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“Best safari park in the UK”
Review of Longleat

Longleat
Ranked #1 of 1 Tours in Warminster
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

There is just so much to see and do here its impossible to fit it all into one day.You could spend the whole day just watching the animals alone.Its great that once you have paid most things are included such as the maze, little train, boat trip and the huge adventure playground. We have been to most zoos and safari parks in the UK but this one is definitely top of the list.

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

My daughter and I decided to visit a zoo today and we wanted to try somewhere new to us both as we had often visited Marwell, Cotswolds. Bristol, London and Whipzanade always enjoying these trips! When we arrived at Longleat we were really impressed with the grounds and were hopeful of a fantastic day out, not so! First the Safari park was closed until 12.00 which we found out was due to to many cars on the roads and these would cause long delays, so we decided to have a cup of tea and a snack at one of the cafes no chance of that only a shop open where you could buy cold drinks and general crisps sweets etc. Disappointment number 2, so we went to book tickets for the Safari bus earliest available 3:00, so thought to pass the time would do the river cruise 1 hour waiting time!! Shelved that idea walked around the adventure park to see the animals there very disappointing queues to get into the cages even if you did not want to feed the animals Monkey Mountain consisted of a group of Marmosets just in the trees free running but difficult to see. Moved on to Penguins and Ray tank again disappointing lots of penguins but the staff with them were doing nothing to interact with the public! Ray tank feeding time was over and you could see the rays in the tank but again the staff on duty just had no interest in giving any information about the creatures that were in the tank surely they could give facts with out being asked it would make the experience more interesting!! After that went back for boat trip got on boat things started to improve as staff were more engaging and very informative about what we were expecting to see Bravo for the water bus staff!!! Next lunchtime went to Cellar cafe as wanted some hot food only choice Jacket potatoes with toppings we were not told the choice of topping just had to guess or pie and chips!! of course there were sandwiches cold drinks hot chocolate coffee and a variety of teas BUT no breakfast tea at all!! the best part they were offering a cornish cream tea does this not need good old breakfast tea to be traditional. Cafe area
was cramped and better use of the space could have been made again staff were souless.
Lunch was uninspired, so off to view the house not very optimistic, but what a joy staff excellent and welcoming house was amazing lots of information staff were very knowledgable and explained things in the rooms even if you did not ask them they only needed to see you studying something and they gave you facts about it. Products in shops were as expected so no surprises there.
Then on to the safari bus the driver was helpful and welcoming off to the African adventure only supposed to stop for 5 min toilet break but driver gave us 20 mins. the safari tour around the park
was informative as the driver gave information and facts about what we were seeing and joking when we were with the monkeys. End of trip a relief!!!
Our overall experience was well done the house staff and bus driver but as to the rest it seemed that the adventure park was geared for making money and not really about the animals. Would have like to have seen perhaps reptile house, aquarium and I know that you have to have these other things to help with the up keep but surely it should be more about the animals and not a theme park we can get those things at Alton Towers if needed.
Please think more about what you could do with the acres that you have, we have never been disappointed with Marwell and Whipzanade and they have less acres!
Will not be returning soon unfortunately.

5  Thank Dee B
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We visited Longleat during the summer holidays this August, and thinking that it might be really overcrowded, we arrived just as it opened.
We therefore had a very unhurried and enjoyable trip through the safari park, before parking and exploring the rest of the estate.
If you have a young family like us, there is more than enough to do there for a day - possibly 2 days if you want to explore the house properly.
Although the entrance price is steep, by booking online you save 15% - and it really is a full-on day (or two).
Our only real gripe was the catering. We notices that many families had bought a picnic with them - and we wished we had done the same, as we had to wait until well after 12 noon for the catering facilities to actually open. This was a small inconvenience, but worth bearing in mind if you have hungry children.
To end on a positive note, my 2 boys are now obsessed with tigers ................ so no doubt we will be back!

Thank p_j_071
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

The safari was ok. We had hoped to go on the safari bus but were told with no apology that there were no tickets left. I would have thought that buses would have run every 30 mins for a place with this many visitors.
There are more shops than attractions. Queues for the boat, train and rhino ride were huge with over an hour wait at each! Postman Pat Village was very disappointing.
We all enjoyed the Deadly 60 challenge and the maze, but would I pay almost £100 to go again? No!

1  Thank teammumford
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

visited safari park in July 2014 - bought 2days tickets (only me and my partner, no kids)
worth every pound!
great fun!!! :D
ONLY ONE TIP - take two days tickets as animals move around :P
bigger/better chance to see everything/everybody
very very nice park for all - couples, young parents with kids, groups of friends
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED :D

Thank shareuropinion
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