Back in summer we visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park, which is somewhere we’ve been to a few times in the past and have always enjoyed. If you’re local, it’s a great destination for a family day out. I have just been scrolling through my photos and came across some from our day there so I thought it would be worth putting them into a blog post for anyone who might be considering a trip.
If you aren’t familiar with Yorkshire Wildlife Park, it’s located close to Doncaster in South Yorkshire and is easily accessed from the A1, M1 and M18. It’s about a 40 minute drive for us in Sheffield, so is ideal as the next closest zoo for us is Chester Zoo which is over an hour and a half away.
The wildlife park is built on a former riding school and farm and has come a long way since it first opened in April 2009. The park now has over 400 animals and over 70 different species of animal.
“Our mission is to create a dynamic, interactive experience and regional centre of excellence for the conservation of biodiversity globally and locally that is sustainable both for the environment and the business. To promote a wider understanding of the natural world and inspire generations to support and protect the world around them”.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is well known for it’s polar bears, which are always one of our favourite things to see. We also love the giraffes, lions and the tigers. The park is also home to rhinos, baboons, leopards, meerkats, giant otters, camels, ostrich and much more.
There are various events on throughout the day such as live shows, ranger talks and feeding times. You can see the full timetable here. And don’t forget to explore the children’s play areas, of which there’s five in total (both indoor and outdoor). My children particularly enjoyed the Oasis Adventure Play Area which I believe is new to the park. There you’ll find swings, slides, climbing frames and even a zip line.
There’s plenty of outdoor picnic areas around the park as well as cafes, coffee shops and restaurants. The indoor cafes can get quite busy around lunch time though so if it’s a nice day I would definitely suggest taking your own food with you. This saves you money too as food at places like this is always a little on the pricey side.
The park is open every day apart from Christmas Day from 10am. It’s always better to book tickets in advance online and it’s cheaper that way. An online adult ticket is £16.50, child (age 3-15) £14.50 and under 3’s are free. For more information on tickets click here.
Overall we think that Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a fantastic family day out. Sure, it’s not exactly cheap but it’s inline with similar attractions in the UK. If you make the most of the park, see everything and spend a decent amount of time there I think it’s definitely worth the money.
Have you ever been to Yorkshire Wildlife Park?
Thank you for reading.