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Wildwalk promises more than it delivers
Member Name: acole
Date: 05/01/04, updated on 05/01/04 (47 review reads)
Advantages: Interesting, Educational
Disadvantages: Over priced, Not many live animals, Not suitable for pre-school children
In an effort to entertain my children in the Christmas holidays we went over to @bristol, which my parents had heard about. Overall, I would mark it as average for a tourist attraction, but it depends on who you take to see it. For more, read on...
I wasn't that impressed when we arrived and found that the only place to park was in a 3rd-party car park at £1 an hour with no discount for users of the @bristol attractions.
We only entered the Wildwalk exhibit. The ticket prices were average, I think around £6-7 per adult and £5 for over 3 year olds, which I thought was a bit of a con, because as it turned out, most of the exhibit is probably for school-age children and above.
My main disappointment was with the number of 'live' animals that were on show. There were plenty of videos to watch and information boards to read, but for young children there weren't really many actual animals to see. The "slice of a real coral reef" (quoted from website) is a single tropical fish tank. The Insects section had a few more things to see but the tropical rainforest was disappointing.
I went to a similar attraction in France last year which I thought was vastly superior. I think Wildwalk is trying to cover too many areas in too little depth and might be better concentrating on less areas but with more to see. I would probably consider going back but not until the children are at least 6 yrs plus.
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