Newquay Zoo
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Set in lush sub-tropical gardens, Newquay Zoo is the place to discover some of the wonders of the world. From lynx and lemurs to meerkats, marmosets and monkeys, you are never far away from a little animal magic. Just a short walk from Newquay's town centre and world famous surfing beaches, the Zoo is both one of Cornwall's most exciting visitor attractions and a leading conservation charity. Run wild in our play areas, explore our Oriental Garden, or visit our Village Farm and meet some of the loveable characters. Besides enjoying a great family visit, when you visit Newquay Zoo you'll also be supporting our vital education, research and conservation work, all designed to protect endangered animals from extinction. Come rain or shine, Newquay Zoo is a fun filled adventure for all the family!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Kelsie
    South Wales, United Kingdom17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family visit while on hols for the week in Newquay.
    We had a lovely day at the Zoo the other day. It’s not huge but it’s a lovely few hours out. The grounds are really pretty and plenty of places to sit and have a picnic. We saw all the animals, including the lynx who eventually made an appearance 😁. Big shout out to Kieron who was on the Munchies ice cream shack, what a lovely young man, very engaging with us and the other customers, a credit to the zoo!
    Thank you for your lovely review. We are very proud of all our team and I will pass on your feedback. We hope to see you again soon.
    Written 27 April 2023
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    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 April 2023
  • Sian M
    75 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good few hours
    We contacted the zoo prior to arriving as we have annual zoo passes for Colchester zoo which include 1 free trip to Newquay zoo a year. As we are on holiday with our almost 3 year old and 6 month old we thought we would visit. The zoo staff replied really quickly to our query and were lovely at each encounter we had with them throughout the park but I have to say for us that was the highlight. We are perhaps spoilt by a much larger zoo (which we travel too rather than live near) but we felt there was little besides birds to see here. The penguin pool was drained and being refilled, the splashing water got the biggest reaction from our toddler out of any enclosure. Staff have clearly done their best to create some interesting enclosures in places, it was nice to eat in the hideout and spot the birds and viewing a few enclosures in the dark was interesting but in reality there were very few animals besides birds and reptiles. In total we spent 2 hours in the zoo which included a picnic with a toddler and an extended play in the playpark. The farm aspect was a bit like a trip to a pet shop just rabbits, guinea pigs and a chipmunk type squirrel with a couple of goats at the back for good measure. The gift shop is extensive and the staff once again lovely. I would estimate there is a larger variety of merchandise than there are animals. We were pleased we did not have to pay for entry but could see some improvements were being made. If you are keen on birds and have a few hours to spare then the zoo is well worth your time, if like us you are spoilt with far larger zoo's locally you may feel a little disappointed. I cannot imagine anyone would be able to make this zoo last a full day but there is plenty to do in the same location.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 May 2023
  • Michelle J
    Eldwick, United Kingdom350 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely smaller zoo
    Excellent little zoo and a great breeding programme. Everytime we thought we'd finished we found more round the next corner! Lovely selection of animals and a great little cafe too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2023
  • Izzy
    London, United Kingdom22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely little zoo with well kept animals
    This is definitely one of the smaller collections I’ve been to in terms of zoo size and I was able to go around the whole place a few times in about 4 hours with enough time left to go to the beach. I was disappointed not to see the Lynx or red panda but it shows that they have good habitats with plenty of spaces to get away from humans and it’s something to look forward to seeing on a future visit as I will definitely be back in Cornwall and beautiful Newquay. The zoo was very calm and mostly without the usual screeching you’d get from kids at the zoo despite there being a few schools there. I did see a seagull take a sandwich from a child, who was understandably traumatised, and I think a little more could be done in terms of considering a seating area with something like a net around to prevent the gulls getting in.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 July 2023
  • EdK59
    Sevenoaks, United Kingdom993 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super little Zoo
    Y8 boys in tow loved that they could walk around in groups unsupervised - cute little animals, especially the meerkats - so humerous and interesting to watch. Great place to sit down and have a picnic, but beware the seagulls. They are persistent and made off with quite a few of the boys' sandwiches.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Colin T
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing little Zoo.
    Beautiful laid out gardens. Interesting presentation of the various animals. Such a small zoo, but so cleverly set out. Keepers and staff were superb. I was reluctant to go, but I absolutely loved it. Great day out, recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Jeremy W
    Watford, United Kingdom85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice small zoo
    Let me start by saying that living equi-distance between ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade we are spoilt for amazing zoos to visit. However, Newquay zoo is nice in its smallness, although surprising how much they pack into the space. The weather was not great, but having a small zoo means it is easy to get around, you don't have to spend all day there to try and see everything but there is plenty to see. Would recommend, especially if you have small kids who may be struggle with larger zoos.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Susan P
    Wadebridge, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    10/10 FOR NEWQUAY ZOO
    Newquay Zoo is such a good day out for all the family and exerllent value for money. It is beautifully kept. The gardens, flora & fauna are a feature too as so well maintained and the planting is delightful. They obviously take pride in making this more than just a zoo visit. The cafes, picnic areas, coffee places, ice cream stops are frequent and again very well looked after as are the well maintained loos. The exhibits and animals are mostly easy to see (sounds silly but a recent visit to Paignton zoo was so disappointing) Thoroughly recommended. A shout out for the staff too who were present and there to offer information as well as the gardeners who were very visibly enjoying their work. One in particular moving a special mint to replant which a certain animal enjoyed so much.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • paul y
    Ferndown, United Kingdom5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    an enjoyable day out
    very enjoyable day out reasonably priced kids went free. Not a big zoo but plenty to see. The zoo was clean and tidy and though not an expert the animals seemed well cared for. Had to pay for the car park we paid £6 for 24 hours and will go again
    Visited August 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Tracy C
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Spent half a day here was really good , kids 17 & 7 both loved it , some great animals including the red pandas which my grandson loved, it’s only a small zoo but they have lots of animals to see , quite a few places to get food and drink, play areas One of the nicest zoos I’ve been to, very clean and animals well cared for , I would definitely recommend this place. You can also get concessions on tickets ( with proof) also throughout august kids go free . I would definitely visit again
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
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Emma J
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A wonderful zoo, lovely big animal enclosures, Great talks, informative and friendly staff. Highly recommend going to the keepers talks, staff were funny and full of facts. My son loved asking and answering questions& even got to feed some animals.
Written 18 April 2024
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Paul J
Plymouth, UK111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Absolutely amazing animal experiences. Staff are amazing here; they show a real interest and commitment in their work and really take time to answer questions and give you the best possible experience.
Written 17 April 2024
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Monty
Porth, UK12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I wouldn’t call this a zoo ! Birds and more birds ! Monkeys and more monkeys ! Tortoise, zebra and fish and a few other small animals . Overpriced at £15 per person on line . Don’t waste your money
Very small zoo
Would not visit again got around it in just over an hour !!! Says it all !
Written 31 March 2024
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Sian W
Coventry, UK40 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very disappointing, other than the birds we didn’t see anything else no otters, no zebra’s etc as advertised, most enclosures empty, being cleaned or under construction. We struggled to last 90mins and that’s with 30 mins in the park. I wouldn’t revisit or advise anyone else to, save your money.
Written 24 March 2024
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Sophie R
33 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Many many empty enclosures! Very frustrated that we weren’t warned as such; even upon entry.
We had planned to spend a full day there but even after a picnic, a session in the playground with the kids, and stopping for ice cream, we were done in less than 3 hours.
Very disappointed to have only seen birds (lots of) a few penguins, one zebra, some reptiles, and maybe a handful of little monkeys.
Written 16 March 2024
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Alistevie
Brentwood, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited the zoo today for the first time. All the staff were very friendly and helpful.
The wide variety of animals are clearly well cared for. It was a real bonus seeing the sloths wake up for their feed 😁.
I would recommend this zoo for all ages and we look forward to returning.
Written 22 February 2024
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D1spm
Redditch, UK1,620 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
For £60 on a family ticket we were rather disappointed that seemingly a good percentage of the animals wernt visible, largely due to works happening on site. This could/should have been forwarned
Written 15 February 2024
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Dug S
Bristol, England, United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We love Newquay Zoo. We don't go as often as we would like but every time we do we have an amazing time.

