Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Filby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 3DR
Tel: +44 (0)1493 369477 Fax: +44 (0)1493 368256 „
I visited Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens during the Easter Holidays with my five year old daughter. I have been previously but it was several years ago and it has changed a bit since then.
The Zoo is situated close to Great Yarmouth and can be reached by following the brown signs on the A47 or the A149.
There is ample free parking and the admission prices were £8.90 for myself and £6.90 for my daughter. Seniors are £7.90 and unders 3s are free. You can buy a year long season ticket for £24 for adults and £16 for children, this is well worth investing in if you are local.
There is a voucher on the website which gives 50p off the admission price for up to six people, and there is often discount vouchers in the local press.
We visited the swamp house first, and be warned the heat literally hits you as you walk in. If you wear glasses these will steam up instantly, as did the lens on my camera.
There are some absolutely huge crocodiles in here and some smaller ones too, but its an excellent habitat that has been provided for them.
Next, its on to the monkeys, and through the leopard walk and past the red panda.
There is a small childrens play area with some good climbing frames to keep them amused for a while.
Then it was up to the Lime Tree Lookout with overlooks the lake. It is quite high, so not for those who don't like heights!!
There is a little bridge across the lake which displays the chinese signs of the zodiac, what they mean, and celebrities born under that sign. I found this very interesting.
The main attraction for me is the tigers, there is a walkway which goes above their cage and you get a really good view of them if they are at the top on the ledge, which they were when we were there. But for the double fences they were near enough to reach out and touch!!
After this we visited another area which houses some other big cats, but I felt that some of the enclosures were a little small, so that was a bit disappointing.
There are several other species that I haven't mentioned, so you can easily spend a good few hours at this zoo, there is plenty to see and do.
There is a small gift shop with a good selection of gifts from less then a pound, so ok for pocket money toys.
We took a picnic, and there are plenty of benches around to sit on. There is a large cafe with hot and cold food available, but we didn't use it, so I can't comment on the price, but it did look very nice and clean.
The toilets are large and kept very clean.
One thing to look out for is the stork who nests on top of the Hall, apprantly its been there for years, and the nest is huge.
All in all, a good day out at a reasonable price for a Zoo, we will definately visit later again in the year.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens: This is a lovely small zoo, not as big as most standard sized zoo's but it makes up for it with its outstanding Chinese landscaped grounds and gardens. You can spend ages looking at the scenery of the area itself.
Where to find them:
You will find them south of the village of Filby just 8 miles outside Great Yarmouth. Follow the brown road signs from the A47 at Acle or from A149 at Caister on Sea.
The park is open everyday of the year from 10am. Park closes between 5pm and 6pm depending on time of year.
2006 prices are: £7.70 an adult, £5.90 a child 4-14, £6.90 for a SENIOR CITIZEN.
You can also buy a season ticket which are priced as follows:
£22.00 for an adult
£16.00 for a child 4-14
£18.00 for a SENIOR CITIZEN.
If you look out in local press you can normally pick up a voucher which gives 50p off per person up to 6 people.
The park has a Free car park, this carpark has plenty of space and has an extra area if needed.
The park has a wide selection of animals including tigers, crocodiles, gibbons, birds, wild cats, otters plus plenty more for you to see. I love the pot bellied pigs they just have lovely little personalities.
The swamp house: I have never been to a zoo or wildlife park and seen something as amazing as the swamp house. Be warned its very hot,lovely in cold weather. The Swamp house was built for crocodiles, so its as close to their environment as possible. The swamp house also house's snakes and Lizards.
Lime Tree Lookout
The lime tree lookout provides an excellent vantage point from which to study the various wildfowl in the willow pattern lake. It can be very scarey if you don't like heights like myself, whom took ages to get from one end to the other.
Tiger Tree Walk
The tiger tree walk high in the trees is not for the faint hearted. It is a special walk constructed in the trees which surround the tigers' enclosure to provide the opportunity for an excellent birds' eye view. You can not get wheel chairs or pushchairs up there, but they do cater for this as they have recently added a ramped area which looks over the tigers cage.
Cafe & Gift Shop:
To be honest i would bring a picnic as the shop is very pricey with little choice. The gift shop is okay but it is quit small so try and pick a less busier time of the day to pop in. The items in the shop are quit cheap but they could do with a better selection of Park related gifts.
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