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Are you looking for a unique, fun-filled family animal adventure in Devon? Look no further than Dartmoor Zoo, a hidden gem in Devon, England’s heart. With a diverse range of animals, engaging activities, and a friendly atmosphere, Dartmoor Zoo offers an unforgettable experience for all ages.

A Zoo with a Difference

Dartmoor Zoo is not your typical zoo. It’s a place where wildlife conservation meets family fun. The zoo is home to a variety of animals from around the globe, including an Amur tiger, African lion, wolves, and meerkats, to name a few. But what sets Dartmoor Zoo apart is its commitment to education and conservation. The zoo’s dedicated team works tirelessly to ensure the animals’ well-being and to educate visitors about the importance of wildlife conservation.

Unforgettable Experiences

One of the highlights of Dartmoor Zoo is the opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals. The zoo offers a range of experiences, including animal encounters and keeper-for-a-day experiences. These experiences not only create lasting memories but also foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the animal kingdom.

Rave Reviews

Don’t just take our word for it. Dartmoor Zoo has received glowing reviews from visitors on both Google and TripAdvisor. One visitor described their experience as “absolutely fantastic,” praising the knowledgeable staff and the variety of animals. Another visitor highlighted the zoo’s focus on conservation, stating, “The zoo is clearly very focused on conservation and education, which is great to see.”

On TripAdvisor, Dartmoor Zoo has also received high praise. A recent visitor shared, “We had a fantastic day out at Dartmoor Zoo. The staff were friendly and informative, and the animals were amazing. The kids loved the meerkat experience.” Another visitor commented, “A great day out for the family. The animals are well cared for, and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable.”

A Day Out for the Whole Family

Dartmoor Zoo is more than just a zoo. It’s a place for families to connect, learn, and have fun. The zoo offers a variety of activities for children, including a play area and interactive talks. Plus, with a café serving delicious food and a gift shop filled with unique souvenirs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Join the Adventure

So why wait? Discover the magic of Dartmoor Zoo for yourself. Whether you’re an animal lover, a budding conservationist, or simply looking for a fun day out with the family, Dartmoor Zoo promises a family animal adventure in Devon you won’t forget.

Remember, by visiting Dartmoor Zoo, you’re not only creating unforgettable family memories, but you’re also contributing to vital conservation work. It’s a win-win!

Plan your visit today and join the Dartmoor Zoo family. Adventure awaits!


Every love story is inherently unique, so why not reflect that on your wedding day and elevate your big day? There are many unique wedding experiences on offer at Dartmoor Zoo. Envision a setting where romance seamlessly intertwines with adventure. At Dartmoor Zoo exotic creatures and breathtaking landscapes converge to create an unforgettable celebration. Nestled within the picturesque Devon landscape, Dartmoor Zoo offers a wedding experience that stands far above the ordinary.

Discovering the Distinctive Allure of Zoo Weddings

Distinctive in nature, zoo weddings blend the innate charm of the wild with the joyous spirit of celebration. Dartmoor Zoo presents features that set it apart from conventional venues. Picture the exchange of vows within the historic Goodamoor House, enveloped by original wooden flooring and a crackling fireplace. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the modern elegance of the Jaguar Suite. This is a space that leaves a lasting impression for intimate receptions. For larger gatherings, the Jaguar Restaurant morphs, while the heart of the zoo becomes a grand summer wonderland. Each locale radiates its own allure, ensuring your wedding remains uniquely unforgettable.

Nature’s Embrace: The Zoo’s Enchanting Ambiance

What truly sets Dartmoor Zoo apart is its relationship with the natural environment, adding an extra layer to your celebration. The surrounding splendour of lush landscapes and captivating animal habitats seamlessly intertwines with your wedding narrative. Ceremonies conducted amidst the enclosures imbue your day with wonder and awe, forging indelible memories for both you and your cherished guests.

