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Dartmoor Zoological Park

#1 of 1 things to do in Sparkwell Features Animals
Sparkwell, Sparkwell PL7 5DG, England
+44 1752 837645
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Loved it!

After seeing the film based on this place I really wanted to visit. Was not disappointed. Was... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2015
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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Brilliant zoo

It rained constantly but we managed to see all the animals. The lions weren't active and mainly... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2015
Sam G
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Small friendly wildlife park/zoo on edge of Dartmoor featured on BBC TV series and the home of Hollywood movie, We Bought A Zoo starring Matt Damon.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Sparkwell, Sparkwell PL7 5DG, England
+44 1752 837645
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Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

After seeing the film based on this place I really wanted to visit. Was not disappointed. Was amazing day out. Restaurant served lovely range of food all reasonably priced. The zoo itself had a fab range of animals with my highlight being the tigers!!! Highly...More

Thank cg2792
Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

It rained constantly but we managed to see all the animals. The lions weren't active and mainly laid well away from view ( probably because of the rain) that been said I would recommend a visit. Nice little cafe too. Saw a meerkat talk which...More

Thank Sam G
Reviewed August 22, 2015

Year after year we come back to Dartmoor zoo, for us its like a walk into a wood and meeting wild animals around every corner. All the animals are looked after very well and have plenty of space to roam, unlike other so called zoos...More

1  Thank TeresaDave45
Reviewed August 21, 2015

A wonderful place not like an ordinary zoo you can get much closer to the animals. Don't expect a clean neat zoo it is more of a wildlife park but much better to see tigers and lions happier in there enclosures. Best time to stay...More

Thank marshalls12
Reviewed August 20, 2015

When we first arrived we didn't think it anything special but we were wrong. It's excellent. My personal highlight is the Jaguar and a close second was the tigers. We enjoyed wondering around the park and seeing all the animals. Would certainly recommend it to...More

Thank Celianeave
Reviewed August 20, 2015

We stayed at Sparkwell for the Plymouth Fireworks and, upon leaving our hotel, passed by the zoo and decided to go in. We were 3 adults with an 8-year-old. We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit. There were lots of very interesting animals, many of which...More

1  Thank LMitchell2
Reviewed August 20, 2015

We visited the zoo last Friday. Weather wasn't brilliant but our visit was excellent both for entertainment, education and value for money. We arrived just after 10 and were met at the centre of the zoo by Ray, a volunteer. He was most helpful pointing...More

Thank Jenny H
Reviewed August 19, 2015

We had a great day at Dartmoor Zoological Park. It is set in beautiful surroundings and walking around is a lovely stroll. The zoo has some impressive animals. We spent the day there (6 hours) and took a picnic but there is a restaurant if...More

Thank JoL75
Reviewed August 18, 2015

A wonderful mixture of natural countryside instespersed with amazing animals. The ground is gravelly and uneven in places (as if you go for a stroll in the country!) but people were accessing it adequately with pushchairs, mobility scooters & wheelchairs. We arrived at 11:30 and...More

Thank FamilyCW
Reviewed August 17, 2015

Small, but great Zoo with some fantastic views of animals. Falconry display was good to see. And fabulous to see Brown Bears, very unusual to see in the UK! Lovely day out.

Thank Katemstace
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Dawn S
March 2, 2017|
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Response from JIMIGOTHS | Reviewed this property |
the grey wolves are in a quarantine area, which they will be located in time. the other wolves, there are three wolves in one enclosure, which have an opening to larger grounds, they have complete freedom of these two... More
February 21, 2017|
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Response from JIMIGOTHS | Reviewed this property |
it can take about an hour to walk around whole zoo, but I tend to spend lots of time at one enclosure, so you can take as long as you require.
Rory O
August 5, 2016|
Response from margaret k | Reviewed this property |
When I visited recently with a friend we found the selection of meals limited and chose in the end not to eat there at all. It appeared that a lot of families took a packed lunch to eat at the many areas in the grounds.