Howletts we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our animals, which includes allowing them freedom to roam both indoors and outdoors in their enclosures. Therefore on occasion animals may appear to be out of sight. Only 2 of our approximately 90 enclosures are presently empty and have signs on indicating this. We also have a programme of talks and feeds which enables visitors to get up close and learn more about our animals and to see them. We encourage guests to spend more time looking at each enclosure as at times the animals may be out but resting in undergrowth.

It is also possible to upgrade full-price day tickets to our Passport on the day of entry, which offers unlimited access into the park, for no extra cost. This provides excellent value for money and many opportunities to return and see our animals. We have also installed bee traps throughout the park in order to minimise disturbance to our visitor’s day.
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canterbury england
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“Rip Off”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We went with our grandchildren and all we saw were empty cages, there were only a few gorillas compared to the large family groups that used to be there, I know Aspinal believes in sending them back to the wild but when you pay a fortune to go and see them its not a fun day,

Visited July 2013
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HowlettsPortLympne, Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
At Howletts we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our animals, which includes allowing them freedom to roam both indoors and outdoors in their enclosures. Therefore during colder weather some of our animals may choose to stay indoors. Only 2 of our approximately 90 enclosures are presently empty and have signs on indicating this.

We have a programme of talks and feeds which helps visitors to get up close and learn more about our animals and to see them. We encourage guests to spend more time looking at each enclosure as at times the animals may be out but resting in undergrowth. We provide all of our animals with shelter and natural surroundings, as this provides vital enrichment that is fundamental to the exceptional animal welfare that we deliver.

It is also possible to upgrade full-price day tickets to our Passport, which offers unlimited access into the park, for no extra cost. This provides excellent value for money and many opportunities to return and see our animals.
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