Real Stories, Real Magic

The couples who have chosen Dartmoor Zoo as their unique wedding venue have stories as diverse as the animals themselves. From intimate ceremonies to grand celebrations amidst exotic enclosures, each love story interweaves with the zoo’s inherent charm. Their experiences are a testament to Dartmoor Zoo’s ability to transform weddings into captivating odysseys, where the memories forged are as distinct as the couples themselves.

Crafting Your Dream Wedding: The Power of Customization

Dartmoor Zoo acknowledges that your wedding should be a mirror of your dreams and love story. Offering a spectrum of customizable options, you can meticulously curate an event that aligns seamlessly with your vision. Regardless of whether your plan entails an intimate union or a grand celebration, Dartmoor Zoo’s versatile spaces are canvases primed to bring your dreams to fruition. From delectable buffet spreads to elegant sit-down repasts, their diverse catering packages guarantee your guests to embark on a culinary journey as unforgettable as your love.

Unforgettable Moments Amidst Nature’s Splendor

Beyond the scenic vistas, Dartmoor Zoo presents unique moments that soar beyond the ordinary. Envision your loved ones mingling with meerkats, forging close encounters with a majestic tiger, or being spellbound by a mesmerizing falconry display. These unparalleled interactions not only inhabit your wedding day but serve as cherished memories that paint a vibrant tapestry of awe and elation.

Embrace the Extraordinary: Your Journey Begins

Your wedding day is an exquisite canvas upon which the extraordinary can unfold, and Dartmoor Zoo stands poised to manifest that vision into reality. With its distinctive offerings and an ambience that captivates, every aspect will be meticulously crafted to ensure your love story radiates resplendently. If you seek a wedding experience that mirrors the uniqueness of your journey, Dartmoor Zoo extends an invitation to embark on an adventure that will leave your heart aglow with untamed joy.

Ready to begin this remarkable journey? Contact us today to plan your exceptional zoo wedding experience at Dartmoor Zoo. An unforgettable adventure awaits.

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Preserving Your Unforgettable Day: Capturing the Magic of Zoo Weddings

Your wedding day is a tapestry of emotions, love, and unforgettable moments. At Dartmoor Zoo, we understand the significance of these moments and offer you a canvas of stunning backdrops, including our captivating animal residents, to make your wedding photography genuinely extraordinary.

Read more in our Wedding Suppliers Portfolio to find local photographers who can make your vision a reality. All photographers included have generously agreed to a charitable donation upon booking, so ‘Say I Do at Dartmoor Zoo’ and do good, all whilst creating the wedding of your dreams!

A Photo Like No Other: Animal Experiences for Unique Wedding Photos

“Why not seize the opportunity and book an animal experience after the ceremony for a wedding photo like no other!” Imagine a photo where you and your partner are feeding charismatic meerkats, sharing an intimate moment that embodies the uniqueness of your journey. These animal experiences create memorable photos and add unparalleled charm to your wedding album.

Tips for Photographers: Capturing Natural Beauty and Animal Interactions

Capturing the essence of a zoo wedding requires a unique approach. Here are some tips for photographers to make the most of this enchanting setting:

  • Embrace Natural Light: Dartmoor Zoo’s lush surroundings provide ample natural light. Use it to enhance the vibrancy of your photographs.
  • Animal Interactions: Coordinate with the couple and the zookeepers to capture candid moments of animal interactions. These shots reflect the awe and wonder of the day.
  • Blend with Nature: Utilize the zoo’s stunning landscapes to create compositions that showcase the harmony between love and nature.
  • Capture Emotions: Focus on candid shots that capture the emotions of the couple, their families, and friends. These genuine moments tell a story.

Capturing Memories, Crafting Stories: The Power of Photography

The art of photography transcends time, preserving memories that weave the fabric of our lives. At Dartmoor Zoo, we offer a canvas where love, nature, and animal encounters converge to create an unforgettable wedding day. With our animal experiences, expert photographers, and enchanting backdrops, your wedding album will be a testament to the beauty of your love story.

