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  • holmanfamily
    Haverfordwest, United Kingdom53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable Visit
    Visited Longleat in Jume 2023 and overall thought the experience was very good. The safari on the whole was very good . It was fun being able to feed the deer through the car windows and seeing the monkeys up close and personal was good. The only aspect that was a bit disappointing was amount of the big cats that were behind bars despite it being made a big thing of (seeing them up close) before the safari. Glad we took a packed lunch with us as the food seemed expensive although to be expected in any sort of theme park or zoo in the UK. Conversely the cost of a hoodie from the shop after misjudging the weather (we were in the middle of a heatwave yet it seemed cold ) was very good. My wife went into the house and found it very interesting and good value addition to the visit. Not sure we would visit again as we live a distance from the attraction and seemed quite expensive when add all the costs into the visit. Overall a very enjoyable visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Ijustrollswithit
    Orpington, United Kingdom70 contributions
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    Perfect day out time and time again
    This is our second year in a row visiting the park as we had such an incredible experience last time. We had high hopes thanks to our wonderful memories last time and it’s safe to say we had a fabulous time again. We had brilliant opportunities to feed animals such as giraffes, deer, sea lions and the rainbow lorikeets and got up close and personal to others on the car and boat safaris. We were absolutely thrilled by these experiences but also really enjoyed the walk around exhibits and the train ride, so it’s safe to say there is plenty to do! We took lunches to save time, but we got chips as a snack and a coffee for the ride home which were delicious but a little pricey, especially if you are spending money on the feeding experiences. The access for disabled guests was great, especially with the queue assistance for the boat and train. Prepare for a bumpy ride at times around the park though
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Geraldine B
    North Walsham, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant day out
    Went on the bus around the safari park. It was worth every penny. The driver was brilliant and quite funny. Told us lots of interesting information and knew who all the animals were. We could laugh at the monkeys without being worried about getting the car wrecked. Certainly worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Andrew M
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful day out!
    Seriously brilliant! The only negative I can write is the restaurant where the food is not great to be honest, but this review is about the safari park and 'zoo'. I thought £39 was quite steep at first but after spending a whole day there, I'd say it's probably underpriced if anything! Honestly, such a wonderful experience, seeing the animals, the monkeys retrieving bits of vegetation from your car, everything is wonderful. Then you realise that this is basically only half of the experience. There are also a plethora of animals to see near the house itself. Then there's the included 20 minute boat trip which is fabulous in itself. We did have an incredibly animated guide who made it live, but wow! If you get the chance to do this then snap it up. We arrived around 10am and even then didn't have time to visit the house itself for an extra £4.95. Well done Longleat, what a day!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • TeamSunshine
    8 contributions
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    Fabulous ... except for being cashless!
    Having saved up to visit Longleat (its been on our wishlist quite a while) we were not disappointed with the animals, enclosures, boat trip on the lake and the train! Even rain showers didn't stop play! The sun came out for the safari itself and it was amazing to see animals out in vast amounts of space, grazing or relaxing in the sun. The only disappointment on the day was when it came to buying food, drinks and souvenirs (and animal food!) as the whole place is cashless. Which seems crazy considering the amount of school children that were there, what if their parents had given them spending money (like ours had given us!)? Which is why we knocked a star off, would've been 5* otherwise
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Michelle D
    19 contributions
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    A must do although a bit disappointed
