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South Lakes Safari Zoo

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Broughton Road | Melton Terrace, Dalton-in-Furness LA15 8JR, England
Review Highlights
Felt friendly & animals content and well cared for in good space with plenty of green.

Good day out with granddaughter. Although not a big fan of seeing animals in "captivity" those here... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2016
London, United Kingdom
Mixed feelings

I have mixed feelings about this place after my first visit with my husband and son. It's great... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2016
Sarah B
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Explore, Discover, Adventure, South Lakes Safari Zoo. From the Swahili word meaning journey or expedition SAFARI ZOO is a unique journey into the animal kingdom. Come face to face with and discover Rhinos, Lions, Tigers, Bears, Hippos, Wolves, Snow leopards, Jaguar, Giant otters, Primates, Vultures, Penguins and much, much more at the UK's most interactive animal park and Europe’s only Safari Zoo.. You’ll have a fantastic adventure immersed with some of the rarest wildest animals on the planet. HEAR. TOUCH. SMELL. SEE feed your senses and the animals too - Hand feed giraffes every day, walk in amongst and hand feed penguins; wander amongst and discover kangaroo, lemurs, monkeys, free flying birds – including (for the brave) vultures and condors all living wild in the park. Daily interactive animal keeper led talks and animal feedings.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“big cats” (151 reviews)
“picnic area” (90 reviews)
“gift shop” (162 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Broughton Road | Melton Terrace, Dalton-in-Furness LA15 8JR, England
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Good day out with granddaughter. Although not a big fan of seeing animals in "captivity" those here seemed to have a fairly natural environment with space to choose from, trees, ponds/streams and some shared with other animals so interest too. Had slight sense of being...More

Thank DeeDianaCosford
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

I have mixed feelings about this place after my first visit with my husband and son. It's great that kids are free and many animals are roaming free such as Lemurs but a lot of the enclosures for the other animals seem really cramped. We...More

1  Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Visited the zoo yesterday looking forward to going as we had been before.However we found it not to be the same this time around.Place is looking shabby and has a feel of not being looked after some paths need to be repaired as in some...More

3  Thank Frank W
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Lots of options to buy extra experiences when you purchase tickets. We paid £6 for bands for kids to cover feeding certain animals and train rides. Sadly as it was so busy we did not get to use them as much as we would have...More

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Visited here before and went today and the new changes have made a difference to the park. Few down falls for me were the tiger feeding everyone cramped round the low level fencing were as before they used to be a high level decking walk...More

Thank G4SHB
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Great day out, lovely animals and great to get the opportunity to feed some of them! The gift shop was fab as was the cafe. The only downside was the steam train which we waited 20 minutes for and it only last about 30 seconds

Thank sarahd1108
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We visited the park today and spent 6 hours there I could not believe we spent 6 hours there it was amazing all the things we seen and did I enjoyed the new picnic area and my children certainly enjoyed the new play park, there...More

1  Thank tony_chand2001
Reviewed 23 August 2016

My family and I all loved this place, you get so close to so many animals just running freely, it was great. Seeing the the Tigers feeding was a eye opener and my grandson got to feed the Penguins, although I paid extra for what...More

Thank Tina W
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We visited as a couple when staying in the area for the weekend. The park was very clean and we used a £10 per adult offer through the hotel which made it ok, if I'd paid full price I think I would have found it...More

Thank AP1308
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Wasn't sure about this place, they've had a lot of bad press due to the death of a keeper through poor health and safety practices, and the owner having had his licence renewal refused last month. In the end it was a decent enough visit,...More

4  Thank Dale R
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30 August 2017|
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Response from petervnichol | Reviewed this property |
There is another smaller zoo called south lakes safari park on the A between cockermouth and keswick if you have sat navigation you will find it easily it's smaller and can be done in a few hours and is well worth a visit on... More
15 August 2017|
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Response from Afshan N | Reviewed this property |
I have not seen any kennels there
Joanne W
14 August 2017|
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Response from thomas b | Reviewed this property |
Loads of good places for camping in lakes plenty for all ages easy to get around and not far from the safari zoo