Experience the Magic of Zoo Wedding Photography

Wildlife Inspired Wedding at Dartmoor Zoo: Where Love Meets Wildlife

Why book a wildlife-inspired wedding? Your wedding day is more than an event; it’s a celebration of love, a symbol of your commitment, and the start of a remarkable journey. Now, picture this special day amidst the mesmerising presence of exotic animals. At Dartmoor Zoo, we invite you to step into a world where your wedding becomes an unforgettable adventure enriched by the magic of animal encounters that create cherished memories to last a lifetime.

Connecting Love and Nature: Animal-Inspired Weddings

Imagine the mesmerising symphony of nature accompanying your vows, the soft rustle of leaves harmonising with the joyful calls of exotic birds. Our animal-inspired weddings at Dartmoor Zoo are beyond ordinary ceremonies; they are captivating experiences that transform your union into an unforgettable moment shared with remarkable creatures.

Crafting Your Dream Day: Wildlife-Inclusive Wedding Packages

Your dream of an exceptional wedding experience is within reach. Our wildlife-inclusive wedding package offers a canvas for personalisation, allowing you to curate animal encounters that resonate with your journey. Walk hand in hand as butterflies dance around you, or share a moment of awe with our majestic tiger. These encounters create a tapestry of unforgettable memories.

Real Stories, Real Magic: Love United with Wildlife

Real couples have embarked on this extraordinary journey. One pair exchanged vows near the lion enclosure, forging a profound connection with the wild that forever shapes their love story. Another couple shared their first dance amidst the enchanting flutter of butterflies, adding an ethereal touch to their celebration. These aren’t just stories; they are testaments to Dartmoor Zoo’s unparalleled experiences.

Encounters with the Wild: Making Memories That Last

Feed our Meerkats

Our charismatic meerkats love their photos taken, especially when you’re feeding them. Get close and personal with them. This is the perfect opportunity to learn and feed them, creating an intimate connection with these adorable creatures.

Meet the Tiger

Meet one of our keepers and get up close and personal with our majestic tiger. This behind-the-scenes access will be an unforgettable experience. This couple’s experience allows you to connect with these magnificent animals more deeply.

Falconry Display

Meet Mr Buncle’s array of fantastic birds with a flying display for all your guests. You’ll even get to hold a bird of prey, adding an exciting and interactive element to your wedding day.

Embrace the Unforgettable: Begin Your Journey with Animal Encounters

Your wedding day marks the prologue to a remarkable journey. Why not make it unforgettable by infusing it with animal encounters at Dartmoor Zoo? Whether it’s the roar of a lion, the gentle presence of meerkats, or the majestic tiger, our animals become a part of your love story, crafting a unique wedding day that transcends the ordinary.

Experience Animal-Inspired Weddings

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Discover the Magic of Zoo Weddings at Dartmoor Zoo

When crafting a truly distinctive and unforgettable wedding experience, few venues can match the enchantment and allure of zoo weddings in Dartmoor. Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Devon, Dartmoor Zoo offers a wedding destination that’s nothing short of magical. Step into a world where love, nature, and wildlife converge, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Unveiling the Unique Offerings of Dartmoor Zoo

The Perfect Fusion of Nature and Love

Imagine saying “I do” surrounded by the lush greenery, the symphony of exotic birds, and the roar of the majestic animals. Dartmoor Zoo provides a setting that seamlessly blends the romantic charm of a natural landscape with the excitement of an animal sanctuary. It’s not just a wedding; it’s an adventure of love and exploration.

A Venue with a Heart for Conservation

Dartmoor Zoo isn’t just a wedding venue in Devon; it’s a sanctuary committed to preserving and protecting endangered species. By choosing Dartmoor Zoo for your wedding, you contribute to the noble cause of animal conservation, making your celebration memorable and meaningful.

Your Love Story, Our Expertise

Our dedicated events team is here to transform your vision into reality. From the first consultation to your big day, our coordinators work tirelessly to exceed your expectations. Your love story is unique, and we’re here to ensure that every detail aligns with your dreams.

