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“Great day out for all ages”
Review of Longleat

Longleat
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Warminster
Certificate of Excellence
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Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed 12 August 2012

The safari was great and well laid out. Lots of animals to get up close and personal with in other parts of the park too. The setting of Longleat House and gardens, paths and walkways is very well laid out. Not too theme park - very tasteful.

Thank Jaynee H
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

Very expensive for a mediocre house, have visited much smaller properties that were far superior to this. The rooms were dark, the pamphlets referred ONLY to paintings with no description about the furnishings or china etc in each room. The guides were unhelpful and disinterested and when my husband posed a query to one of them he was told to refer to the brochure he held in his hand!! Finally the food was abysmal in the cafe's,
We were very disappointed and felt the event was a waste of time and money.

1  Thank Anne M
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

Visited with 3 adults and two teenagers. Surprisingly (for me) there was plenty to do and entertain all of us for a whole day. The entrance price seems a little steep but is inclusive of all parts of the park, rides and the house -so ends up not such bad value. Plenty of staff, all of whom were more than happy to chat and explain or educate us. Despite large numbers of people, queues were not bad at all, the place was extremely well kempt and generally free from mess. Especially good were the various animal feeding opportunities (especially the giraffes in the morning) and the flying display. Run by the Hawk Conservancy trust, they fly the birds very very very close. To sum up -it would be hard to do very much better with the animals and facilties that they have. Of course, there is still space for further items........

Thank Origami_kid
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

Having been an avid viewer of the tv series Animal Park, it had been my dream to visit Longleat for a number of years so finally got my wish . It was all I hoped for and more. We were staying in the adjacent Caravan Club site so only had to walk along the lane to get in. Started our day by doing the tour on the park bus as the monkeys are still tearing windscreen wipers to shreds ! What a tour, the animals had just been fed so were out in force, it was amazing. We managed to see everything even Anne the elephant came out and the old girl can be a bit huffy but not for us. Great bus driver/guide made a difference. We were visiting without children but there was still plenty to see and do and all the families were thoroughly enjoying themselves. The house itself is well worth a trip , we must have been in there for at least 90mins. No sign of of his lordship during our visit but he is often to be seen greeting visitors in and around the grounds and house. There are plenty of popular eating places here although we didn't need to use them except to have a lovely icecream from the kiosk. Prices were in line with most of this type of attraction. This beautiful place is well worth a visit if you are travelling in the area

1  Thank jenelise
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

We travelled from Ireland (flew Dublin-Bristol) and stayed in Centre Parcs Longleat, our main aim being to visit the Safari Park. We initially bought a one-day ticket but you can extend it at the end of your stay to a 2-day ticket for not much more, so it's a good option if you're not sure how much you'll cover in one day. The safari drive was definitely the highlight and it was good enough that we did it a second time on the following day. To be less than 10ft from 4 enormous rhinoceroses, or parked right beside a pride of lions, was something we adults, let alone the kids, will not forget. The advantage of the second day was that some of the animals who were not up to much on the first day turned on the style second time around: we were treated to a spectacular display with the wolves, for instance, where they howled in unison as they feasted on their dinner - really amazing. The monkey zone freaked our kids the first day, so we scooted through it, but the second day, they were better able for it and so we let 5/6 monkeys take a ride and escaped with minimal damage to our (hired car) aerial. The deer park is also pretty cool as you can buy feed (we found one cup was enough to share around) to give to the very persistent deers. (There is also a further deer feeding station outside the safari which you can tour on foot.) Overall the safari was a great experience, even if you don't ever quite get away from the fact that these are enclosed spaces. The rest of the Longleat attraction is equally good: the kids enjoyed the tour of the house (usually a no-no for ours) and there were other great attractions to visit: the bat house was spectacular, the train journey good fun, and don't miss the petting zoo where the kids can get to hold snakes and tarantulas. Two of the best experiences were the boat ride (where you get to see the fantastic seals swimming and jumping up close,and can feed them for a nominal charge, or watch others do it) and the birds of prey display (where the birds fly close enough to brush your cheek with their wings). Food on site is not great and/or expensive, so a picnic is a good idea if you have the wherewithal. Overall a great experience and having talked for a few years about doing it, it lived up to expectations.

1  Thank Cathal1969
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