    It was really nice spending the day at Longleat, as me and my two children had moved around a lot it had been a good three years since we’ve gone. Now some of it has changed that is a bit disappointing; the parrot show is no more and changed to a disappointing show, they stopped the animal handling due to Covid, which is so disappointing as you don’t see the snakes that you would have seen during the handling throughout the park, they faded out the butterflies! The butterflies was an extremely fantastic and inspiring thing to have experienced, you see all the different kinds of butterflies and have a chance to explore the different patterns lastly was that (this was a while ago) the penguins left along with the stingray touch pool, the penguins was something that everyone enjoyed coming to see it’s such a shame that they were removed although I don’t know what happened to them. However, onto a good note, the park is absolutely amazing, the animals have big enclosures unlike the excuse of enclosures you get at some zoos. The staff are very friendly and open to any questions you have of the park. The animals never disappoint, got some very cool photos of the birds and other animals! Longleat is a must do if you haven’t done that, I definitely recommend even though we were disappointed about the sudden changes.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Kelsie V
    Hastings, United Kingdom60 contributions
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    Boat safari was good
    Always wanted to go to longleat since being a little girl, at the age of 23 i finally made it. The safari and the safari boat were amazing and the staff in the boat were so friendly and knowledgeable, even managed to feed the sea lions, walking round the actual zoo was a little disappointing as wasn’t as many animals I imagined there would be. The hedge maze was good fun even in the rain
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Nicola T
    3 contributions
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    Longleat day out Aug 23
    Absolutely incredible experience from start to finish. The staff were all fantastic and seemed to do everything they possibly could to make our experience the best. Thank you. We were amazed how up close you got to do many animals. Lovely to see all the baby monkeys and the Anne the elephant.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • SpecialeLees1996
    Evesham, United Kingdom12 contributions
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    Silver VIP Tour
    Brought the Silver VIP Tour, with my mother coming with me as my career due to having mild Asperger's syndrome (still independent, but just need to let others know). Is expensive at £175 per person, but honestly for what you do it is well worth the price. Started off early with 4 more with our tour guide Adian (so sorry if I spelled your name wrong if you're reading this), who right from the start to the end was amazing guide. Always knowledgeable, a hilarious sense of humour and bringing us as close to the animals as possible. To start with, we went in Jungle Kingdom, meeting some of the smaller animals first (snakes, insects, rats and sloths). Then went into the drive through safari, going through the carnivores first. Then having a break at the African Village for our Lemur experience, before finishing the rest of the drive through safari and finally ending it at 1:30pm. After meeting back up with my mother, who spent the morning doing an early tour of Longleat Manor which easily made me history loving side very happy. Went for an admittedly expensive lunch, before looking around the smaller animals like the Koalas and crocodiles on foot. Now this where we get to our only criticism: The Boat Safari we wanted to do. Sadly by the time we queued up, it was almost 3pm, and by the time it was 3:30pm, we made to where the queue is supposed to start for the boat before deciding to call it quits. So that is the only downside, because as Adian explained, although the drive through is quietest in the afternoon, that is also the time of the day where the carnivores are at their least active. So if we did go again, we would do walk around area first to get on the boat early. But regardless of that, over all the experience while expensive is well worth the price. And I would easily recommend doing it for an unforgettable experience. And if anyone of the VIP Tour team like Adian are reading this, then I really cannot do justice in words to describe how grateful and blessed I feel doing the experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 11, 2023
  • rosie1271
    London, United Kingdom88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out, or side trip if in the area
    The one day pass is adequate for those with older children / adults only. With a two day pass those with younger children (under 8) can spend more time on the attractions like the maze, adventure playground, train, etc. Any queues move much more quickly than you would expect. It’s a good use of time to get there for opening and head straight to the boat trip and train, stop for some food, burn it off at the adventure playground, look around the small animals, before heading off on the driving safari. The lions and other big cats were more active later in the day. They do sometimes get very close! Didn’t get to see inside the house or the exhibition as the focus was on things that the children would enjoy; I will return on my own for the historical aspect!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
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Jul 2020 • Family
If you are a decent member of society who follows the government guidelines and cares about your health and others, do not go to Longleat!!!!