The Benefits of Choosing a Zoo Setting for Your Wedding

A Distinctive Experience

Zoo weddings offer a distinctive experience that sets your celebration apart. The combination of natural beauty, exotic animals, and the zoo’s enchanting atmosphere creates an ambience that’s simply unmatched.

Memorable Photo Opportunities

Where else can you capture moments surrounded by cheetahs, otters and meerkats? The zoo’s breathtaking scenery provides a backdrop that will leave your wedding album brimming with awe-inspiring and one-of-a-kind photographs.

An Adventure for Guests

From exploring the animal enclosures to enjoying guided tours, your guests will embark on an unforgettable journey. It’s not just a wedding; it’s an opportunity for your loved ones to make memories they’ll treasure forever.

Real Love Stories: Couples’ Experiences at Dartmoor Zoo

Sarah and Mark’s Unforgettable Celebration

“Our wedding at Dartmoor Zoo was like a dream come true. We exchanged vows in the presence of our favourite animals, and our guests were charmed by the magical atmosphere. It was an unforgettable day that perfectly reflected our love for each other and our shared passion for wildlife.”

Emily and James: A Journey of Love and Adventure

“We wanted a wedding that was as unique as our love story. Dartmoor Zoo gave us that and more. Every moment was filled with magic, from the breathtaking ceremony amidst nature to the roaring lion’s toast. Our wedding was not just an event; it was an experience.”

Convenience and Allure: The Perfect Blend

A Full-Day Experience

At Dartmoor Zoo, your wedding is just the beginning. With zoo admission included, guests can enjoy an entire day of exploration, animal encounters, and fun, creating memories extending far beyond the wedding ceremony.

Customisable Packages

We understand that every love story is unique. That’s why we offer a range of bespoke packages to suit your preferences, ensuring that your special day reflects your individuality.

Answering Your Questions: A Stress-Free Experience

Is Accommodation Available?

While Dartmoor Zoo doesn’t offer accommodation, lodging options are nearby, ensuring your guests have a comfortable stay.

How about Parking?

Ample parking spaces are available, making it convenient for your guests to join in the celebration.

Your Unforgettable Adventure Awaits

Embark on an adventure of love and nature at Dartmoor Zoo – Devon’s ultimate unique wedding destination. Discover our Weddings page for more details about how we can make your dream wedding a reality. For an in-depth look at what awaits you, explore our comprehensive Wedding Brochure.

At Dartmoor Zoo, love stories come alive amidst the wonders of the animal kingdom. Choose a wedding venue that’s not just unique; it’s a celebration of love, conservation, and unforgettable moments.

Dive into the World of Unique Wedding Themes

Imagine a wedding where love is intertwined with the wonders of the animal kingdom, and your celebration is set against the backdrop of Dartmoor Zoo’s natural beauty. From the moment you step into this venue, the allure of unique wedding themes transports you into enchantment and creativity.

Unleash Your Creativity with Themed Decor

Captivating Centerpieces:

Infuse the spirit of the wild into your tablescapes with centrepieces featuring intricately crafted animal sculptures. Cheetahs, meerkats, and exotic birds become your companions, sparking conversations and adding a touch of wilderness to your reception.

Wildflower Elegance:

Embrace the zoo’s flora by incorporating vibrant blooms native to the surroundings. Imagine bouquets adorned with exotic flowers, paying homage to the zoo’s diverse flora and mirroring the colours of the animal kingdom.

Untamed Table Settings:

Elevate your dining experience with animal-print tablecloths, adding elegance to your reception. Accompany them with animal-themed place cards that guide your guests to their seats with a touch of adventure.

Attire that Celebrates Nature’s Beauty

Whimsical Animal Accents:

Consider incorporating subtle animal motifs into your attire for a touch of playfulness. A groom’s tie adorned with discreet animal prints or a bride’s hairpiece featuring delicate animal-inspired designs – these details are a nod to the creatures that inspire us.

