Lemurs at Longleat Safari Park

Longleat is an estate in Wiltshire comprising an animal adventure park, a safari drive, and a stately home and gardens. It is huge. We spent several hours here and didn’t get to see everything.Longleat Safari Park review

Longleat is not a cheap day out but you get a lot for your money. It’s worth getting there as early as possible. We got there at around 9.30am on the day of our visit. We had booked our tickets online in advance (you get a discount on the gate price if you do), and getting through the gate was pretty quick. We were advised to head for the safari drive first as “it gets busy near lunchtime”. We dumped a car at the main car park and all piled into one for our trip around the safari.

The cars were queuing at the safari gates when we got there. There were toilets though so we could get out for a quick visit. It was quite well organised with staff coming down the two lines of cars to check our tickets and give us our Steve Backshall Deadly 60 CD for the car.

The gates opened bang on 10am. We drove down to the first part, where we parked and went off to explore the area. Here there is an explorers den where you can learn how to be safari explorers with a video of Steve Backshall. It wasn’t much use but the girls enjoyed it anyway. We picked up four free safari spotters books to use with our CD.

We had a walk through the lemur walk-through, which was very good. The lemurs were plentiful and active, and delighted and startled the girls in equal measure.

Lemurs at Longleat Safari Park

Then we joined the short queue for the giraffe feeding. For £2 a stalk, you can feed the giraffes from the platform. It was fantastic. The giraffes were very friendly and willing. You can buy more stalks for a discount, which is handy when you have a few children wanting to have a turn.

Giraffe feeding at Longleat Safari Park

There were other animals in this area including wallabies. Then we got back in the car to do the main safari drive.

The safari drive took around two hours. There are no toilets on the way and you can not, under any circumstances, get out of your car. You can have the window open in some areas, but best to have them closed for some animals.

Our favourite parts of the safari drive was the monkey enclosure, and the deers. The monkeys were suitably active but very picky about which cars they wanted to surf on. We had one sit on our back windscreen wiper for a while but they were more interested in the cars with roof bars on, or more that they were more interested in trying to remove the roof bars. The car in front suffered some damage to their back windscreen wiper but considering the amount of monkeys in there, there wasn’t too much mess. The girls loved the monkeys and wanted to stay in there all day.

The drive through monkey enclosure at Longleat Safari Park

The deer were lovely. As you drove through you could buy a pot of deer food (the buying food thing is a bit of a theme at Longleat) and then feed the deer from your car. They were very willing and descended on the car as soon as it looked like we were parking up. The food was soon gone. Top tip – take hand wipes.

Feeding the deer at Longleat Safari Park

The big cats were a bit of a disappointment. It was quite hot when we visited so the lions and tigers were all just lying about in the shade. As impressive as they are, you’ll be lucky to get much more than a glance at a distance. Other animals such as the rhinos, and the ostrich were much more obliging! There is also a very impressive herd of zebra.The safari drive at Longleat Safari Park

The safari over and we drove back down to the main car park so we could explore the adventure park. This was part zoo, part attractions, and there was plenty to do.

Our first stop – after the loos and a very good handwashing – was to get some lunch. We got some hot dogs from the booth. At £5 a piece they were nice but pricey. I split one between two children as they are big enough. It’s also a bit awkward as you can’t buy drinks from the hot dog booth and have to re-queue at another. There are lots of outdoor picnic tables, or indoor cafes if you prefer.

Food and drink at Longleat Safari Park

The Jungle Cruise was pretty good. This is a boat ride out to see the gorillas on the island – who were not very visible at the time of our trip – and the hippos and sealions in the lake. Again, you could buy a pot of food and feed the sealions from the boat. They are very noisy and active, and made a beeline for the boat as soon as they saw the fish being dangled. We really enjoyed this bit and this was probably the longest queue of the day at about 15-20 minutes.

The Jungle Cruise at Longleat Safari Park

There are lots of other animal attractions to explore, with a butterfly house, more monkeys, giant porcupines, cute otters, and a very good meerkat walkthrough. The lorikeet feeding (£1 for a tiny pot of nectar) was also a lot of fun.

Lorikeets at Longleat Safari Park

One part the twins were looking forward to was the Postman Pat Village. It was ok. It was very well done but apart from houses with buttons to press there wasn’t much else there. I was expecting a themed ride or two, but apart from a strategically placed Postman Pat themed gift shop, there wasn’t a lot to do. Great for little Postman Pat fans but not really worth the trip on its own.

Postman Pat Village at Longleat Safari Park

We all enjoyed the Rockin’ Rhino ride. It wasn’t very exciting but was good for little ones.

The Rockin' Rhino ride at Longleat Safari Park

The obligatory parrot show was excellent – probably the best I’ve seen. The parrots of course were roller skating, driving little cars, and doing jigsaw puzzles – the usual really, but the presenter was enthusiastic and got the audience involved. The girls loved the show. 

The parrot show at Longleat

Our last stop of the day was Penguin Bay, where we saw a colony of penguins, and prodded a ray or two. The penguins were all inside by this time as their outdoor enclosure was being cleaned, so we couldn’t do the penguin walkthrough, but we enjoyed it anyway. Gotta love a penguin!Penguins and rays at Longleat Safari Park

We were there from opening time to closing time and didn’t do everything. We didn’t do the famous maze, or see inside the main house, or go on all of the playgrounds. We only had time for one trip on the perimeter train, and didn’t get to go back and see our favourite animals again. I can see why people buy an annual pass and come back again and again.

We really did have a good, full day out.

For more information, please visit http://www.longleat.co.uk/

Longleat Safari Park review



Joanne and the girly gang review family days out around the UK and beyond, with a little help from their friends.

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  1. What a great looking day out. Never been to Longleat, to be honest, I only thought it was mainly just the Safari park so never been overly fussed about it. I think it’s great that you can feed so many animals though! (And oh boy, I’m also scared as all that food would probably cost me a fortune, haha).

    Everyone loves a Penguin 😀


  2. I hve driven past the signs to Longleat so many times on the way to my Mum’s house but have never been. Your post makes me realise I really must rectify this and try and visit when I am in the UK again.

    Many thanks for linking up with #AnimalTales and apologies for being so late commenting – we have had a sad week … and a birthday thrown in too … so blogging had to take a back seat for a while.

  3. glad you had a lovely day and you got to see so much. When you go on a safari in Africa you can spend days driving round and only seeing antelopes. Although I prefer a real safari, I do like to be able to see the animals and study them.
    I hate places though that charge you money to feed their food to their animals, but a great experience for the kids

  4. Brings back lots of happy memories from when we visited a few years ago – we did it in reverse to you – park first then safari late afternoon which worked well. The lions were actually one of our highlights, there were cubs when we visited and two lions started play fighting right in front of our car. We have roof bars so of course the monkeys loved us too!

    The Longleat maze actually gives me nightmares – we got lost and couldn’t get out 🙁 Someone had to direct us to the secret exit from a look out tower.

    I agree that the sea lion feeding was fantastic. We hope to visit again next year with my mam – can’t wait! Thanks for linking to #traveltales xx

  5. I’ve always fancied visiting Longleat after seeing it on TV. Such a fab post and a great day out! xx

  6. Sounds amazing. I love that there is food available for the animals. I’m not sure how much I would end up spending in a day (and I don’t have kids :)) ). I loved the pictures and your description.

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