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My favourite place to visit!!
Longleat Safari Park (Wiltshire)
Member Name: jlaker1992
Longleat Safari Park (Wiltshire)
Advantages: A fun packed day! Briliiant safari
Disadvantages: Price a little expensive
Longleat has been a place that I have visited for many years of my life. Longest is located in wiltshire in the middle of beautiful countryside. It's a safari park with a beaitiful mansion and gardens which is open to the public at certain times! It has got a lot of history and is also well known due to the programme animal park which was on the bbc for many years! It was hosted by Ben fogal and kate humble :) I will now go into further detail about longeat and focus on a few of my favourite areas.
The safari park:
This has to be the best in the country, there are hundreds of animals in the safari, from lions to rhinos! There are many different exhibits that you can drive through, all are very large and great for the animals that live in them. The first one you drive through is the African experience where they have some beautiful giraffes and zebras! It really feels like your in Africa. Later on the most impressive exhibits are wolf wood, tiger and lion kingdoms and the deer park. The animals always look happy and content because they have large areas to live and have places to escape from the cars, although some animals love to come up close to the car and have a look at you, which is incredible! I have driven my ford fiesta around 2 times now and it's come back in one piece, so there is little risk of damage to your car. The only place where damage can be done is the money area, but this has been closed to the public for a couple years due to a disease I believe. Hopefully this will be open one day soon because as a child I used to laugh when they climbed all over my parent 4x4. The safari park is great for kids and adults, you can get really close to the animals and memories can be made that will last a very long time! I advise you buy some deer food to feed the deer, they will come right up to your car and eat from your hand,it's a strange feeling! They are very gentle and it will stop children fearing wild animals! This is definately one of the main highlights of the park that I enjoy! The only downside to the safari is when it ends, you really want to go round again! It's such a brilliant safari and is much better than seeing caged animals, it's a great sight to see a lion roaming the British country side.
Although this may be thought of as boring for the children, I believe it's worth seeing, the house is magnificent and huge! So many priceless items that you can look at. There are tours of the house which go into more detail and are really interesting, I have done the tour 3 times and still enjoy it. You can also book a pivate tour where you go behind the public viewing areas and see private areas which were designed by lord bath! This is a must visit. You will be amazed at he interesting the house is, at the end of th house there is a lovely gift shop and cafe, food is reasonably priced, but tastes great :)
Other things to do:
There is a steam train which takes you near to the lake! It's great fun and lasts around 10 mins, it's great for kids and adults. You can also go on a boat ride in the lake. The lake has hippos and sea lions so it's great to do, it's strange seeing huge hippos in a British lake! The boat also goes past an area called gorilla island, this consists of huge gorillas! I really enjoyed doing both of these as a kid with my grandparents. Longleat has so much to do and it's hard to fit it all into one day, there are lots of shops, mazes and play areas. They also have meerkats and a beautiful butterfly house! You will not get bored at all, there is simply too much to do. When I was young we used to stay the night in a hotel and do it all over 2 days. I believe I have been here 5 times in my life and I will be going again this summer as I haven been for 2 years now! I do miss it and can't wait to get back there.
The last time I went we paid with tesco clubcard tokens, which we used are clubcard points to do. I know they are still accepting them because I am going to order some soon for the summer. A quick look online told me that the cost to go is as follows....
Adult - £27.50
Senior citizen - £22
Child - £19.50
If you would like a two day ticket they add ten pounds on to each of those prices! I think it's rather expensive these days. You can get a 15% discount if you order online, I believe they have increased there prices! It still will not put me off going though as its a truely perfect day out.
It's a great day out! I know you will love it too. If you live far away like I do, there are plenty of hotels in the area. There is so much to do in the area too! It's worth the money as you will create brilliant memories for you and your children! The staff are extremely friendly and will help you out, they will answer questions and make you feel very welcome. I have never had any problems and nothing to complain about. Don't be put off by the high prices, use clubcard points or book online to save money, you will not be dissapointed at all though.
I am giving this a 5 star! It's my favourite place to visit And I will continue to go there for many years! And when I have a family, I will also take them here. Brilliant day out!
Thanks for reading my review, hope it helps.
Summary: Longleat is the perfect place
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