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Longleat Safari Park & Gardens!
Longleat Safari Park (Warminster)
Member Name: fluffypup
Longleat Safari Park (Warminster)
Date: 04/08/00, updated on 04/08/00 (916 review reads)
Advantages: A great day out for all the family and good value for money
Disadvantages: cost of food & drinks
Longleat Safari Park, Gardens & Stately Home is a great day out for all the family! Longleat is situated on the Somerset/Wiltshire border. The largest town next to Longleat is Warminster on the A36/A350.
Longleat is the home of the Lord Bath and is situated in a wonderful part of the country surrounded by hills, forests, lakes and rivers.
Longleat has both a Safari Park and the Gardens plus the very impressive stately home of Lord Bath. The Safari Park is home to many animals, which are free to roam around in the huge enclosures. The Park has many exotic, dangerous and less exotic animals which includes: Lions, Tigers (including a white tiger), Elephants, Giraffes, Zebra, Gorillas (situated on Gorilla Island on half mile lake with their own satellite tv!), Rhino, Deer, Wolves, Camels, Sealions and loads and loads of Monkeys! The safari park can either be driven around in your own car, tour buses or via Longleat's double deckered buses. In some areas you are allowed to venture out of your cars and picnic, buy food and feed the deer and wander amongst the zebras. The highlight for most people is the monkey enclosure, where most cars get trashed by the lovely creatures. So watch out for all your windscreen wipers, fluffy dice, aerials and bumpers, as the cute little critters love to rip these off! You can miss the monkey enclosure out if you are not brave enough!
The Grounds and Stately Home can also be visited as well. It has the world's longest maze (it took us over 1.5 hours!), several other shorter mazes, a pets enclosure, minature railway, children's play area, a huge wooden castle with rope bridges and slides, reknown needlecraft centre, Postman Pat's village (no, I haven't been round it!), simulator (TT Isle of Man, Downhill skiing & Speed boat), static hot air balloon ride, the Dr Who exhibition, Doll house exhibition, parks, go-karts, plus the gardens and the boat trip around half mile island to feed the sealio
ns and watch the gorillas.
You can buy a passport which gives you access to both the safari park, house and gardens. You can also buy individual tickets to each attraction. The passport is open ended for a few months, so you can visit the safari park one day and the gardens another day.
The tickets are reasonable. It is great value for money. There is something for everyone! The cost of food and drinks are expensive, as with any attraction, so it's advisable to take your own food and drink. It's an ideal place for a picnic - if the weather holds up!
Longleat also has special events such as Dr Who conventions, Hot Air Balloon festival in July, Family fun days in August and Caravaning clubs. Centre Parcs is within the Longleat Estate, so a venture into Longleat is a must!
Children under 4: FREE!
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