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Our favourite zoo!
Welsh Mountain Zoo (Colwyn Bay)
Member Name: milliesmum123
Welsh Mountain Zoo (Colwyn Bay)
Advantages: not too big, nice lay out
As a family we have visited so many zoos! I'm not sure who loves them most me or my little girl! Whenever we go out for the day we head to the zoo and so have visited lots I think this is my favourite. Below you will see why.
Where is it?
As the name suggests it's in the Welsh Mountains! It is in Colwyn Bay which is north Wales. It is easy to get to. It is well sign posted from the main road of Colwyn Bay. I wouldn't say that you could walk there though from the town as it is up steep hills and is a bit of a drive away but they do run buses that take you there. We went by car and found it easy to get to. For once my fella and I didn't have a silly argument about instructions! I think if you are having a holiday in North Wales then this is an ideal place to visit, it's in lots of the leaflets about tourist attractions.
What can you see
This is not a big zoo and I think this is why I like it. Even though it isn't big there are still plenty of animals to see. There are penguins, parrots, alligators, a petting farm area, bears and many more. There are enough animals to keep your children entertained and they are all kept in lovely surroundings. It is built in the hillside/mountains and so as you walk around you are exposed to lots of lovely views. So as well as enjoying seeing animals you can enjoy views and lovely walks. There is quite a lot of walking from one animal to another and some of it is up steep hills we managed it fine with a pushchair but I think you may struggle if you are not very fit.
A great day out
What is great about this day out is that you can enjoy fresh air, walks, watching animals and seeing beautiful views of the sea. My little girl loved the petting farm area where she was allowed to get close to little goats and lambs. I always like the bear area and my husband, strangely! likes the flamingos! You can spend all day here but not in the same way as you might with Chester Zoo or other big zoos, this is more laid back zoo if you're going to be here all day you will take your time and not spend all day trying to fit everything in. The restaurant area is nice too. Not just your usual fried, simple foods but also some home cooked meals like a roast chicken and a big pasta bake! All nice warming foods if you've been walking around outside all day! It's nice to feel like you've been well fed and the portion sizes are great too!
The zoo is very clean. I never once saw any litter and the areas are very well maintained. Lots of staff around and all the pathways are kept so it's easy to walk down them. There are a couple of play areas too my daughter spent ours playing here whilst I sat on a bench with an icecream!
Should you visit?
I think if you are in the area then you should pay this place a visit. Children will love it, they will get to see lots of animals as well as enjoy some fresh air and the play area. There are some events on too, we saw a sealion show where they got fed which was quite sweet to see! I enjoyed it anyway! You will have nice walks too and it's nice to have some good food at a place like this. It is clean, some of the animals are not in he biggest of cages maybe that is my only criticism. They also host kids parties and things and school trips. A day out here cost us £50 and that included us all to get in, dinner and some icecreams oh and a few items from the gift shop. Definitely well worth the money as we were here a good six hours and came away feeling very happy. We have visited a couple of times in the past too and will definitely be visiting again.
Summary: we really like it