Newquay Zoo is a modern zoo with the emphasis on conservation and education, both of which are so important and done so well at Newquay. Our recommendation would be to spend a good 4 hours or more to take a couple of laps around the grounds to see animals at different times of the day and to be able to go to the talks and get some food at the cafe. . You will see everything if you spend a bit of time at each exhibit and go at different times throughout the day.

Every member of staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The food is also excellent from the cafe.

A very special mention goes to Rhiann one of the rangers at the zoo. On our last two visits to the zoo we have been very lucky to be able to spend time with Rhiann as she gave numerous ranger talks around the zoo. Rhiann is an absolute star and an asset to the zoo. So friendly and welcoming and incredibly knowledgeable on all things zoological. Rhiann always had so much time for us and is always willing to discuss any topic or answer any questions. Rhiann is an excellent presenter and really good with young and old customers.

We really appreciate all of the team at the zoo and all of the work they do. We're going to buy memberships and make sure that we return more often. Thank you so much everybody for always brightening up even the wettest and windiest of Cornish days.
Written 19 December 2023
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Glenda B
Bristol9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Small but perfectly formed zoo. Well tended and plenty of animals to visit. Refreshments reasonably priced (the brownie was very good!)
Huge thanks to Emma from the zoo education team who was so knowledgable and presented information about the animals in such an engaging way we all (adults and children alike) left wanting to share the facts we had learnt, who knew that Meerkat society was so strict! Thank you Newquay zoo for a fun and educational day out.
Written 18 December 2023
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KathyKernow
Newquay, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I took my 2 children for Breakfast with Santa today. The meal was good, they enjoyed the crafts and the staff were nice.

Santa however was far from magical. His story was good and he looked the part but his breakfast table chat was so dark. He told us he hit the elves on their ears because he likes to hurt the elves. He told my daughter that her drawing was terrible. He told us he'll have venison for breakfast on boxing day, as he'll kill his reindeer beforre tryingto engage in chat a bout hunting. I was stunned.
Written 17 December 2023
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Good afternoon, Thank you for your feedback. We are really sorry to hear of your experience at our Breakfast with Santa event, of course this is not the experience we endeavour to provide our guests. A member of our team will be in contact with you shortly to discuss this further with you. Once again, we do apologise for the experience you had at our event, but thank you for your feedback, we do take all comments extremely seriously as it is a way for the Zoo to improve the Visitor Experience for all of our guests.
Written 19 December 2023
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