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“Great place to go”
Review of Rare Breeds Centre

Rare Breeds Centre
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Upminster, United Kingdom
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284 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Great place to go”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

We had a great time here and had never visted before.

I loved the petting zoo part, which was great fun. Amazed at how the animals are so well behaved and don't try to run off!

We also tried to trailer ride, which was good fun. However the man didn't stop for anyone to get off, which was a bit weird and drive straight past some people waiting to be picked up.

We also ate in the cafe, which was nice.

The only downside was the price, but i understand why it is so expensive.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank Michelle F
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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202 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Brilliant Fun day out”
Reviewed April 28, 2012

Brilliant day out for all ages, lots of animal to pet and even lambs to feed (spring). The farm is really well managed and the trailer ride is not to be missed, the pigs are so huge and the piglets so tiny. Fab day out. Dont miss the walk up to the secret lake.

Visited April 2012
2 Thank disneymad1955
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Beckley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic place to go”
Reviewed April 17, 2012

We went to a Vintage fair here on Sunday. The Centre is a real find. Gorgeous animals, all beautifully cared for, facilities were excellent and there was lots to see, we will be returning with our grandson and friends with children as it is a lovely day out and helps raise money for a worthwhile charity and ensure these animals continue to live in such a wonderful environment.
The only thing that I should say is that before we went to the animal area we went to the centres restaurant which was really nice apart from ironically the 'Hospitality Manager'. We hadn't been before so weren't sure if it was table service etc so we went straight to him and asked if they did a full english breakfast, no smile, nothing, he just said "Menu's are on the table". We then saw the menus and and asked if we could have a coffee and again he just said "Coffees are at the machine down the end". We worked out that even though the menus were on the table, it was partially self service and we had to make our own coffees then order from him. He was so rude and unfriendly and not a good representation of such a lovely place, you need someone warm and friendly especially when lots of young families go there, maybe it was an off day?

Visited April 2012
1 Thank Cherry J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Rare Breeds - A rare find!”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

We visited the Rare Breeds Centre near-ish to Ashford, Kent for my Daughter's Birthday - The reviews we'd seen said allow 2 hours to half a day for a visit we were there the whole day from opening to closing and we still could have stayed longer! What a lovely place, even though everything wasn't open or available it was still a good fun day out. The animals all looked well cared for and the facilities were clean. The staff were friendly and helpful too!

I would totally suggest a visit there with your family, just make sure you take wellies or waterproof boots as it is muddy in places! :)

Visited February 2012
1 Thank Holiday-Mummy-of-2
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Super day out for a super price, but wear your wellies!”
Reviewed December 10, 2011

Been here a few times with my children and we have always had a brilliant time! We went for the Santa special yesterday after trying to go to the reindeer centre, we had a fantastic day, loads of animals to see, a cuddle corner where you can stroke them, hand wash area for after. Creepy corner with lots of bugs ect,birds of prey displays, 3 huge outdoor parks, lovely woodland walk to the lake, an indoor play area, restaurant do a carvery on a Sunday as well as other foods, saw alot of people eating and meals looked very reasonably sized, although we didn't eat in so cannot comment on the taste.

1 Thank Deni123
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