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“Made a few new friends”
Review of Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Colwyn Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This conservation zoo has a wide range of rare and endangered animals from around the world.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Liverpool
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Made a few new friends”
Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

The animals are great and are not shy to come say hello. Don't think I've ever been so close to an alligator! Great fun day out!

Visited October 2013
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Rhyl, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Needs some TLC”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

I went to the zoo as a last minute decision with my little boy who is 6 months old. Being a slightly smaller zoo than other one's around, it was perfect for a baby as it was just enough to grab his attention and to introduce him to all the different animals in real life as opposed to those in his books.

The positives are that they have some amazing animals and although on a small scale they have large brown bears, red panda's, tigers and alligators which are all beautiful, however here come the negatives.. The bird of prey display is fab and when the penguins come out they walk so close to you, you could touch them ( not that your allowed) but just so great to see

At £10 for one adult this is not what I consider cheap or expensive, however if it is for the upkeep of the animals, was more than willing to pay.

They seriously need to pay attention to their signs, I was wondering around and stumbled upon the gorgeous tiger and bears that they have as opposed to finding them myself. Some area's need some TLC as the monkey house has broken/cracked windows and they look like they could do with some more equipment.. Another point was the pathways, some are so steep I almost stumbled and nearly let go of the pram I appreciate that this is due to the location, but no railings are there for you to get extra stability especially in the wet. Some paths are just broken stones on sand which when pushing a pram is not easy and then when walking from the new area that is going to house the red panda towards where the flamingo's the terrain is terrible and you have to then cross a grassy field to get to them, then push it back to get to the path.

Yes I understand that they rely on donations but surely with entrance fees like this they can tend to such details. The café was not very welcoming and at first was convinced it was closing although it was only 230pm but it was clearly the employee cleaning up early with the chairs stacked ontop of the tables. It was only later I heard that it was open by which time I was leaving, I thought this quite poor to be honest. The other niggle I had was when in the shop I purchased a little ornament which was £3.99 and was told I had to spend £5, now in days gone by I would of understood this, but not now when debit cards are direct out of the bank account.. I would of preferred if they had asked me to make a donation than enforce such a ridiculous rule as I had to scour the store for another 10 mins to find something that cost £1.01.

On the whole if you want a day out with the animals at leisure and do not want to walk far ( although it is very very hilly ) then this is a must...They almost have it right, but just needs a little bit more...

I think one way they could give incentives would be when children come from the local schools they have a free pass to come back with their families.. They have paid for the trip from school,but when they go home to tell their parents how much fun they had to get a free ticket to return would get their parents to probably take them.. just a thought

Visited October 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Lovely Zoo a great day out”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

Second time visiting this place and it really is worth it. It's right up in the hills overlooking amazing views. The animals seem really happy and content and very free. There's a great range to see and if you're a sucker for a cute face this is definitely the place for you. Great for kids has an interactive farm but watch out for the goats because they ate my scarf. They also do talks where the animals roam free, the penguins walked straight past us and they were the sweetest things. It's a good walk round the whole site. The toilets are about the cleanest I have ever seen public loo wise. Nice little gift shop and not over priced. Will be returning here again and again and hopefully bringing more family with me.

Visited September 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great day out!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Welsh mountain zoo made a great day out, the animals were lovely and there was lots to see, especially the snow leopard

Visited October 2013
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Malta
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Interesting and well-kept”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Lot of animals to see and well kept.
Pleasing staff.
Fun for children of all ages.
The zoo shop offers a wide variety of gifts and souvenirs.

Visited January 2013
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