Best zoo i've been to in ages!! Its not the biggest of places and at time can feel a bit cramped but the overall atmosphere was enjoyable. Try and go in the morning as the afternoon can get quite busy. The animals were great, loved the otters and prairie dogs! The picture of the Tapir which squirted the unwary passer-by was hilarious. The animal demonstrations were good and the involvement of the audience expanded the experience. Although i think making me handle the snake was taking it a bit too far!
Spent most of the day here and the kids loved it. There are cafes on site but these are expensive so i'd advise taking your own picnic with you word of warning here there are wild birds walking around that will, if they get the chance, pinch your picnic.
This is a must for every Cornwall holiday.
We live nearby to twycross but much prefer this zoo. It's inexpensive and a far nicer place to walk around. Twycross has a huge amount of monkeys but they are mostly in little cages - at Newquay they've got their monkeys on a little open air island in a pond. There is no cage at all and they are contained by the water.
It's this kind of feeling you get all round the zoo where they've obviously thought about the happiness of the animals as well as the paying public. You get very close to the animals, have Chipmunks crossing over your head in tubes.
There are also play areas and places to have picnics.
When we went I could have my hand stamped and nip back to the car to get my picnic stuff.
They also have animal visits where they take smaller animals and reptiles round to schools and holiday parks.
A really great place with caring staff.
I visited the zoo whilst on holiday last year and i really liked it, it cost £8 each for me and my boyfriend to get in which i thought was reasonable as we ended up spending about 4 hours here.
We didn't have a car so cannot comment on the parking costs.
The Zoo had a lot of animals like birds walking about plus a horse/goat type creature just roaming around. It had a mini farm for the children and i got to see the penguins being fed which i loved, a baby one kept wandering up to me and i couldn't be torn away.
The otters were adorable too.
The zoo had a lion and lioness but i felt the zoo was too small for this and the restaurant was expensive but otherwise i really liked it.
This is a great day out, I hadn't heard of Newquay Zoo before and didn't know what to expect. I was very pleasantly suprised. To start with it was very easy to find and offers plenty of parking space. The zoo itself is large and you can easlily spend a whole day there. There is a wide variety of animals to be seen from lions to dwarf deer (really cute). My favourite part was the otter enclosure. I could have spent an entire visit just looking at these guys playing. I have been fascinated with them ever since.
Shop is your typical gift shop with lots of tacky stuff which I suppose would appeal to the kids. Parking is a bit expensive
A contentious one this, as I know many people have really strong views about the very existence of Zoos, and whether they should be here at all.
However, I'm not getting into that! The main reason for that is, as they go, this is a really good one. It's clear from the minute you walk in that the staff really care about the animals, and that the animals are extremely well cared for.
They have the usual suspects - penguins; monkeys; reptiles; birds: the sort of species you'd expect. They also have 2 lions and zebra. Naturally, I'd prefer to see these animals in the wild, on their home turf, but they do look really well. I guess if seeing these magnificent creatures in captivity would distress you, you'd probably best avoid it. If not, it's really a thrill to be able to see them up so close.
It's also worth noting that the Zoo works very closely with the local schools - education and conservation are at the forefront of their ethos and I, for one, applaud them for that.
Fantastic zoo in Newquay which handily is right next to the local leisure centre which has a very child friendly pool, so great for a long day out!
The zoo is a good size with a vast array of animals, my son especially loves the 'tropical rainforest' that they have in one of their buildings where you can see lots of creature in their 'natural environment' without bars and glass in the way.
They have a couple big snakes as well which always go down well with little boys I find!
They have feeding sessions with the animals including the penguins and lionsalthough obviously you only get to watch the lions being fed!!
They have loads of picnic areas and play areas for children, and all in all it makes a fantastic day outthe only trauma of the day can be getting out of the door without several stuffed animals as like many places they have cunningly put the gift shop where you ahve to walk through to leave!
One of my favourite places in Cornwall and I have lived here all my life x
A very good zoo. Not too big but they have a great range of animals including some big cats and zebras. Our children particularly enjoyed the penguins and the meerkats. The animals all appear well cared for and this is a much nicer zoo than some we've been to e.g. Twycross. Not too expensive and if you go slightly off-season it's never too busy. It's probably not a whole day out but right next door is a good swimming pool with slides etc and the two combined can make for a very full and fun-packed family day out. Can't comment on the food as we would always take a picnic.
i loved this zoo apart for some stray birds and peacocks walking about which i hated i thought this was a normal zoo but how wrong was i it's a conservation zoo. it's wonderful loads to do and see they hold birthday parties and clubs it's educational as well.
the photo doesn't do this monkey justice it was only 2 inches
I was very disappointed with this zoo. It is very small and I dont think the admission cost is jusified. We walked around the whole place in a couple of hours. The animals seemed well cared for, but they just didnt have enough room. Some of hem were clearly bored a being cooped up in a small place. I am not anti-zoos, I think they are a great place for animalswho need to be in captivity, but this zoo just doesnt cut it. They dont have all the big animals you would expect like elephants for instance. The worst thing I found though is the fact that you have to pay to park. This is was too much ontop of the hefty admission fees. We wont be returning unless there is a half price (at least) offer which might make it worth while.
I came to this zoo and had an amazing time! There is a great range of animals, which seem well cared for and looked after. Unfortunately I chose to go an hour before closing, and didn't get to see as much as I would have liked. Although I would definitely return. The admission price is fair, and it is in a nice location with scenic surroundings. The actual zoo can feel a bit like a maze, with different animals all over the place. Even when you go to leave, there are another two huge buildings with more animals, such as amphibians and reptiles. The staff is wonderful and friendly, and was more than willing to answer any questions about the animals, or to stop and help. I had a truly great time at this zoo and would recommend it to anyone with a family or even just to anyone alone.
I visited this zoo last summer and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It took aroud and hour to see everything there was to see, so not exactly a family day out. This was accompanied by high entry prices and excessive parking fees.
Fantastic zoo in Newquay which handily is right next to the local leisure centre which has a very child friendly pool, so great for a long day out!...
this is a small zoo but a great atmosphere where the kids can really gt up clsoe the staff are very friendly and always happy to talk to you and the children it is reasonably priced and better out of season.
defo the best family day out in cornwall.
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