The safari is incredible and we loved every minute of it. I would highly recommend the monkey enclosure because it is hilarious! The staff are incredibly friendly and take their own safety seriously as all were in visors and masks.

However, I didn't feel safe in the grounds at all. When you aren't in your car it is impossible to get away from people. Longleat advertise limited tickets to maintain social distancing but it was a joke. The general public do not follow any of the social distancing rules, and when I asked the staff why the queue for the train was packed like sardines, they said that they had asked the public to spread out and follow the blue dots but no one listened.

Longleat if you're not going to significantly reduce the amount of people you let into the park, give your staff the power to enforce the distancing!!!

It was so bad that in the end we didn't actually do anything other than the safari because we felt so unsafe.

If you want to get catch Covid-19 please go to Longleat! There are 100 signs explaining the rules but no one takes any notice.
Written July 12, 2020
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Danielle A
Bracknell, UK5 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Couples
Yesterday morning I went to longleat as a VIP and our tour guide (Kate) was fantastic, the story about Annie the elephant was emotional but such a beautiful happy ending to the story. You can see the animals are extremely well looked after and happy. Kate was brilliant, I'd say she definitely made our tour extra special, telling me and shaun about all the animals and didn't feel rushed around, she took us as close as possible and let us get lovely photos of the animals etc
I would certainly recommend doing the VIP Tours
WORTH EVERY PENNY
A massive thank you to Kate
Written August 17, 2020
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Anne B
Loughborough, UK40 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
We visited Longleat for a VIP experience for my 15 year old. When I booked this I wasn’t aware it was also the Festival of Lights so had a pleasant surprise. We arrived at 9.30 after a stay at the Travelodge 10 minutes away. We had our dogs with us so used the free kennels at the entrance to the safari park. Padlock and key provided at the ticket booth. The kennels were basic but clean and fine as long as you take your own bedding and water bowl. They are quite a distance from the main house so bear this in mind.

Our trip around the safari park was good. Not too busy at 9.30am. We then spent time in the area around the house wandering around the animal enclosures, shops and the house tour. We had a trip on the jungle cruise which was really interesting. The staff member doing the commentary was very entertaining.

There is a good selection of food outlets. We went in the Chameleon Tree restaurant mainly for somewhere warm to sit. The meals were ok but I thought a bit pricey. No different to other similar venues though. In summer I’m sure we would have taken a picnic.

The Festival of Lights was beautiful. Mostly static sculptures lit up on a theme not lots of sparkly moving lights as my husband was expecting. It was lovely and very impressive. There were lots of visitors but it didn’t feel overwhelming or too busy. A one way system was in place which helped.

At the end of the evening traffic was busy but marshals kept things moving so we weren’t waiting for long.

Overall a great day and evening. Well organised.
Written January 3, 2020
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Dear AnneB239, Thank you so much for choosing to visit us here at Longleat. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your experience and have rated Longleat as 'very good' on Trip Advisor.. We open our gates each day to provide our guests with memorable experiences and we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit here with us. Months of work will go towards creating our Festival of Light season and we are delighted that you appreciated this and had such an enjoyable visit. We agree that the lanterns are highly impressive! Be sure to come back to our astonishing kingdom of Longleat again in the future! Kind regards, Fred Guest Services - Longleat.
Written March 4, 2020
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June B
Tadley, UK48 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Family
A group of us went all family age range from 2 to 60 years all together 10 of us went all ate lunch we all took the bus around the Safari at a cost of £5 each so longleat got a lot of money out of us, one of the staff members was very rude to my daughter which I reported to management and they sorted it, there was a member of staff checking the number of people getting on the boat was very rude.
I think some of the staff leave a lot to be desired, on the other hand the restaurant manager sorted the situation in the restaurant, the staff on the boat was great and Dave the Safari bus driver was definitely saved the day, he was very knowledgeable about the Safari park and the animals absolute joy.
I would think twice about spending that sort of money to go there again with the reception you receive in some parts though.
Written March 5, 2020
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Dear June B We appreciate the time that you have taken to share your feedback with us as we will always consider our guest comments as we look at ways to enhance the experience that we provide! We are very pleased to learn that Dave went above and beyond to make your visit truly special and can assure you that this will be passed on to thank them for their great work! We’re disappointed to read that you were unhappy with aspects of your visit to Longleat. We are a popular visitor attraction and we hope to deliver a truly memorable premier experience! If you wish to discuss this further then please contact feedback@longleat.co.uk. We do hope you were able to enjoy certain aspects of your experience at Longleat and can assure you that your feedback will be considered as we look at ways to enhance the overall experience that we provide. Kind regards Susannah Guest Services Team Longleat
Written March 6, 2020
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SarahJamFo
Manchester, UK9 contributions
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Sep 2020
We arrived at around 10am (on a weekday) and had no issues parking, there was a 30 minute queue for the boat trip but otherwise there very minimal queues. We noticed that a couple of the exhibits were closed but most were open as normal.

