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Mr_and_Mrs visit Twycross
Twycross Zoo (Warwickshire)
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Twycross Zoo (Warwickshire)
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This review is rather long as this is a rather large place, it is split into two parts one half for Mr and one half for Mrs if you are uninterested with the full review please scroll to the bottom of his or her experience for bulletpoints.
Prices for booking online as of 11/08/2012
Currently online booking includes a 5% discount
Child aged under 3: £0.95
Child aged 3 to 16: £9.50
Family ticket 2 adults with 2 children aged 3-16: £45.59
Disabled Adult: £9.50
Disabled Child: £7.60
Disabled Carers are free on a one to one ratio.
If you're paying at the site you have the option to give one pound extra for a donation to help the park.
If you are interested in a list and location of the animals at Twycross zoo you can visit the website at Twycrosszoo.org and download a map and list of animals currently available along with feeding times and other things to do at Twycross zoo, also available at the website is a Gorilla and Elephant WebCam where you can see a live feed of the gorillas and Elephants which will give you a better idea as to what to expect during your visit.
Be sure to plan your visit carefully as weather, time restraints and crowds can greatly effect your experience at this location.
Upon arriving we came upon a slight issue, and noticed several small construction vehicles dotted around the sides of the complex, not ready to give up I found us a parking space and found our way inside.
We were greeted with a rather spectacular sight and what proved to be one of the highlights of the day, expecting to walk in and lay my eyes on a half finished building with shoddily put together stalls and cranky workers just hoping the day would end, imagine my surprise when the staff was friendly the room stylish and the view spectacular.
We walked in and found a seat to wait out half an hour as in the excitement we managed to come early our attention was quickly grabbed when we realized that behind the large windows behind us was more than just a nice view but three beautiful Snow Leopards, I fell in love not wanting to ruin the visit we didn't read the animal list and this was a major shock we quickly whipped out the camera and started snapping photos straight away, shortly after we entered the zoo a few hours pass.
All the major animals that you would expect are in the zoo, Elephants, Giraffes, Hyenas, Leopards, Gorillas Etc but also interestingly there are several photo opportunities with Statues, Cardboard cutout elephants, nice scenery and other various things that are sure to make the perfect pictures of your kids (or childish husband) to remember your visit.
During the visit we found a very nice walking spot I believe may have been called the wetlands which was quiet and quite unrestricted with lots of chances for photographs, watched the penguins get fed which was rather crowded but I cant blame Twycross for that.
All in all it was a rather fun visit that Mr would love to do again The good outweigh the bad and while the food was expensive and the visit short the animals were lively the staff were nice and the ice-cream tasty, I even managed to talk Mrs into letting me bring a Silverback home.
- No Lions or tigers
- food and gifts overpriced
- Visit easily ruined by weather, crowds or time restraints
- Staff friendly
- Map and timetable very helpful
- Lots of monkeys, them being the main focus at the zoo
On arrival the layout of the entrance seemed rather confusing not helped by the construction that was going on at the time on the outside it seemed like a very impressive building which made me more excited to get in and look around.
Coming into the building there were a few doors which confused us slightly as we weren't sure which door to take, luckily someone pointed us towards the correct door.
as we arrived indoors we came to the tourist information area and asked our questions the staff there were very polite and helpful.
There was lots to do while we waited, watch the Snow Leopards, look around the shop or just buy a cup of tea and wait around while you watch tv.
The complex is lain out very well with a strong focus on monkeys they seem to take up about half the park and while they are fun to watch, tend to get tiresome after a while, however Twycross is also home to Elephants, Giraffes, Gorillas, Leopards and most other things you would more likely expect to see at a zoo.
The food is rather pricey and in small portions however there are plenty of picnic benches if you want to take your own food, with several cafes and ice cream vendors you're sure to find something you would fancy.
Toilets, tourist points, bins etc are dotted around the maps and are easy to find whenever you need them.
There is a small fun fair for kids with various rides and games that they can go on that have reasonable prices and is sure to keep the kids entertained, you may need to bring the kids a little pocket money as you don't really plan to pay or buy what you do.
All in all its a reasonable sized zoo, with friendly staff, a good variety of animals, easy to follow layout and maps and is a fun day out for the family.
- No tigers or lions along with other animals that you would expect at a zoo
- Food rather pricey
- Feeding times and talks to keep you occupied
- Staff friendly and helpful
- Very well laid out with an easy to follow map
Summary: Very fun family day out, will go again