Natural Hues and Patterns:

Embrace the palette of the animal kingdom with earthy tones, safari-inspired shades, and even zebra or tiger patterns. Your bridal party’s attire can echo the wild while celebrating your love story.

Animal-Inspired Accessories:

Elevate your look with accessories that capture the essence of the wild. Animal-shaped jewellery, feathered hairpieces, or even a bouquet garnished with feathers – these accents tell a story of untamed love.

Tokens of the Wild: Animal-Inspired Favours

Charming Keepsakes:

Delight your guests with animal-themed favours that transport them back to the enchanting world of the zoo. From wildlife-shaped keychains to personalised animal cookies, these tokens are not just gifts; they’re a memory of your unique celebration.

Seeds of Conservation:

Offer seed packets of native plants as favours, symbolising growth and unity. Guests can plant these seeds and watch love bloom, aligning with Dartmoor Zoo’s commitment to animal conservation and the environment.

Real Wedding Stories: Where Love and the Animal Kingdom Converge

Samantha and Alex’s Safari Adventure:

Samantha and Alex exchanged vows amidst tables adorned with wildlife sculptures, sharing their first dance under the twinkling lights of animal-shaped lanterns. Their wedding was a tribute to their love for animals and the enchantment of the zoo.

Oliver and Mia’s Enchanted Zoo Affair:

Oliver and Mia’s special day featured animal-print decor, where guests mingled amidst the ambience of the wild. A cake crowned with lifelike animal figures captured the essence of their journey, proving that love is a wild and wonderful adventure.

Creating Lasting Memories: Animals in Your Love Story

Incorporating animals into your wedding journey is about more than aesthetics; crafting experiences that resonate with your love story. Picture your guests mingling with real animals, laughter blending with the calls of the wild, and dancing beneath the stars with the creatures who share your special day.

Frequently Asked Questions: Unveiling Your Dream Animal-Themed Wedding

Is there accommodation on-site?

While Dartmoor Zoo doesn’t offer accommodation, nearby options like Welbeck Manor provide lodging for your guests.

Where can we park our cars?

With ample parking spaces, your guests will find convenience in both blue-badge accessible parking at the top of the drive and a large car park at the bottom.

Transforming Dreams into Reality: Start Your Journey Today

Dartmoor Zoo stands ready to guide your journey as you dive into the endless possibilities of unique wedding themes. Explore our Weddings page for an immersive look into the world of wild elegance. For an in-depth exploration, take advantage of our Wedding Brochure.

Your wedding journey at Dartmoor Zoo isn’t just about a celebration – it’s about crafting an immersive experience where the love between you and your partner converges with the untamed beauty of the animal kingdom. Choose Dartmoor Zoo and let your love story roar to life amidst the captivating wonders of nature.


A Journey into Wild Romance: Real Stories from Our Zoo Weddings

What makes great Zoo Wedding Experiences? At Dartmoor Zoo, we are committed to crafting exceptional weddings beyond providing a picturesque backdrop. We take pride in creating memories that last a lifetime. Don’t just take our word for it – hear from real couples who embarked on their wild and romantic journey with us.

Our Couples Zoo Wedding Experiences

Embracing Nature’s Embrace: Jane and Mark’s Unforgettable Day

“From the moment we stepped into Dartmoor Zoo, we knew this was the place where our love story would unfold. The lush greenery and the distant calls of animals were like stepping into a fairy tale. Our ceremony in the Goodamoor House Ceremony Room was intimate and heartfelt. The double doors opened, revealing the breathtaking view of the rolling hills. Our guests enjoyed post-ceremony drinks on the vibrant lawn, creating a sense of togetherness that still warms our hearts.”

Highlight: The mesmerising view through the double doors makes their “I do” moment even more magical.

