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Curraghs Wildlife Park

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Address: Main Road, Ballaugh IM7 5EA
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+44 1624 897323
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The Curraghs Wildlife Park is on the Ballaugh Curragh which is a site of...

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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Good day out!

Visited the Wildlife park today and we had a good day. Love all the new construction and renovation work. Still feel that the fishing cat is bored and just walks in a figure of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 23, 2016
Barbara I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Unlike most zoos where animals were kept strictly in cages, some animals here can move quite freely that you can even see mammals and birds of notable sizes on the pavement. There is also a great natural trial about the local biosphere. Animal skins and bones were shown to the guests with explanation from very friendly and helpful staff.

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Thank Chris L
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Living on the Isle of Man, this is a great place to take young kids. But we didn't realise, until we had family with little kids from UK stay with us, that they said it was very good value for money compared with zoos across in UK. There is loads to do here for families; bouncy cushion, playground and indoor... More 

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Ramsey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Visited the Wildlife park today and we had a good day. Love all the new construction and renovation work. Still feel that the fishing cat is bored and just walks in a figure of eight!! Joined the rest. I Would fully recommend to anyone!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Drove here from Douglas over part of the TT course, and still can't believe how crazy the motorcyclists are doing over 100mph here, Arrived at the wildlife park, expecting it to be a nice small zoo but could see more plantlife than animals. it is quite spread out, so my children found it a bit boring walking between enclosures, particularly... More 

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Kathleen G, General Manager at Curraghs Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. You obviously visited during the festival of motorcycling then! The Park is spacious and natural but if you take the time to look you will see plenty of the animals, ask a member of staff to help point out the best spots to view. We have a number of play areas... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We drove here from Douglas which was about 25 mins away and was a really scenic drive past hills and forests. Plenty of parking outside the park. It cost is £18 for 2 adults and a baby and we spent about 2.5 hours at the park. We managed to catch the Pelicans feeding session and then went on to see... More 

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Kathleen G, General Manager at Curraghs Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Thanks for writting a review and glad you had a great day out. The trains are entirley run by volunteers of a modle steam club so it would be impossible to run every day but it is good that they commit to running every Sunday, bank holidays and Thursdays during the school summer holidays for visitors. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to almost be involved in a hop-by incident with an escaped wallaby as one literally jumped by my nephew as he stepped onto a path. After the bouncing pillow..the highlight of my visit! The Park is fabulous. You are so up close and interactive to the animals it is an experience like no other. Love love... More 

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Thank QueenMaeve L
Kathleen G, General Manager at Curraghs Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! It surprises people to know that there is a wild Wallaby population in the Isle of Man and the Park has some wild wallabies within the Park boundary......so it wasn't an escapee but a wild one! Really glad you had a good day. More 

Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Just got back from the park. Nice walks around the park and great for kids with plenty of play areas. Wish I could say the same for some of the animals. Some of them look so miserable there was an otter swimming about on his own in a small pool in muddy water. Elk laying in a muddy field. Someone... More 

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Kathleen G, General Manager at Curraghs Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. It’s not unusual for people to feel uneasy about animals in captivity. We often 'feel' that the wild is truly the best place for them, the truth is the wild can be a very dangerous place where animals have to struggle for survival. Sadly this situation is getting worse for many of our endangered species, take... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

Had a fantastic day out, seeing the animals. There was loads to do with talks, feeding times and even a falconry demonstration. I loved the way the park was separated into different areas and thought the mini railway was one of the best we had ever been on.

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Kathleen G, General Manager at Curraghs Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit and the review! More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

What can I say . This place is amazing I visited Isle of Man for few days an got to visit this lovely place . The animals r amazing . There is a lovely walk all away round the park with picnic benches an a little cafe . There is loads of play areas for kids of all ages to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

A very enjoyable day out, the selection of animals is brilliant with some of the enclosures very modern and stimulating for the animals, the feeding times are fun to watch and the train is always a must for any visit! Make sure you bring a picnic though as the cafe is very overpriced. The children's park and the bouncing cushion... More 

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Kathleen G, General Manager at Curraghs Wildlife Park, responded to this review

Thank you Richard for your review! And thank you for voting us the best visitor attraction on the Isle of Man, local support is very important to us. We do our best to offer a full ‘What’s on’ Program in the summer and rely on volunteers to help deliver this so the more volunteers we have the more we can... More 

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