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“Enjoyable time for the family”
Review of Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo
Ranked #8 of 60 things to do in Newquay
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Set in lush sub-tropical gardens, Newquay Zoo is home to more than 1,000 of the world's rare and exciting creatures. Just a short walk from Newquay's town centre and world famous surfing beaches, the Zoo is both one of Cornwall's most exciting visitor attractions and a leading conservation charity. It's the only place in Cornwall where you can see lions devour their lunch before taking a leisurely stroll through a tropical rainforest, surrounded by free flying birds. Keeper talks and animal feeds take place throughout the day but if you fancy an even closer animal encounter we offer visitors the chance to meet and feed our cheeky lemurs, friendly penguins and impossibly cute meerkats! See wildebeest, waterbuck, nyala antelope and zebra roaming in our African Savannah and enjoy some familiar faces in The Village Farm - one of our most popular exhibits which includes many children's favourites such as pot-bellied pigs, African pygmy goats, turkeys and striped squirrels. And if all that isn't enough to keep the kids amused, we also have activity trails, face painting, a children's play area, dragon maze...and much more. Besides enjoying a great family day out, when you visit Newquay Zoo you'll also be supporting our vital education, research and conservation work, all designed to protect endangered animals from extinction. We're playing a key role in the international effort to save animals through conservation breeding.
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Enjoyable time for the family”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

There was an overcast day so we decided to have a zoo day.

We thoroughly enjoyed it. None of the monkeys dared come out in the cold but we saw pretty much ever other animal.

The highlight was the otters and that was worth the admission price alone. It is unusual to see them at such close quarters as they are normally seen from afar through dirty glass or through protective wire fencing. No such obstacles at the zoo.

It's not a big zoo but I thought the standard was high and the construction was top notch.

If you have an overcast day on your holiday then give it a try.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Isabella G
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“An very enjoyable experience but a bit expensive!”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

I took my 4 year old daughter to the zoo on our recent trip to Newquay and although we enjoyed looking at all the different animals and playing on the two play area's I did feel the entrance fee was a bit expensive (£12.65 for an adult and £9.90 for a child). Saying that you did have the option of going back as many times as you wanted for 7 days but since we only had one spare day it didn't matter to us. There is a small cafe with a good selection of food which was reasonably priced and I also noticed a picnic area whilst walking round. We were at the zoo for about three hours which for us was plenty as it is only small.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Jane333_10
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“A Great Little Zoo”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

My family - me, hubby and two girls age 12 and 2 enjoyed a great day out at Newquay Zoo the last Sunday in March. There are lots of animals, my girls especially liked the tiny baby Otters, the Meercats , the tropical house and the Lions. We listened to a few, well done talks and took a picnic as it was a dry sunny day, as to eat in the Café can make the day quite expensive for a family of four. Although if your budget allows - we have eaten there in the past and the food is good. There are loads of spacious picnic benches and a hut close by selling hot/cold drinks/ice creams at a reasonable price. The baby change room is not far from the play area and was spotlessly clean. The whole Zoo is very well kept and clean. We arrived at around 10.30 am and left around 3.30pm. The only animals we didn't catch sight of were the Fishing Cats but we shall return and no doubt see them next time!

Visited March 2013
2 Thank BeanieEF
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“A few hours entertainment”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Entrance fee is maybe a bit high, also I think they would benefit by explaining how you are helping with conservation by paying the higher rate etc. Perhaps it would be more professional to hand out maps that are better quality than the photocopied black and white ones!?

There is a fair amount to see at Newquay zoo. It is good you can return within 7 days but do you need to see it all again within a week? Some of the areas are not so accessible for wheel chair users.

We heard and saw quite a few of the talks and they were all interesting, catered for children to listen to as well. You get the chance to feed a penguin a fish. This is 50p a time. I overheard one of the keepers saying on a busy day they can make £500 on this method alone. Your time here can be extended by doing all the activities.

Toilet facilities clean. Staff all very friendly and happy.

Maybe Newquay zoo could be improved by placing more seating areas so you can watch say the lions or zebras etc. I would still recommend visiting here for a day out. It is nice to see animals in their enclosures and watch them. I found the Asian otters especially cute!

Visited April 2013
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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“Big Variety of Animals”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

We visit Newquay fairly often, as we have annual passes, and are never disappointed. Even though the zoo isn't one of the biggest in the country, it still has a large variety of animals and these are all well looked after. There is a mix of large, hoofed animals like wildebeest and zebra from the African savannah, primates from different parts of the world, birds, and other things like tropical, cold blooded animals like reptiles and insects.
The talks are always inclusive, and sometimes invite visitors to feed the animals (namely meerkats and penguins) for a small fee which always aids the zoo to further their abroad projects and build new exhibits. The staff are friendly and willing to answer any questions you have about the animals.
I would definitely recommend this zoo to anyone who is interested in animals or looking for something to do in Cornwall at any time of the year.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank ZoeJ289
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