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A grand day out!
Welsh Mountain Zoo (Colwyn Bay)
Member Name: ladyradley
Welsh Mountain Zoo (Colwyn Bay)
Advantages: A lovely setting
Disadvantages: It can be a way to walk for some.
We recently visited The Welsh Mountain Zoo whilst staying in Chester and we had a wonderful day out! We were pleased with the amount of entertainment they had on throughout the day and also the amount of unspoilt landscapes that were there which you don't tend to get with the bigger zoos.
When we came here it was quite a damp day but that didn't stop us from enjoying our time here and we still saw plenty of animals despite the wet weather.
I can't remember what the prices were exactly but I do know it was under £10 per adult which I thought was good value as you do tend to be here for a good few hours if not the whole day. You pay on your way in at a little hut which was good, you just stay in the car and wait until your turn so it was better than having to queue on foot with excitable children wanting to just get on and see animals.
The zoo is set up in the hills in Colwyn Bay and was easy to get to. It didn't look like there was a zoo there because it all looked so understated and unspoilt. I suppose it is because this zoo is not a huge one like Chester Zoo, instead it's smaller and less over stated which makes it feel so much more intimate.
The car park had plenty of spaces even though we went on a Saturday although by th etime we left it looked like it was getting much busier.
We had been given a map when we paid and it came in very useful as this place is laid out all over the grounds. The animals are not all one after another instead you have quite a bit of walking to do inbetween them which made it a nicer day out instead of just going from one to the next and not really appreciating it. Instead we would walk from one whilst discussing what we'd just seen and what was coming up next.
There were many animals to see my grandchildren particularly liked the penguins! There was a little petting farm where children could touch the animals which was also very entertaining for them! I liked the sea lions and we enjoyed going to a sealion show. There was an ape show too which was amusing although it was raining so we didn't actually sit through the whole thing.
The various animals look to be well kept with their cages/pens all being large and in good condition. There are pieces of information on plaques beside the places so that you can read a bit about the animals. This information was only short so it wouldn't bore children although my grandchildren were not really interested in it at all as they are under four so they just wanted to watch the animals themselves.
There are sign posts around so you can navigate your way around but the map was most useful.
The cafe was very nice with huge windows that overlooked the zoo. It was lovely sitting by the window being able to see so far. The choice of food was varied with there being fresh food available and not just prepacked sandwiches. The toilets were downstairs in this building and a bit gloomy but perfectly fine and functioning.
There is a gift shop which sells lots of different things like soft toys and things which my grandchildren were all treated to!
We were here for over four hours and I'm sure if it hadn't have been raining we would have spent longer enjoying the walks and views and so I think it was very good value for money. A full day out for less than £10 per adult (children were cheaper although as I say I cannot recall the exact price) with nice food to have at lunch times. I really cannot complain about price at all.
It was family friendly as the paths were wide enough for pushchairs and there was plenty of children of different ages to enjoy- just looking at the animals or attending a show...
I definitely recommend this place if you are in North Wales. As I say we travelled here from Chester and it was well worth the drive. I had a lovely day here and can imagine on a sunny day it's even better!