We booked on the VIP bronze experience, which included the entrance fee, cream tea and a drive around the safari park with one of the guides. This was excellent and completely worth the money. Our guide Nathan (pretty sure that was his name) was really knowledgeable about all of the animals and the conservation efforts of the park. He was great with answering all of our questions and was able to go off the main road so we were able to be really close to all of the animals!

Would highly recommend the VIP experience to anyone who wants to get close to the animals and/or is worried about the monkeys pulling bits off their car!!

Social distancing/COVID restrictions did not negatively affect the day at all!
Written September 13, 2020
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Kate B
Calais, France2 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Family
Sadly we were really disappointed by the organisation of the buses around the safari. We were staying on the Longleat Caravan Campsite in a hired motorhome which explicitly prevents us taking it around safari parks. The tickets for the buses (now £8 per person over 3 years old) are on a first come first served basis, for only two buses they are operating per day at the moment, and only bookable on arrival. We queued from the campsite entrance 20mins before opening with only a few people in front. They had run out of tickets by the time the people in front of us tried to book. It turns out they were also letting people into the park before 10:00 so they could start queueing for the 4 Guest Services points selling bus tickets from there from 10:00. It was incredibly disappointing for our three year old.

The park advertises that their reduced bus provision is to promote social distancing, but it is not in keeping with how they are managing the rest of the park indoor areas, so it doesn’t make sense.

The Jungle Cruise ferry ride was definitely the redeeming feature and we were lucky enough to see a hippo, the sea lions and the gorillas. The Adventure Castle playground was also great fun. Everything in the park was incredibly busy though, with long queues for much of the day.

If you are definitely wanting to go around the safari park and can’t do it under your own steam, you may not wish to go this summer. Our overall experience was that we paid more than is reasonable for the day we were able to have, and until the reviews suggest they have got their act together better with regard to queue management and service provision, we won’t go back.
Written August 18, 2021
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Dr.Nog
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Sep 2020
Summary: don't bother whilst COVID restrictions remain. Save your money and go another time, £29.95 per person (£25.45 with discount) really wasn't worth it this time round.

I have visited Longleat twice, the first time was amazing (pre-covid), the second time was a disaster (14th September 2020).

On a positive note the Safari was great, there was basically no impact from covid on this part of the experience.

However, this is where the positives end, the park was over crowded in practically every area despite the website stating numbers of people being entered in to the park were being limited. I thought the limiting of numbers would have made me feel safer during the visit, I was wrong.

One of my main complaints would be the covid procedures, especially the 'social distancing' in queues for attractions, there wasn't any social distancing at all! The boat was limited to about half capacity to ensure distancing and face coverings were mandatory. This meant, understandably, that we needed to queue for the attraction. However, when queuing for the boat ride we were wound round the nearby tree, where people insisted on standing on top of each other without face coverings. This meant we were in close proximity to all the people who we were being socially distanced from on the boat, making it essentially pointless to distance on the boat itself and limit the numbers (causing extended queues)!

Further to this, many attractions in the park were completely closed due to COVID (probably over half of the animal exhibits). This made the visit much less enjoyable than my previous visit. For example, no talks were taking place, making me think why was the park even open (other than to make money of course)? I'll also add, the government guidelines in relation to a maximum of 6 people meeting up were completely ignored by many guests and no enforcement measures were in place.

