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“Brilliant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Isle of Wight Zoo

Isle of Wight Zoo
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Sandown
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Isle of Wight Zoo is home to one of Britain's largest collection of tigers, 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 number of other animals also live there, including lemurs, jaguars and lions. Family friendly with disabled access throughout.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Chichester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Brilliant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

A fantastic zoo, specializing in big cats. We watched tiger feeding, where the tigers carefully negotiated how to fetch their meat and remain as dry as possible!
Many opportunities to feed meerkats and wallabies (at an additional cost).
A bargain at £30 for a family ticket. Much cheaper than Marwell.

Visited August 2014
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Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Small but informative”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

This is only a small zoo, but it kept our family entertained for about 2 1/2 hours. The focus is on big cats, which were all either bred in captivity or rescued. The enclosures are relatively large and the animals looked active and contented.

Although it doesn't take long to look round, there is a full programme of talks and events throughout the day. You can even pay extra to go into either the meerkat or wallaby enclosures at certain times of day.

Visited August 2014
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Towcester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Not been updated for a very long time but the big cats mean it's worth a visit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

We've visited this zoo every time we have been to the Isle of Wight and I really don't think any money has been spent on it in the last fifteen years - it's looking old in places and some of the enclosures could do with improvement. However the big cats you can see, and some very up close (depending on their mood!) means it's well worth a visit. It's situated by the sea front too so after spending a few hours here, you can go down to the beach.

Visited August 2014
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Over priced with unhelpful staff and empty enclosures.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

We booked this at a cost of over £30 had problems with the parking and the sainsburys vouchers before we even got into the zoo. Once in there were several empty pens and those that did have animals in were dirty and the animals hard to spot. Even if every pen had an inhabitant the actual quantity and selection is very poor. The big cats were OK, but in themselves not as big an attraction as advertised and with nothing much else to see you won't need much more than an hour to visit. If you want to go to a zoo go to the Amazon Zoo instead it is far better.

Visited August 2014
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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

We managed to stretch our visit to three hours with a couple of visits to the small play area. The children enjoyed collecting the stamps on their zoo passport and exchanging them for a postcard in the shop but this was pretty much all they were interested in. A very small range of animals and quite dated, not what you'd expext from the price.

Visited August 2014
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