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“A fantastic family afternoon for all ages, good wheelchair access and fabulous tea room”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Monkey Haven

Monkey Haven
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Welcome to Monkey Haven - your gateway to the wild and wonderful world occupied by our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. We're a happy home to whooping gibbons, cheeky capuchins, birds of prey and many more exotic creatures. We care for monkeys and other animals in need, in our lovely sanctuary outside Newport. Monkey Haven is a Gold Award winning attraction with plenty for you to see and do, so why not swing on by and visit us soon!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Milton Keynes
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“A fantastic family afternoon for all ages, good wheelchair access and fabulous tea room”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

We wondered whether it would be a good value all age attraction and found it to be our favourite of everywhere we visited in a week on the Isle of Wight.
First of all don't be put off by what seems a small attraction, there is so much so see participate in and enjoy. The owls are quite amazing and the staff are all so keen to talk and share their knowledge, for instance we learnt about how wild birds try to fly down and snatch the food on the cage floor of the giant owl with a 7 foot wing span only to get a shock when they cannot reach it through the cage roof! How the male protected the female when she was nesting but stole the food for the chicks when they had hatched and attacked keepers trying to get into the cage. We even got to stroke the breast of an owl raised in the attraction owners home where it lived happily with their cat and dog!
Everything about the park is superb for access with a wheelchair or pushchair, the gradients gentle and the pathways wide clear and easy to use. The monkeys have great fun watching you and glass windows enable you to see inside their "huts" My daughter, 11, and her friend, 12, were captivated by monkeys and owls alike but were even more impressed by the play area with climbing frame that they thought was just like those in the monkey enclosures!
After almost two hours, my wife, 19 year old daughter and I were amazed we had been there that long, decided to retreat to the warmth of a spotless tea room and conservatory, spotlessly clean and wheelchair/pushchair accessible. I was very impressed to find a gluten free selection of cakes that were reasonably priced and excellent to taste. So refreshing to find somewhere that catered for special diets and special needs visitors.
After almost 4 hours we met the father and son owners, who had built the park themselves, as we were thinking it must be close to closing time, not a word of it they said anyone who wanted to stay on after the official closing time was very welcome to do so and they were happy to speak and share what they were doing. They really were an example of how things could be to other attraction owners. They had even had the handrails made and fixed to the fence by metal monkey shaped supports and the wood fence posts each had a different owl carved on their tops - wonderful attention to detail that runs throughout the park.
We stayed for over four hours and all agreed we would return on our next island holiday.
Finally the gift shop had a wide range of themed products that covered the pocket money budget to expensive price range.

Visited April 2013
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English first
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43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Small but BRILLIANT!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

I loved this place. Friendly girl on arrival who we paid and got a discount for being Isle of Wight residents. Nice surprise! Excellent animals. One member of staff was feeding the owls and took the time to talk to us about them and was very knowledgeable. Had a lot of fun watching the monkeys too. Cute and funny! Very well kept site and they are expanding it which is great. You can tell this place is run on passion which makes it so much better than the usual tourist traps! Yummy tea and cake in the cafe and beautiful, very reasonably priced gifts in the shop. Extremely happy with my visit!

Visited March 2013
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Lancing, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Good day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

Lovely place to visit.Cages clean and animals well cared for.
Not too big so children won't get bored and 2 playgrounds to play in if they want.
Very nice gift shop and reasonably priced goods.
Lovely cakes in tea room!

Visited April 2013
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Good place to visit for the disabled”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

I took a group of disabled people here and it has been designed well with good facilitys for the disabled. As time goes by the place is getting bigger and new enclosures being developed. We had the chance to stroke an owl which was great. All the exhibits look clean and well looked after.The Cafe is nice clean and on a good day sitting outside is great.

Visited April 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lovely little place - enjoyed "singing" monkeys”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

We visited this little place on our August visit last year and enjoyed the informative talks on the way round, the antics of the monkeys and the well maintained grounds and enclosures. The lasting image, however was the "singing" monkeys who sat at the top of their enclosure after entertaining us with their play and harmonised together - were they playing to the crowd or just having fun? - whatever it was they seemed very happy. I have mixed feelings about zoos etc but had a good feeling about this one - they seem to be doing a good job.

Visited August 2012
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