Whilst staying in North Devon for our Summer holiday we went to Exmoor Zoo, which is in Bratton Fleming. We spent a few hours there and enjoyed the day. It was about £50 for our family of four, if I remember correctly. My parents also joined us so there was six of us altogether.
What to do at Exmoor Zoo
We all enjoyed seeing the wallabies, which were lovely and friendly. We were able to get up close in the enclosure and feed the wallabies. There were staff about to make sure the wallabies were safe and help the kids get close, without annoying the animals. Areas were kept clear of visitors to allow the wallabies to get some privacy if they wished.
We enjoyed seeing the cheetahs, the wolves, laughing dogs, meerkats, monkeys, martens, alpacas, tamarins and many more. There was lots of reference to the Exmoor beast and we did see a sleepy black leopard, but that was not a highlight for us. There were also a range of reptiles and birds.
At Exmoor Zoo there are no large animals, so you can’t go there expecting to see an elephant or a tiger, but it was a nice size to walk round with young kids and grandparents.
It appeared to be a well maintained zoo with lots of staff.
Our kids particularly enjoyed the talks and handling sessions, including guinea pigs, rabbits, a very cool armadillo, a tarantula, hedgehog and lots more.
The sessions were run every half hour and we did find ourselves rushing from one to the other a bit. It is best to pick your favourites when you first arrive as you can’t manage them all. The staff that we encountered were very lovely and patient with the kids.
There was a strong focus on being considerate towards the animals and the staff did not want any children to be forced into interacting with the animals.
We went to the restaurant at Exmoor Zoo and felt that the food was ok. Similar to what you get at many of these family attractions. There were some picnic areas, including an undercover one so you could bring your own food.
Exmoor Zoo was a highlight from our holiday in family holiday in Devon and I would recommend it to others.
If you fancy a day out at Exmoor Zoo, go to the Exmoor Zoo website to find out latest information on prices and opening times.