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Isle of Wight Zoo

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Brilliant day out

Me and my partner have just returned home from a long weekend on Isle of Wight. We visited a few... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
hazziey
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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A surprising gem in the conservation firmament

Tucked away in an old Napoleonic era fort is the Isle Wight Zoo. Not a vast expanse as zoos... read more

Reviewed January 4, 2019
Chris S
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The Isle of Wight Zoo is home to a large collection of big cats many of whom are rescue animals. With several superb new enclosures modeled on natural tiger habitats in India, the zoo is a fantastic place to see these wonderful animals relaxing. A...more
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Firstly sorry for late review, we visited late Oct. Quite a small Zoo and we thought 'Ooops!' however we joined a tour with a lady called Ruth. I have to say this brought our visit to a whole new level, she was full of fascinating...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SteveM_8319
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We came to the Isle of Wight for the day mostly looking forward to visiting the zoo. We understand that February is colder however feel that we either should have been made aware that there was hardly anything to see or during the colder months...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Carlie M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our granddaughter here while on a weekend in the Island. It was by far our most expensive activity and not as good as expected. My husband and I had visited some years ago and it was a great Zoo. True it was good...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Madeline G
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Madeline G, We are so sorry that you had a disappointing visit. Our animal walking safaris are on all year round - were you able to join us for one of those? During these walks our animal team will often be feeding monkeys/lemurs or...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I go to the zoo a lot and have seen it in all seasons and all weathers. Yes, some of the animals are less active in winter, but the cats are often out and about, cold or hot, rain or shine. To be fair, wind...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Chris B
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Chris B We are blessed with your ardent following of our animals. Your pictures are always of the highest calibre and we value them dearly, especially those of us who spend most of our time in the office! Thank you for being a regular...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my partner have just returned home from a long weekend on Isle of Wight. We visited a few different attractions whilst we were there but the zoo was by far our favourite. It really was worth the money. We also paid an extra...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank hazziey
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear hazziey, We are so pleased you stopped by to see us and hooray for being your favourite. You are right - our animal carers are such fountains of knowledge, and they are love sharing that with anyone who wants to know more. We very...More

Reviewed January 4, 2019

Tucked away in an old Napoleonic era fort is the Isle Wight Zoo. Not a vast expanse as zoos usually are so comparatively easy for all abilities to negotiate. However within its tight confines are some remarkable examples of species conservation. Don't expect elephants and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Chris S
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Chris S Thank you so much for your caring and supportive review. We are so pleased you found our little spot of paradise to be filled with spectacular animals and conservation messages. Job done!!! Please spread the word. Warm regards :-)

Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

We visited between Christmas and new year and were pleased to be one of just a few dozen enjoying the zoo. I remember coming here as a kid and it being rammed during August! The admission is £12 for adults and you can voluntarily gift...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank AndrewG94
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2019

Dear AndrewG94 We are so pleased you enjoyed your visits with us - haven't we been lucky with the weather :-) Thank you for recommending us to others - we certainly look forwards to seeing them and maybe yourself again one day :-) Warm regards.

Reviewed December 25, 2018 via mobile

I bought my fiance a Big Cat experience where a keeper took us "behind the scenes" at the zoo getting as close as possible to the lions and tigers. An amazing opportunity with a very knowledgeable young keeper. The zoo still needs some work but...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank noradem
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2019

Dear noradem We are so pleased that you enjoyed your big cat experience. Funding is a big challenge for us we hope that 2019 will bring us some great opportunities - if you know of any please let us know! Or if you'd like to...More

Reviewed December 14, 2018 via mobile

This place gets better every time we go back, great for the kids education on animals that they can't see anywhere else.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank sandownman
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2019

Thanks so much Sandownman - hopefully you have a membership if you live here - great value for year round visits :-) Warm regards.

Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

We went around in about an hour not many animals but the tigers where great rescued from Spain, I fully understand it was December but maybe they should not charge as much, the outside looked very tired and run downMore

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rosiepink5
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Dear Rosiepink5 Sorry to hear that you thought we looked a bit run down. The weather this week has not been it's best but the sun is out now and the animals are always here. This time of year our visitors get the very most...More

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helen r
October 16, 2017|
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Response from gareth m | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is, but the hours are different, I think they open 11-3pm between 1st Nov - 9th Feb by the looks of their web site. hope this helps :)
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Response from kimberley0809 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think dogs are allowed unless guide dogs as it can upset the animals. And if I remember rightly it was just over £10 per adult child was £7 I think. You can see online
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06Adam
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What else with a 3 year old (8 Replies)
Hello everyone, I'm making a short trip of three days with family. I have been couple of times to IoW and decided to do the below ones which will keep a 3 year old entertained. Anything else to add? # Beach - Driving so will be picking either Sandown or Shanklin # Dazzling Water # Isle of wight zoo # Needles park Any other? Parking - Just came across IoW council website providing tourist parking rates for £17.5 for three days? I can't judge if it will be worth it as some may be...More
August 22, 2017|
Response fromAkkarin|
Amazon World - It's a zoo inside a greenhouse so a good idea if it rains. Dinosaur Isle is right by the zoo and fun if your children like dinosaurs. Carrisbrooke Castle - donkeys! Trained donkeys walk in a giant 'hamster wheel' (I don't know how else to describe it) to bring water up from the well. Robin Hill Country Park - birds of prey flying demonstrations, red squirrels everywhere. Alum Bay to go on the chair lift (this is at the Needles which you have already mentioned). ...More