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Monkey Forest (Trentham)
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Monkey Forest (Trentham)
Date: 07/12/09, updated on 07/12/09 (124 review reads)
Advantages: Only one of its kind in the country
Disadvantages: The walk is pretty short.
Trentham Monkey Forest is a large sixty acre plot housing Barbary Macaque monkeys roaming the woodland very near to Trentham Gardens in Stoke on Trent, North Staffordshire. If you were coming out of Trentham Gardens, then take the 3rd exit onto the A34, then at the next roundabout take the 2nd exit and you will find yourself on a dirt track which is very rubbly so I advise 10mph will be plenty!! The postcode for the garage opposite is ST12 9HR and you will find the entrance practically directly opposite.
Barbary Macaques are originally from the Atlas Mountains!
The car park is pretty large, there are no set spaces but it is easy to navigate and to park up on. Mond the low fences, I have seen someone drive into one, luckily they are wooden so it could have been worse.
My friend works here so I have been several times and spent time walking around.
You come to the gates and I think that there are 2 kiosks which accept cash and card payments;
Adults: £6.00 each
Oaps/students £5.50 each
Children (from 3 to 14 years old): £4.50 each
Disabled/carers (no restriction on numbers) £3.50 each
Under 3 years old Free of charge
Just to inform you it is now closed and will not reopen until half term in Feb 2010.
Herein you come to a bit of a clearing with toilet facilities and a smallish cafe and gift shop. Toilet facilities are good, although they are just huts they are more than adequate for their purpose! The gift shop is quite small and of course expensive as you may guess selling all sorts of monkey paraphenalia. The cafe is nice dealing with hot and cold food at reasonable prices, clean and tidy indoor and outdoor seating areas.
So begins your 3/4 mile journey around the park!!
The huge gates to the entrance house an open style hut whereby you get an introduction talk and can leave any possesions that you cannot take into the park behind. I believe food cannot be taken in amongst other things but it will be confirmed at the gate.
The path following around is lined with very low wooden fences and the trees are so high and the thick foliage often hides the monkeys from sight at the beginning. As you make your way around you will observe many of these creatures and you will see plenty on your journey, a little way in there is a clearing whereby they hold speeches and question and answer sessions by friendly guides, and all the guides are great and very approachable, often they will approach you with information and are well trained.
The monkeys are all ages and sizes, there were some babies born earlier in the year here. It is amazing to watch each animal interacting with the others and they can be very noisy! All of the animals are named, there is Eddie the main alpha male which is the only one I can remember at the moment :S I must ask my pal, they all have names and the guides recognise each and every one of them.
About three quarters through there is a fairly steep hill which can be abit hairy when wet, unfortunately I would think this means manual wheelchairs would have to take another way, however electric vehicles should be fine according to the website.
I have no children and can only say I think they will have a very good time here judging by seeing the families go around they looked like they were having a whale of a time.
When the sun shines it really is a beautiful place to be, the walk is admittedly short and not a full day out, I would think you would be here for a couple of hours and then could make your way to Trentham Gardens for the rest of the day.
In summary more than worth it for a visit to see the only park like this in the country! Combine with other attractions for a day or weekend.
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