Curraghs Wildlife Park

Curraghs Wildlife Park, Ballaugh: Hours, Address, Curraghs Wildlife Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Curraghs Wildlife Park
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Curraghs Wildlife Park is on the Ballaugh Curragh which is a site of special scientific interest and designated as an internationally recognised wetland habitat of importance (Ramsar site). With nearly 100 different species set in over 30 acres of open walk through exhibits and a beautiful tranquil setting this is a wildlife Park with a difference. The Park is s laid out in geographic regions; African Bush, Asian Swamp, European Marsh, Amazon forest, American Trail, Outback and the Pampas. In the popular children's adventure play ground area you will find the Meerkats and Prairie dogs. The Orchard line miniature railway is one of the longest miniature railway line in the British Isles and is loved by all ages, it runs every Sunday as well as other holiday days. With the Giant Bouncy Jumping Pillow and Mni-diggers this is the premier all day attraction on the Isle of Man. For rainy days there is an indoor soft play area to keep the kids entertained.Summer 2014 will see the adition of an exciting new play area called 'Enchanted Wood'. The restaurant is open every day and serves everything from snacks, home baking and ice creams to sit down meals. The nature trail is an excellent easily accessible way to see the Curragh (Manx willow bog) and all the diverse indigenous species it supports. You can spend a whole day here and just relax but even if you only have a couple of hours it's still worth the visit. We are open every day from 10am-6pm from Easter until the end of October, in the winter we are open weekends and school holidays. We are a BIAZA and EAZA member attraction.
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Jon P
Leyland, UK50 contributions
Family visit
Aug 2021
Great time had by all our party, lots of things for the kids to do, interesting talks, different play parks. Long queue for the cafe, we took a packed lunch. Reasonably priced day out and good value for money.
Written September 2, 2021
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Hi Jon, Thanks for taking time to visit and review us, glad you had a good day. The cafe does get a little busy in the height of summer on busy days at the peak service time but the rest of the time you should find there is no queue. Regards, Kathleen
Written September 14, 2021
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TERRY B
Congleton, UK41 contributions
Depressing and concerning
Aug 2021 • Family
Visited today with grandchildren and their parents. Only the second time in 5 years I've been since coming to the island.

Whilst the weather was disappointing this was not the reason for the rating. The park felt scruffy and unloved. The animals and birds were in poor quality enclosure and often sitting or laying down alone . They looked like the inpatients in One flew over the cuckoo's nest.

The 4 adults in our party noted this (as did the 13-year old) and came away with the intention of never returning.

The only bright spots in the day were the miniature railway and the children's activity areas