In summary, don't bother whilst COVID restrictions remain. Save your money and go another time, £29.95 per person (£25.45 with discount) really wasn't worth it this time round.
Written September 15, 2020
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Becca
Poole, UK38 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Family
Firstly, can I just say how much we love Longleat in general and had read great reviews about the VIP experiences. However I was given this experience for a birthday gift and found it extremely disappointing! I suspect that the experience “differed” due to the inclement in weather along with Coronavirus but this was not communicated to us or even a suggestion made to rebook later.
After a very fast and bumpy ride in the land rover (the guide didn’t even slow after my daughter and I banged our heads going over a speed bump) we literally just stood in the giraffe house for 30mins getting in the way of the keepers cleaning the stables/pens. We have had just as good an experience at Marwell Zoo without the £79pp fee! I feel bad for the person who bought the gift!
Sorry Longleat but on this occasion it was a let down 👎☔️😷??
The good thing was that the animal activity in the safari park itself was fantastic and we even bumped into the Viscountess who was fabulous darling (also strictly fans lol) who was very happy to be in a photo!
Written March 20, 2020
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Gill S
Bristol, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Spent the day at Longleat, taking in the Festival of Light, the Santa Express, and the Safari Bus tour. Excellent day out. The Festival of Light was breathtaking, and I would recommend it 100 per cent to anyone. The park is fully accessible, except for the Maze, and staff are smiling, friendly, attentive, and ready to assist in any way they can. We went on the boat to see the gorillas, and fed the sea lions. Arthur ( 17months) loved the playpark, and the close up experience with small animals. We all enjoyed the Safari bus tour, and it was a pleasure to be driven by someone who clearly loves their job !!! The Santa Express was lovely, and the gift well worth the price paid, which I had thought was rather expensive - but no, it was sturdy, safe, and entirely suitable for Arthur. Cafe food a bit pricey, but of excellent quality, so it didn’t matter. Not a cheap day out, but a wonderful one, making some very happy memories. Fully recommend it !!!!
Written January 6, 2020
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Dear Gill S Thank you for your fantastic 5 star review of Longleat. We work hard to ensure our guests have a fantastic experience here, so it was a delight to read how much fun you had at Longleat! We have an amazing number of experiences to offer to our guests across a vast area as you found out during your visit. We are rich in history as well as providing our guests with an educational, fun and interactive experience! We are pleased to see that you had a great time meeting all of your favourite animals and enjoyed everything else that we have to offer. As you found out, we have more to offer than our fabulous animals alone and pleased that you managed to experience a number of experiences with us. It is great to read how much you appreciated the time and skills that were put into creating the lanterns during Festival of Light and we agree that they looked fantastic. It truly is remarkable the amount of work that all of the team across the park put into ensuring that our attraction is presented to the highest possible standard. We hope that you come back for another fantastic Festival of Light season in the future! Kind regards Susannah Guest Services Team Longleat
Written March 4, 2020
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Kermitthefraggle
England, UK168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We went on New Year’s Eve to see the Festival of Light and the fireworks - we had a great time, the parking was well organised and even though we arrived at lunchtime we were able to get lunch in the restaurant without a wait (reasonably priced and good food). We spent a few hours looking at the animals and the house, and then once it was dark we enjoyed the amazing lanterns. We didn’t do the safari as we’d arrived late in the day, but will definitely return later in the year to do that.

I wasn’t sure what to expect as we’ve not been to Longleat before, but the whole thing was really good and very well organised - we were very impressed. The event was sold out but even so it didn’t ever feel overcrowded with visitors and it was a nice relaxing afternoon/evening.
Written January 3, 2020
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Dear polkadotwelly We are delighted to learn that you had such an enjoyable experience at Longleat that you have awarded us with a 5 star rating on Trip Advisor! We have an amazing number of experiences to offer to our guests across a vast area as you found out during your visit. We are rich in history as well as providing our guests with an educational, fun and interactive experience! Months of work will go towards creating our Festival of Light season and we are delighted that you appreciated this and had such an enjoyable visit. We agree that the lanterns are highly impressive! We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Kind regards Susannah Guest Services Team Longleat
Written March 4, 2020
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