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Isle of Wight Zoo

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Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
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Brilliant day out

Me and my partner have just returned home from a long weekend on Isle of Wight. We visited a few... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
hazziey
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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A surprising gem in the conservation firmament

Tucked away in an old Napoleonic era fort is the Isle Wight Zoo. Not a vast expanse as zoos... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chris S
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The Isle of Wight Zoo is home to a large collection of big cats many of whom are rescue animals. With several superb new enclosures modeled on natural tiger habitats in India, the zoo is a fantastic place to see these wonderful animals relaxing. A...more
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Yaverland Road, Sandown PO36 8QB, England
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I go to the zoo a lot and have seen it in all seasons and all weathers. Yes, some of the animals are less active in winter, but the cats are often out and about, cold or hot, rain or shine. To be fair, wind...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chris B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Me and my partner have just returned home from a long weekend on Isle of Wight. We visited a few different attractions whilst we were there but the zoo was by far our favourite. It really was worth the money. We also paid an extra...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank hazziey
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear hazziey, We are so pleased you stopped by to see us and hooray for being your favourite. You are right - our animal carers are such fountains of knowledge, and they are love sharing that with anyone who wants to know more. We very...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked away in an old Napoleonic era fort is the Isle Wight Zoo. Not a vast expanse as zoos usually are so comparatively easy for all abilities to negotiate. However within its tight confines are some remarkable examples of species conservation. Don't expect elephants and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Chris S
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Chris S Thank you so much for your caring and supportive review. We are so pleased you found our little spot of paradise to be filled with spectacular animals and conservation messages. Job done!!! Please spread the word. Warm regards :-)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited between Christmas and new year and were pleased to be one of just a few dozen enjoying the zoo. I remember coming here as a kid and it being rammed during August! The admission is £12 for adults and you can voluntarily gift...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear AndrewG94 We are so pleased you enjoyed your visits with us - haven't we been lucky with the weather :-) Thank you for recommending us to others - we certainly look forwards to seeing them and maybe yourself again one day :-) Warm regards.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I bought my fiance a Big Cat experience where a keeper took us "behind the scenes" at the zoo getting as close as possible to the lions and tigers. An amazing opportunity with a very knowledgeable young keeper. The zoo still needs some work but...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank noradem
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear noradem We are so pleased that you enjoyed your big cat experience. Funding is a big challenge for us we hope that 2019 will bring us some great opportunities - if you know of any please let us know! Or if you'd like to...More

Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

This place gets better every time we go back, great for the kids education on animals that they can't see anywhere else.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank sandownman
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much Sandownman - hopefully you have a membership if you live here - great value for year round visits :-) Warm regards.

Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

We went around in about an hour not many animals but the tigers where great rescued from Spain, I fully understand it was December but maybe they should not charge as much, the outside looked very tired and run downMore

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rosiepink5
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

Dear Rosiepink5 Sorry to hear that you thought we looked a bit run down. The weather this week has not been it's best but the sun is out now and the animals are always here. This time of year our visitors get the very most...More

Reviewed 2 December 2018

excellent zoo for the island beautiful animals wonderful food and picnic area, lovely staff and a good family environment

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank emmawot
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2018

Dear emmawot Thank you so much for the 5 star review! We are so pleased you felt we had a good family environment. We certainly hope to see you again soon! Warm regards

Reviewed 25 November 2018

It was blowing a gale and raining but the animals did not appear to mind. A very relaxed zoo with plenty to see and do, even for the 'oldies' Not the first time we have visited but still a pleasure to visitMore

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank U8696YHpaulg
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2018

Dear U8696YHpaulg Thankyou so much for your four star review. We are so pleased you ventured out to see us despite the weather. We are open all year round (except Christmas Day) and we do have some fun festive activities on during December - including...More

Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

Wow I didn't expect to see the Lion posing majestically on the top of the rock . He didn't look real , but his roar and yawn soon confirmed he was. Lovely informative talk as we walked around including fun time with the Tigers playing...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jane W
IsleofWightZoo, Business Support at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2018

Dear Jane W Thank you so much for your four star review! We are very pleased you fell for our beautiful Casper - he sure is a handsome man and we are incredibly lucky to have him with us. The pumpkins have certainly been a...More

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helen r
16 October 2017|
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Response from gareth m | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is, but the hours are different, I think they open 11-3pm between 1st Nov - 9th Feb by the looks of their web site. hope this helps :)
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4 June 2017|
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Response from kimberley0809 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think dogs are allowed unless guide dogs as it can upset the animals. And if I remember rightly it was just over £10 per adult child was £7 I think. You can see online
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