A Majestic Roar of Love: Sarah and Michael’s Safari-Inspired Affair

“Our wedding at Dartmoor Zoo was nothing short of an adventure. Choosing the Jaguar Restaurant for our reception gave us a sense of grandeur and intimacy. The cream drapes and twinkly lights transformed the space into a romantic wonderland. As the sun set, our African paddock view created an unparalleled atmosphere. And to top it off, our guests danced the night away in celebration. It truly felt like we were on a safari of love!”

Highlight: The enchanting safari-like ambience during their reception made guests feel like they were on a romantic adventure.

Love Amongst the Wildlife: Emily and Alex’s Marquee Magic

“The marquee reception at Dartmoor Zoo added a wild twist to our wedding. Surrounded by lush greenery and the curious eyes of animals, our celebration felt like a harmonious blend of love and nature. Our guests raved about the unique setting and the close-up encounters with the animal residents. The falconry display was an unexpected delight, making our day truly unforgettable.”

Highlight The animal-inspired marquee setting and the captivating falconry display wowed their guests.

Capturing Moments: Samantha and David’s Animal-Inclusive Experience

“Our wedding wasn’t just a celebration of love – it was a celebration of life. After the ceremony, we indulged in animal experiences that added a touch of magic to our wedding album. Feeding the meerkats was an adorable highlight, and our behind-the-scenes encounter with the tiger made us feel like royalty. Dartmoor Zoo’s commitment to creating these unique moments made our day extraordinary.”

Highlight The intimate animal encounters that created whimsical moments captured forever in their wedding photos.

Cherished Memories and Lasting Impressions

From intimate ceremonies to grand receptions, Dartmoor Zoo has etched its mark on the hearts of countless couples. Our commitment to weaving nature, love, and adventure into your wedding journey ensures that your experience is as unique as your love story.

Planning Your Own Unique Wedding at Dartmoor Zoo: Begin your journey into wild romance by downloading our wedding brochure. Join the ranks of couples who have woven their love stories into the fabric of Dartmoor Zoo’s natural beauty and enchanting animal encounters.

Plan Your Wild Wedding and Become a Part of Our Heartwarming Tales.


Where Love Meets Conservation: Crafting Your Eco-Friendly Wedding

Imagine exchanging vows surrounded by the beauty of nature and the charm of endangered species. Welcome to Dartmoor Zoo – the destination where love blossoms alongside our commitment to conservation. Get ready to embark on a journey of an eco-friendly zoo wedding that beautifully intertwines your special day with the sustainability of our planet.

A Venue Beyond Compare: Love and Conservation Collide for Eco-Friendly Weddings

A Love Story with a Green Twist

Selecting Dartmoor Zoo as your unique wedding venue isn’t merely about celebrating love – it’s a declaration of your shared values and commitment to the environment. Our devotion to animal conservation extends to our eco-friendly initiatives, ensuring that your wedding day embodies romance and responsibility.

Sustainably Chic: From Vision to Reality

From the food you savour to the decor that enchants, Dartmoor Zoo offers a palette of sustainable options for your big day. Our meticulous attention to detail translates into locally-sourced, organic menus and eco-conscious decorations. These choices make your wedding a unique experience and echo your dedication to a greener world.

Green Elegance: Crafting an Eco-Friendly Atmosphere

Eco-Chic Decor: Where Aesthetics Embrace Ethics

Envision a ceremony adorned with local, seasonal flowers and eco-friendly decor that dazzles without compromising the planet. Our experts collaborate with you to curate an eco-chic ambience that mirrors the splendour of nature, creating an exquisite backdrop that perfectly frames your love story. Read more in our Wedding Suppliers Portfolio to find local businesses who can make your vision a reality. All suppliers have generously agreed to a charitable donation upon booking, so ‘Say I Do at Dartmoor Zoo’ and do good, all whilst creating the wedding of your dreams!

Attire with Integrity: Dresses, Suits, and Statements

Elevate your wedding attire with garments that carry a narrative of sustainability and ethical craftsmanship. Whether it’s a vintage gown with history or attire made from eco-friendly fabrics, each piece becomes a statement of style and substance that follows your theme.