Never again
Written August 19, 2021
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Hi Terry, There have been a lot of developments at the Park and some enclosures are new and definitely not of poor quality. However there is more work to do and more improvements to come, so we have a rolling plan of improvements. We are always happy to have the community engaging in projects here . It means we can contribute to conservation breeding programs and as an EAZA zoo we also contribute to protection of species and habitats in the wild. An animal laying down may be just relaxing, and just because you only spot one does not mean that animal is alone, you just haven't spotted the others or in the case of some of our species like the fishing cat they like to be alone. We have high standards of welfare here, so your comment about inpatients is subjective and reflects how you had already decided to interpret animal behaviors. Did you attend any of the feed talks? Staff and volunteers here are happy to chat and explain anything you want to know about the animals. We are quite a big Park for a small island and community involvement makes the Park better, we have many passionate people who work hard to improve the park for our island, many are volunteers. So never say never why not come back and lend a hand? Regards, Kathleen
Written September 14, 2021
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anezreltub
Ramsey, UK83 contributions
Meerkats!
Aug 2020 • Family
Good range of animals in large habitat enclosures. Lots of different experiences with feeding times, talks etc. Lots of things for younger children, soft play, parks, jumping pillow and rope swing etc. Plenty of picnic tables and benches. Nice cafe by the lake of flamingos where we had an ice cream. Good day out at a decent price.
Written August 21, 2020
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Manxscorpio
Ramsey, UK223 contributions
Lots to do and see !
Aug 2020 • Family
Here for a day with Grandchildren. Lovely hot day and very busy. Had a trip on the narrow gauge railway. A variety of animals and marine life to see which was educational. Fun in the play area and then lunch in the cafe. Highly recommended for all ages.
Written August 13, 2020
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Andrew K
Douglas, UK288 contributions
My daughter's favourite place
Mar 2020
Whenever my daughter visits the Isle of Man, she insists we go to the Wildlife Park. She's 37, and mad keen on animals and photography. It was very quiet when we visited this time, being a cold out-of-season schoolday, so we had the place much to ourselves. It's a delightful way to pass a few hours - our favourites are the penguins (wonderful to watch at feeding time)' the lemurs (natural acrobatic clowns); and the pelicans (impossibly absurd-looking creatures) - my daughter ignored the sign warning that they have sharp beaks, and let them try to swallow her arm, so her hand stank of sardines for hours!). We rounded the visit off with an excellent snack at the Mangrove Cafe. The whole visit was really good value for money, as you can stay as long as you like, and there's masses to see.
Written March 15, 2020
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McCharlie1
20 contributions
Been loads of times before, an it always makes a good experience!
Feb 2020
Love coming to this wildlife park, so much to see and do. You can even watch some animals eat. Although I don’t think the zoo keepers have been keeping a close eye on the cheeky red pandas, because some have escaped lately.
There’s also a small cafe Within the park very slow but nice food. As you walk around the porky pines you will see a giant bouncy pillow for kids to jump and have fun.
But beware wild pelicans are on the loose.

Would definitely come here again.
Written February 23, 2020
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Hi McCharlie123! Thanks for your visit and review, hope to see you again! Regards, Kathleen
Written February 26, 2020
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LadyAzul
El Borge76 contributions
Wonderfully set out Park..
Jan 2020
We Took the two grandsons on a blustery cold day..but it was great...so much to see and do..plenty of diversions to keep the boys happy..from the feeding times..to the well set out play areas..and all the animal and wild bird enclosures..They love the cheeky active monkeys..and the Penguins..
We brought our own picnic and warm drinks as the cafe was closed tempoarily, and it was a super educational experience for them..and us.
Will go back in the summer months to enjoy the miniature railway running through the Park..as we did this before with other granchildren..now grown up.
As Old age Pensioners we never tire of our frequent visits to the Curraghs, always something new to see and enjoy.
Written February 4, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review! You will be glad to know the café is now open after a make-over it is now called the Mangrove café and serves hot meals and snakes in a nice fresh décor. We look forward to seeing you again in the summer! Regards, Kathleen
Written February 12, 2020
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Matt C
Rock11 contributions
Nothing to do with bikes !!
Jun 2019
What a find !! Visited with family and really enjoyed the whole visit. The animals will love you if you do !!
Written December 10, 2019
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Thank you! Glad you enjoyed! Regards, Kathleen.
Written February 12, 2020
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197SEC
Inverness, UK61 contributions
Lots of animals
Oct 2019
Well worth a visit, allow at least 2-3 hours for visit. There are lots of animals which all looked healthy and well cared for. Very reasonable entrance fee. Children's play areas and a cafe too.
Written October 22, 2019
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Thanks for visiting and sharing your review! Regards, Kathleen.
Written October 23, 2019
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lorac2009
Shrewsbury, UK104 contributions
Wild !
Sep 2019 • Couples
We visited here in the afternoon, it’s definitely value for money and the layout of the park is excellent, it’s fun walking through gated areas where there are animals roaming free, not the man eating kind obviously ! Set in a nice rural area (like most of the Isle of Man) and lots of British wild birds to spot to flying and hopping around. Not the biggest but one of the most charming wildlife parks. Recommended for all ages
Written September 19, 2019
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Thank you! Thanks for your visit and your review. We hope you enjoyed the rest of the Isle of Man too! Regards, Kathleen
Written September 24, 2019
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