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.

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:

    • carlys977
      Colchester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Its ok
      3 of 5 stars
      31st Mar 2024
      Not my favourite zoo but glad i ticked it off my list. Very hilly so be aware. Animals were well cared for in large enclosures. One of those zoos that need some good funding to make it more... Read full review
    • SSSh2010
      Chichester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Lovely little zoo
      5 of 5 stars
      31st Mar 2024
      staff were welcoming& very helpful. Amur tiger and African lion were very impressive and had the most crowd. Kate gave a lovely commentary during tiger feeding time. Ice cream was lovely and... Read full review
    • pjpolden
      Trip Type:
      Great little zoo
      4 of 5 stars
      11th Apr 2024
      Stopped here on our way to our holiday cottage. We had been before so knew it wasn’t the biggest zoo but you can get up very close to the big cats which is cool. Also some very good talks... Read full review

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