The Lake District Wildlife Park

The Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite: Hours, Address, The Lake District Wildlife Park Reviews: 4.5/5

The Lake District Wildlife Park

The Lake District Wildlife Park
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A walk on the wild side just a 10 minute drive from Keswick. With the backdrop of the Skiddaw massif the 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 are members of BIAZA and over the years we have successfully worked with Zoo stud books to breed species including Lynx, Asian Fishing Cats and Ring Tailed Lemurs to name just three.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Debra F
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Excellent day out
Nov 2021 • Couples
A really enjoyable day. We spent over 5 hours there and it was freezing which just shows how much we enjoyed it. We got to see all the animals and attended most of the animal talks. The cafe was also nice, well priced and had good portion sizes. The only recommendation would be for the wildlife park to change the Otter/Red Pander talk to sightly later as we missed it due to having lunch after the bird display. Overall an excellent day out
Written November 26, 2021
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Andrew H
Las Vegas, NV104 contributions
5* visit
Nov 2021 • Family
Visited here on a Sunday morning in November, wasn't sure what to expect with it being so cheap for tickets, was about £32 for 2 adults a 9yr old and a 3yr old. We loved it!!! It opened at 10am and we got there just after so it was really quiet, a perfect time to come if like us you don't like other people, the staff were really engaging, the animals were all out for us to look at and enjoy, the park itself is really big, we were there for about 2hrs and it was quiet so if it was busy I'd imagine you'd be there for a lot longer waiting to see the animals. It helped the weather was perfect for a November morning. The kids really enjoyed feeding the animals and watching a couple of the presentations about the animals, would 100% return.
Written November 23, 2021
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Peter
2 contributions
Hawk Walk Experience
Nov 2021
Recently went on a Hawk Walk with my girlfriend. Didn't know what to expect, but was completely impressed and it was worth every penny. The experience starts straight after the Birds of Prey talk. We met a Tawny Owl, Harris Hawk and Vulture.

You are taken on a short walk across the grounds of Armathwaite hotel with the Harris Hawk and guide. With the glove on you're able to stick your arm out and the Hawk flies down to you for a bit of chicken. The bird was stunning and it's great to see her fly off from the trees back to your hand. Never thought of birds like this having personalities like dogs do; but they completely do and her interactions with the guide were great to see. Really helps as well that the setting is stunning and picturesque - looking across Bassenthwaite and up at Skiddaw.

The guide (Richard?) was passionate, friendly and extremely knowledgeable, and it felt like a privilege to have the chance to speak to someone about a subject which they are an expert and massive enthusiast of. Would be like having a chat was Prof. Brian Cox about the stars at an observatory. He knew everything about every animal on the farm - I think he was the main farmer in the area. Saw a calf and he just knew what it's name was, how old, who the mother was and all their story.

An excellent experience. Full marks. Would recommend to anyone with any appreciation of animals at all.
Written November 17, 2021
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Jenny G
Birkenhead, UK18 contributions
Keeper experience
Nov 2021 • Couples
We booked a keeper experience and it was so much fun! Brushing the tapirs, and feeding the meerkats and lemurs. The meerkats climbed all over us and even up my boyfriends trousers! It was also lovely to go around and feed some of the animals like alpacas and goats with the feed everyone can purchase at the front desk. Absolutely lovely day out and so much fun!
Written November 8, 2021
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jacqueline m
Carlisle, UK66 contributions
Great day out no matter the weather
Oct 2021 • Family
Loved the meerkats,but all the animals and birds were amazing,plenty of information available about the animals and conservation,cafe good but could do with extra staff at busy times
Written October 27, 2021
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car0T
Chichester85 contributions
GREAT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Oct 2021
We went with a 9 month old baby who was a bitt too young but apparently enjoyed plenty of opportunities to stroke the goats! Loved the gibbons particularly the one that howled although I wouldn't want to be a close neighbour! The animals appeared to have comfortable enclosures and the monkeys and lemurs were active especially after they were fed. There was a Year 4 school party visiting and they were obviously having a great time (and seemed very well behaved (well done Ashfield Junior School!). I feel it is a cross between a very small zoo (there are zebra and wildebeest) and a children's zoo. Altogether a good few hours out
Written October 23, 2021
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Rob
Dundee, UK2 contributions
Excellent
Oct 2021 • Family
I visited today with my wife and two older children, we had the experience of Tapirs, Meerkats and Lemurs - brilliant. Hannah was an excellent and patient guide.
Written October 19, 2021
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valencia126
Liverpool, UK171 contributions
Great wildlife park
Oct 2021
This park is great for a visit. The staff are so helpful and knowledgeable and the park is full of fun things to do including feeding some of the animals and listening to talks about some of the species.
Written October 19, 2021
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Christopher A
Tytherington, UK13 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2021 • Family
We visited the wildlife park as a group of 16 with ages from 2 to 85. It was an excellent place to visit especially the birds of prey talk by Richard. Highly recommended.
Written October 10, 2021
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sophiesaysrelax
Chesterfield25 contributions
One of the best!
Sep 2021 • Couples
We visited on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in September - there were a few people there, not many though which meant we got good views of all of the animals.

It’s a reasonable price to get in - also purchased a bag of animal food, one bag was plenty for two of us.

The animals are great - every enclosure clearly has enough space, the animals aren’t spread too far apart either and walking around, it’s generally quite flat so for anyone who has trouble walking, it’s not a bad few hours out.

We watched the bird display at around 12 o’clock and this was brilliant - the keeper was fantastic and despite the miserable weather, remained very professional - even though he was soaked(!)

Would definitely recommend and one of the best things we’ve done in the Lake District during our stay.
Written September 29, 2021
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