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“Long Day”

Howletts Wild Animal Park
Ranked #5 of 113 things to do in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Howletts Wild Animal Park is a 90 acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland that is ideal for great days out in Kent with the entire family.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed May 12, 2013

This is a must for children who love animals. You can take a picnic or get something to eat there. It is quite a walk for children and some of the elderly. All the children I know loved it there and were able to let of steam. There is also a playground for the children.

Thank maryfrancesg226
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

I was a bit concerned as what I would find, as the location is a bit hidden in the countryside, and was almost worried when I came across the entrance fee. However the park was much bigger than expected, and you are able to get a good view of most of the enclosures. A lot of time has been put into making sure you get a good view, and the animals have good equipment to keep them entertained.

Also the restaurant was great value, and gave huge portions. Much better than what you normally get at these venues.

I would recommend this place for a day out to see mainly monkeys and cats.

Thank jpsinclair
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Had a great day out at Howletts with our two year old granddaughter. However it although it was a bright day, the sun was not very warming and quite a few of the animals decided it was warmer indoors and did not appear. The temperature rose later, but some pens were still empty.

We particularly enjoyed the Gorilla's, for which Howletts are well known. Spent at least half an hour watching them. We will try again in the summer and hope we see more of the animals.

Again, because it was obviously early season most of the food outlets were closed. However we had taken a picnic so this did not inconvenience us.

Very clean and tidy, and everything looked well maintained, with plenty of room for the animals.

Thank highperformance
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We went today as a birthday treat and the park itself is a great space to visit. However, what was deeply disappointing and shameful is the accessibility pricing. One of our children is disabled and usually this would mean that a concession rate child's ticket is available, with a concession for a carer. However, laziness or greed means that concessions do not apply to the annual passes for repeat entry which seemed incredibly frustrating and unfair. When enquiring at the till we were simply told that the "management didn't think it was worth setting this pricing category up "

2  Thank Karen T
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We have been here a number of times using our annual passes, and sure it’s much better value having the pass, and we have renewed the pass again recently.

Every time we go we see something different, as these are wild animals they are not waiting for the visitors to showoff to, so each time we see something different.

The enclosures are wonderfully designed so some of the animals are often hard to see, that is part of the pleasure and the interest.

There are lions, different species of tigers, leopards, gorillas, monkeys, gibbons, lemurs, elephants, wild dogs, red river hogs, Brazilian tapirs, etc etc etc. There is so much to see and do. There are a number of places to eat and drink and for kids to play.

I see some comments on here regarding the price, stop and think of the cost of maintaining, feeding and caring for all these animals. It is owned by the Aspinal Foundation which is a charity, so all the money goes for the care of animals.

For us, this is a wonderful, wonderful place.

Thank GAMA-a1234567
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