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The Big Cat Sanctuary

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What a fantastic day. It was a privilege to get so close to the cats and even be in the same cage... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
James D
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London, United Kingdom
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Amazing, Memorable and will certainly be returning!!!

I actually found this place by mistake, I was a looking for a photography day at Longleat for my... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
MelCatlin
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Bourne, United Kingdom
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The Big Cat Sanctuary The Big Cat Sanctuary is a conservation charity, home to over 50 big and small cats across 16 different species. We are proud to have the most diverse collection in the UK, from the largest, to the smallest, to the most...more
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Marley Farm Headcorn Road, Smarden TN27 8PJ, England
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+44 1233 771915
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a fantastic day. It was a privilege to get so close to the cats and even be in the same cage as the Cheetahs. We saw Maya and Willow which was brilliant. All the staff were so enthusiast and helpful. We will be going...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I actually found this place by mistake, I was a looking for a photography day at Longleat for my husbands Christmas present but because they were fully booked, I googled animal photography days and came across this little gem. From the time I contacted BCS...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I visited The Big Cat Sanctuary in February 2019 for a one to one Photography Workshop and it was an absolutely amazing experience! We were met by Alma who would be our "guru" and guide for the day. She ran through the health and safety...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have been watching the sanctuary grow with interest for the past 3-4 years and wanted to visit, but time slips away. I eventually booked a weekend in one of their big cat inspired lodges - the package included afternoon tea, a scrumptious evening meal...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an amazing place, run by an amazing man . Giles Clarke. The work and passion , knowledge and hard work is outstanding.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Amanda J
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

It's good to hear how much you appreciate the work done here at The Big Cat Sanctuary for both the cats here and the conservation work for those in the wild. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Big Cat overnight Lodge Experience - this was a Xmas present for my wife. Arrived on a Saturday. As soon as you pull up you are greeted my a friendly member of staff who escorts you to your Lodge. We stayed in Lion Lodge. The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank nickw153
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad to hear how much you enjoyed your Overnight Big Cat Safari and your meals whilst overlooking the lion brothers. The hand feeds are indeed a unique experience and we are happy...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I was gifted an overnight stay in a lodge at the sanctuary for my Birthday and from the moment we arrived to when we left we were looked after extremely well. The lodge accommodation was lovely, well appointed and comfortable. Welcome drinks, high tea, dinner...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Debbie K
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are very happy to hear that you so enjoyed celebrating your birthday with an Overnight Big Cat Safari. It's good to hear that you appreciated the immense knowledge and passion of your guide and found the hand feed to be such a special experience....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to the open days twice and can only agree with the other reviewers that this place is fantastic! The days was well organised, lots of activities etc and lots of beautiful big cats of course! The cats are clearly in great condition,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are so pleased to hear how much you have enjoyed your visits to The Big Cat Sanctuary. It’s so good to hear that you noticed how well cared for and content our big cats are and appreciated the genuine affection they share with our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the enthusiasm and knowledge of the keepers. The breeding programme was interesting and cats had good cages.

Date of experience: January 2019
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TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you appreciated our keeper's immense knowledge and hope you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for supporting The Big Cat Sanctuary.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There isn't enough words to even start to explain how absolutely amazingly wonderful this place is, the staff are outstanding, so welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. We stayed in tiger lodge, and we could hear the lions roar throughout the night, most amazing sound ever. We...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Hearing the lions roar throughout the night is indeed a unique experience and we are glad that you found our staff both welcoming and informative. Your support is very much appreciated and all funds raised enable us to focus on...More

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Colette G
16 February 2019|
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Response from TheBigCatSanctuary | Property representative |
Hello Collette, thank you for getting in touch. We are not open to the general public on a “turn up at the gate and pay” basis, however, you are able to book an experience in advance with us, such as one of our Big Cat... More
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amylwright
21 December 2018|
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Response from TheBigCatSanctuary | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for getting in touch. The sanctuary is accessible throughout; there is wheelchair access to all public areas, and disabled toilet facilities in Heritage Lodge, our visitor centre. Please make our customer... More
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caitlinfahy
14 November 2018|
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Response from Bathnimlet | Reviewed this property |
What a banal question when you are reviewing a place that is saving endangered species. Why don't you visit Disneyland instead?
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