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“Poor Value for Money”

Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Ranked #1 of 52 things to do in Doncaster
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed May 26, 2011

The car park was shocking! Made from old railway ballast.
The paths around the park were filthy and dusty. Looked like old ash. Not good after rain.
It resembles more a country park, with Lamas and Sheep.
I was very excited about the Lima walk through, after reading all the hype on their internet site, but how dissapointing. They have a massive enclosure, and i was expecting to be surrounded by them leaping and jumping around. How different, we saw 3 of them sat on the floor huddled together with no sign of movement.
The cafe was not a pleasurable experience, it was hollow and very un-welcoming.
On the plus side, the lion enclosure was very good. But for £12 each??????????
We arrived at 13:30 and had left by 14:50, this including something to eat in the cafe.

This attraction is by no means worth the prices, a quick tot up:
£24 for two adults
£22 in the cafe
£15 for the petrol to get there and back.

Not impressed, £12 admitance each, is going into the realms of admitance to Chester Zoo in Winter, which we did last year, and there is a lot more to do there, even in winter we spent a full day at Chester Zoo.

12  Thank WestRiding1984
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Reviewed May 13, 2011

My 2 friends and I had a fabulous day at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Sat Nav directions got us there with no problems. The park is well planned, and the programme of events kept us busy all day. We arrived just before noon and didn't leave until after 5pm. There are many different animal and bird species, and they all looked well cared for, - it's a great photo opportunity!
The park is just a nice size, not too big, we were able to get round to see all the animals, it's all on the flat too. There's plenty of picnic areas, seats loos, and play areas for the children too.
It was lovely to get "up close and personal" with many of the animals, and we particularly enjoyed the birds of prey demonstration-we had a soft spot for Bently the hooded vulture! We would definitely recommend this attraction to both young and old, and will certainly be returning when the tigers and other new animals arrive.

6  Thank Andream66
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

just got back from a fab day out with my partner and kids age 2 and 9 months. it is still a work in progress and there expanding alot so there are a few work sites. we arrved at 11 and left at 3.30, its 12 per adult and kids under three are free, my partner is in the raf and we got a forces discount to 7.50 per adult. the best part for me was the lemurs you can walk through there enclosure and it says not to stroke them cos they can bite but they are comical the way they jump from tree to tree, and they came really close so could get some good pics. we took a picnic there are plenty of seating areas even under shelter if it rains. the shows are great to watch and the staff are very friendly. you can also walk the the farm animals and walaby enclosure. i read a few negative reviews but it hasnt been a wildlife park for long, formally a petting zoo. i think the negative reviews are harsh. the work which is been carried out are going to make it even better, and we will be returning

3  Thank lauranic
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

Firstly, i would say this is a fantastic place to go . Very friendly staff and clean park . Lemur woods is fantastic . What i would say to people in the summer season the price is £12 in winter its half this , It can take u an hour to walk round and see all the animals,but this can be said for any zoo or safari park (ie knowsley) if u find this the case,then why not go aorund again, have yourself a picnic in the woodland play area or go to one of the ranger talks . They have lion talks, wallaby feeding .meerkat feeding . If u time the talks right u can go from one to another and be there hours . They are still expanding so there IS building work going on they have recently got 3 leopards (on show end of summer) and more tigers to follow ......and maybe a giraffee or 2 ..........and squirrel monkeys.
In regards negative veiws, places like this are what u make them . I could happily spend hours watching the lions and when they roar what a fantastic sound . I have a 12 month pass at £35 so i go at least once a fortnight.
My last visit was on the 3/11 where in front of me was a mardy couple with 2-3 kids the man of the household thought it was better to moan about this place to someone on his phone then try and take in the magic of these wonderfull and rare creatures weather there asleep or not .
The food is ok (bank holiday weekend they had bbq's and ice creams which was nice) the cafe is expensive and not brill, but what attraction is,if your going to be picky asda isnt to far.
The park shop is also very well done out with lots of gifts

3  Thank DRFC182
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

Having read the reviews of the park just recently I was in two minds as to whether to visit or not, well I am so glad we went what a super smashing place, on arrival we were greeted by a lovely lady who conversered with us and our young son.
The Price was £33.00 and considering the price of most things these day i was quite happy to pay it, the lady explained what there was to do around the park.
On entering the main courtyard we made our way across to the meerkat enclosure, what delight they brought to us such busy little animals and a busy place for people, we then made our along to Lion Country and WOW is the only way to discribe what we saw, a large enclosure with some very happy lions sleeping in sunshine behaving as they would in the wild which we found out after talking to a lovely keeper who was very passionate about them.
Africa Plains what a super space for the animals, not like other zoos i have visited where animals a crammed into tiny enclosures, i really don't understand why people would on here would want to see animals in a small space?
The New Tiger walkway was open for a sneak preview and that was truly without a doubt the best thing I have seen of any zoo or safari park, we did snatch a glance of the tiger however he was settling to his new enclosure so it's only be expected that he was feeling abit nervous and camera shy, again the keeper was very informative when asking questions.
The Birds of prey show was so good, The falconer called tom made it a fun but informative.
The gift shop was packed full of goodies to sort all ages and budgets.
Final verdict I would recommend this place to anyone who has an open mind to what massive potential this place has to offer, to have a wildlife park right on my doorstep is just what we as family wanted as our nearest is either chester or knowsley.
Yes things are still being built but that adds to the excitment of wanting to come back see what they have done next.
May have to become annual pass holder!!

Well Done

10  Thank J0nnyM
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