Devon - Barnstaple
Exmoor Zoological Park
South Stowford, Bratton Fleming,
ON PEAK WORKING HOURS
|Sunday||10:00 - 17:00|
|Monday||10:00 - 17:00|
|Tuesday||10:00 - 17:00|
|Wednesday||10:00 - 17:00|
|Thursday||10:00 - 17:00|
|Friday||10:00 - 17:00|
|Saturday||10:00 - 17:00|
OFF PEAK WORKING HOURS
|Sunday||10:00 - 16:00|
|Monday||10:00 - 16:00|
|Tuesday||10:00 - 16:00|
|Wednesday||10:00 - 16:00|
|Thursday||10:00 - 16:00|
|Friday||10:00 - 16:00|
|Saturday||10:00 - 16:00|
Parking & Other
- Winter Price - Single Adult Entry ( £ 10.00 )
- Winter Price - Single Child Entry (3-15) ( £ 6.95 )
- Winter Price - Single Concessions ( £ 9.00 )
- 50p off Winter Price Saver Ticket (4 or more paying persons)
- Winter Price - Groups under 20 Adults ( £ 8.00 )
- Winter Price - Groups under 20 Children ( £ 5.75 )
- Winter Price - Group Concession £1 off
- Winter Price - Groups over 20 Adults ( £ 7.50 )
- Winter Price - Groups over 20 Children ( £ 5.25 )
- Under 3yrs FREE
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Terms and conditions
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Set in the North Devon countryside the zoo hosts winding paths lined with shrubs and trees providing homes for many of our wild species of birds and invertebrates, bringing you that much closer to nature. What's around the next corner? Take a look and enjoy the atmosphere of a relaxing stroll around our family run zoo.
Take your pick of a mixture of talks, handling and feeding sessions we provide all year round. You could make a friend with an Alpaca by stroking their soft warm fleece, or conquer your fears by handling a spider and snake! Ever wondered what the Exmoor Beast favourite meal is? Find out at our Exmoor beast feed and talk!
There is lots to see and do whatever the weather here at Exmoor Zoo. We look forward to seeing you soon!
We are extremely proud to announce that we were awarded both the best small attraction in Devon and the whole of the Southwest - a great achievement 2012/13. The zoo is not so large so as to prevent you seeing everything in a visit and has some very rare and unusual animals on display - many of which you will not see in other UK zoos!
As a member of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums), Exmoor zoo actively co-operates in national and international breeding programmes for many of the worlds rarest birds and animals. The zoo is particularly successful with its cranes and primates. Many bred at the zoo find homes with zoos and wildlife parks all over Europe. During most months of the year there are always new families to be seen with their parents in the zoo's aviaries, enclosures and paddocks.
At home the zoo realises the importance of its local habitats and wildlife. If you keep your eyes open while walking around the zoo you will see many unusual native birds, butterflies, insect, reptiles and amphibians happily living alongside their more exotic companions. The zoo maintains 2 areas of natural meadow within its grounds and its lake is home to a thriving colony of toads. During some years paths have had to be closed because of the number of young toad and froglets leaving the lake. Weeds and nettles are not automatically cleared as in some zoos and are encouraged in many areas to provide food and shelter for our own important wildlife.
Fundraising at the zoo has benefited many conservation projects both in the UK and abroad. Monies raised at the zoo last year helped to fund a project in Guyana , The Rupununi River Turtle project, The Barn owl trust in Devon benefits from a Barn owl day which the zoo runs every year, not only to raise awareness of the plight of this bird, but also funds to assist with the trusts work. Also The Devon Wildlife Trust. Recent years have also seen the zoo participating in EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums) campaigns. The zoo received a Bronze award for its donation to the save the rhino campaign.
The zoo has recently created a nature trail along the boundary stream at the bottom of the zoo. Originally overgrown with an invasive weed Himalayan balsam the area is being managed to return it to native meadow and scrub. A small flock of Soay sheep are intended to help achieve this along with active management.
Outside the main season the zoo can even bring itself to your home for an hour of exploration of the animal kingdom and a look at some amazing creatures from all over the world. We normally will bring up to 5 animals (our choice and subject to availability) for you to get up close and meet with a fun and educational talk. . The party visit lasts about an hour is intended to be fun and educational. The animals are all used to handling and travelling. Each animal will be introduced, presented and talked about to the children in an interesting and entertaining manner.
The birthday party road show is suitable for all children from 3 to 90 years of age. It is available most days of the week, subject to availability. Unfortunately, during school holidays there may be restrictions. Parties can be booked after school, on a Saturday or most evenings evening visits after 5.00pm are charged £150.00). Please ring and enquire about availability, dates and times. The birthday party road show costs a basic £100.00. This is subject to a maximum of 20 children and the destination occurring within a 20 mile radius of the zoo. The party visit from us will also include a special zoo gift for the birthday person.
By far the easiest way to get to Exmoor Zoo is by car. For car satellite navigation the postcode is EX31 4SG The zoo is situated along the A399 mid way between Combe Martin and South Molton. Once you leave the North Devon link road (the A361) it is exactly 10 miles along on the left hand side of the A399. This route approach on the A399 will take you past the granite quarries and Brayford. Brown tourist signs will direct you to the lane turning off the A399. The zoo is then 1/4 a mile down this lane. If you approach from the coast of North Devon the exact position is between Bratton Fleming and Exmoor Gate on the A399. Again brown tourist signs will direct you to us.
By Public transport/Bus
Only one bus service operates near to the zoo. This is the A310 that departs from Barnstaple (the bus central station for this area) to Lynton and returns. You will have to tell the driver you wish to visit the zoo and he will drop you on the A399 at our turning. Please be aware this will now require a walk of 1/4 a mile down a country lane and back when you have finished your visit to us.
Railway access is possible only to Barnstaple. This is a branch line operating from Exeter to Barnstaple referred to as the Tarka line which terminates at Barnstaple. A walk is then required to get to the Barnstaple central bus station and to continue on public service transport you will have to catch the 310 bus to Lynton.
About the zoo
Exmoor zoo is on a gentle slope. It is positioned on the side of a southwest-facing valley. The average gradient is 1 in 12, although two short steep slopes (1 in 5) are to be found in the grounds. At least 80% of all paths are laid to tarmac for ease of wheelchair and push chair access and level paths exist between the gentle slopes. All other paths are laid to scree.
A main car park exists adjacent to the zoo reception and entrance with tree shade. An overflow car park has to be passed to access the main car park.