Dartmoor Zoo

Dartmoor Zoo, Sparkwell, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 5DG

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Dartmoor Zoo, connecting people and wildlife.

Join us for a fun packed, animal filled day, on the edge of one of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes.

Hidden on the borders of Dartmoor National Park, Dartmoor Zoo boasts a wonderful 33 acres of woodland, celebrating a wide range of exotic and native animals, including the biggest variety of big cats in the South West of England. From the majestic Amur tiger, African lion and cheetah, to monkeys, meerkats and tapir, you’re bound to find some of your favourites. With our unique enclosure designs, you’ll also feel closer to these amazing animals than ever before.

Home of the Hollywood film 'We bought a Zoo', Dartmoor Zoo is a charity dedicated to wildlife conservation, education and research. We work hard to ensure that the development of the Zoo does not have an adverse effect on the beautiful woodland environment.

There are regular daily events such as public talks at feeding times, animal encounters and special activities for the family during the holidays such as trails and face-painting.

To refuel during the day, our Jaguar Restaurant is a great place to stop off for a coffee and cake or a freshly cooked lunch and there's space set aside for the under-fives to have in-door fun. Our gift shop is also located inside and is stocked full of unique gifts, cuddly toys, branded souvenirs and many more items suitable for all ages!

Dartmoor Zoo is open from 10am every day (closed on 24th, 25th and 26th December).

Closing times vary throughout the year so please check our website to find out more.

Couples looking for a truly unique wedding venue in Devon are encouraged to visit the Dartmoor Zoo weddings page to request more information.

Opening Times

Open 10am - 4pm daily (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)



Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car (sat nav PL7 5DG)

If you’re arriving from the A38, take the Deep Lane turn off signed for Plympton, follow the signs for ‘Wildlife Park’ from the roundabout at Chaddlewood. This will take you past Langage Business Park to Sparkwell village, which we are just on the far side of. Once you get to Sparkwell, drive through the village and you’ll find us approximately 300 yards further on.



Public Transport Directions

By bus: The 59 bus service stops outside the zoo main entrance.Route 59 operates from Monday to Saturday. There is no service on Sundays and bank holidays. The 59 leaves Royal Parade (stop A13) in Plymouth City Centre takes around 30 minutes, stopping at Sparkwell village and then right outside the zoo entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes in the opposite direction from the George Park and Ride outside of Plymouth.





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    Recent Reviews:

    • nicolar599
      Devon, United Kingdom
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      Massively disappointed
      1 of 5 stars
      30th June 2024
      Came with my two small grandsons both of which use a buggy. Sad to say truly isn’t very buggy friendly luckily I see the larger straw as the old grandchild could walk. Small gravel paths and buggy’s... Read full review
    • Alice K
      A lovely day out
      4 of 5 stars
      12th July 2024
      I went to Dartmoor Zoo on a day out with friends. We had a lovely day. A range of different animals in enclosures that felt in keeping with the surroundings and enriching for the animals. We saw the... Read full review
    • Joseph T
      Otter talk was awesome
      5 of 5 stars
      13th July 2024
      12/07/24 Had a great day out with myself, 4 siblings, niece and B.I.L. The otter talk was great and the guy who assisted it was awesome. I think his name was Ray or Roy. Bit upset we couldn't see the... Read full review

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