15 April 2015

Family Fun at The Welsh Mountain Zoo

Voted one of the top ten attractions in North Wales, the Welsh Mountain Zoo is a lovely place for a day trip, especially as it reasonably low cost too. For just £38.10 a family of four like ours can spend the day interacting with animals, watching creatures big and small being fed and having lots of outdoor play at the Jungle Adventureland. We have just returned from a holiday at Conwy over Easter and this attraction really appealed to the Mini Mes.




After paying from your vehicle at the entrance you drive around to the car park which is in the centre of the zoo. It's a really picturesque location with some stunning views across the Snowdonia Mountain range, Isle of Anglesey and the coastline. If you don't want to take your car you can always pop on the free mini bus between May and September from the railway station nearby instead however.

We set off to take a peek at the aviaries first, along with the macaws and parrots, as we could see some large birds wandering around in an open enclosure. We then moved on to seeing the Tamarins or 'cute baby monkeys' as the children named them which were fascinated by my sequin covered bag to the extent they were coming up to the glass and following me every time I altered my position!




The meerkats were equally as adorable and after seeing those, a porcupine (I don't think I've seen one as close up!) we checked out the camels, gibbons, reptile house, alligator beach and went to the children's farm area - one of the highlights of our day. You can enter via a gate and get up close and personal with the tiniest, fluffiest rabbits we have ever encountered. The staff told us that some of them were just a week or so old yet they were very curious and hopping about to say hello to us. We were allowed to handle them and we spent quite a while admiring them. Minxy has now asked for one as a pet which I'm debating!

A little while later there was an announcement that the bird display was beginning so we went to the opposite side of the zoo to watch. Each of the birds were brought out and shown to everyone while they told us all some interesting facts about them. It was fun yet informative. As this finished the Sea Lion feeding session began and this was definitely the best part of our day. They were so playful, obedient and talented and it was incredible to watch all of their tricks. We actually sat on the benches at the side of the tank afterwards to enjoy some snacks and Jamster just had borrow my camera to take a sea lion selfie as they were his favourite!




We took a picnic with us but there is the Cafe Safari and Flagstaff Cafe to pick up some nibbles if you are hungry. There is also a sweet shop on site if you are looking for some treats right next to the gift store. After eating we had a wander towards the penguins, flamingos, chimpanzees, leopards and paddocks which home a variety of animals. There is a walk through Lemur section where you can stand right next to them while they run around (although they weren't very sociable for us) and there is also a large play area with zip wires, some rather bumpy slides and climbing apparatus to enjoy which is where we ended our day... it's a great location to wear the kids out before dinner.

You can see some video footage from our day here:





It was quite quiet when we visited as I think the welsh holiday is slightly different to ours so it was lovely to wander around at a leisurely pace. It's is smaller than other zoos we have visited in England but there is still enough to see and do to keep you busy.

Have you been to the Welsh Mountain Zoo?


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24 comments :

  1. I've not been, but I have it on my radar to go next time we are in the area. Love your pictures.

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  2. Lovely photos Emma, looks like you had a super day xx

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  3. Oh we were just in North Wales over Easter, shame we missed this it looks like great fun. I'l put it on the list for next time! Lovely pics.

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  4. Never been but it looks like a lot of fun and I'm sure my kids would love it too

    Abi

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  5. We've never been but after reading this, we'll be visiting next time we near by.

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  6. this looks like an amazing place to visit, wish it was closer!

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  7. Aww looks like a lovely day out. Great photos x

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  8. We have never been - I LOVE animals though. This is such great value too. Thank you for linking up to #travelwithkids

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  9. Wow sounds fantastic, my girls would love to interact with the animals x

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  10. I've not been but it looks like a great day out and reasonably priced too. Great video!

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  11. Oh this sounds like an amazing place to visit, what a fun day out :) x

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  12. oh how fantastic would love to take my lot here, wales seems a long way away though

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  13. I've never heard of this zoo before but it's not to far from us to North Wales.

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  14. ooh I have never even heard of here. But looks like a fab day.

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  15. Some lovely pictures here and sounds like you had a great day out. My boys are at the ages where they're fascinated by animals and our hoping to visit Paignton Zoo when we're on holiday in July!

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  16. I haven't been to the Welsh Mountain Zoo, or even heard of it, so thanks for letting me know! It looks like a delighful day out - nice range of different animals. That part of the world really is beautiful.

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  17. I love Zoos! We have never been to that one but i am so impressed with the price! You can pay that amount just for one adult in some places x

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  18. £38 is fantastic for 4 of you! Our local zoo costs a fortune! xx

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  19. Oh I haven't even heard of the Welsh Mountain Zoo but it sounds great and a really good price. Will look it up when we're next in the area, thank you!

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  20. I've not heard of Welsh Mountain Zoo before, it does look fun

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  21. oh this looks like lots of fun! the costs is a real incentive too

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  22. Love the look of this place and hope to visit Wales soon with the family so will bookmark it to visit

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  23. Oh that looks like an awesome day out; we were in Snowdonia back in 2009 but didn't go to the zoo as it was February, freezing, and Miss J was only three months old, so not much point ;) Will definitely be heading there next time we make it to N. Wales though. Thanks so much for linking up to #travelwithkids

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  24. This looks a lovely zoo we have never been but it is reasonably priced

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