Real Love, Real Impact: Couples Who Chose Green

Emma and Liam: Where Romance Meets Responsibility

“Stepping into our eco-friendly wedding at Dartmoor Zoo was surreal. With the breathtaking scenery and sustainable touches, it wasn’t just our love we celebrated; it was our shared commitment to a healthier planet. The day reflected us – wild, beautiful, and environmentally conscious.”

Lucy and Ben: Love for Each Other, Love for Earth

“As advocates for sustainability, Dartmoor Zoo was a dream come true. The locally-sourced cuisine, eco-friendly decor, and every choice aligned with our values. Our guests were moved, and our hearts were full knowing that our celebration didn’t just mark our love but also supported a worthy cause.”

Celebrate Love, Leave an Impact

Beyond the Big Day: Eco-Friendly Weddings A Legacy of Love

Eco-friendly weddings at Dartmoor Zoo aren’t a moment; it’s a movement. You become part of the conservation journey by choosing us, contributing to animal preservation and a greener future. Your love story extends beyond the ceremony, resonating with meaning and purpose.

Memorable Moments, Mindful Choices

Your wedding day is more than an event – a collection of memories woven with intention. Each photograph, every laugh, and heartfelt moments become lasting reminders of your conscious decision to celebrate love while honouring the planet.

Crafting Eco-Friendly Weddings with Dartmoor Zoo

Discover the harmonious blend of love and conservation at Dartmoor Zoo by exploring our Wedding options. Contact us now and create a wedding that doesn’t just mark the start of your journey together but also plants seeds of change, fostering a legacy of love for each other and our Earth.

Unveiling the Enchantment: Crafting Your Dream Zoo Wedding

Where do you start when Planning Your Zoo Wedding? The journey to your dream wedding at Dartmoor Zoo is a meticulous process that weaves together nature, love, and meticulous planning. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through every step, ensuring your big day is nothing short of magical.

Venue Selection: Where Dreams Come True

Your choice of venue sets the stage for your love story. At Dartmoor Zoo, you have four enchanting options:

Goodamoor House Ceremony Room:

Intimate and traditional, with original wooden flooring and a fireplace, this room accommodates up to 50 seated guests. The double doors offer stunning views of the rolling hills of Dartmoor and the vibrant lawn, providing a perfect setting for post-ceremony drinks.

Jaguar Restaurant Reception:

Light and spacious, the restaurant transforms into a captivating venue for up to 120 seated guests. Cream drapes and twinkly lights, paired with personal decorations, allow the space to reflect your unique style while enjoying panoramic views of Dartmoor and our African paddock.

Marquees Reception:

Exclusively for summer weddings, our marquees house up to 120 guests amidst lush greenery and enclosures housing our most exciting animal residents. Nature becomes an integral part of your celebration, creating an atmosphere unlike any other.

Jaguar Suite Reception:

Modern and sleek, our newly refurbished Jaguar Suite is an absolutely gorgeous venue to hold your wedding reception.
With astonishing views and a blank canvas to create the perfect vibe for your special day, we highly recommend viewing this space!

Catering: A Feast to Remember

Dartmoor Zoo’s flexible catering packages cater to every palate and preference. From buffets to barbecues, and sit-down three-course meals, our culinary offerings are tailored to your desires. Our chefs ensure that dietary needs, including vegan, gluten-free, and allergies, are expertly addressed.

Animal Experiences: A Unique Touch

Elevate your celebration with unforgettable animal experiences, adding a touch of wild elegance to your special day. Feed our charismatic meerkats, meet majestic tigers, and witness captivating falconry displays. These interactions create memorable moments for you, your partner, and your guests.

Logistics and Coordination: Crafting Perfection

From the first consultation to the final farewell, our dedicated events team is here to exceed your expectations. Our meticulous coordination ensures seamless logistics and personalised touches, allowing you to immerse yourself in the joy of your wedding day fully.

Frequently Asked Questions: Planning with Ease

Is Accommodation Provided on-site?

While we don’t offer on-site accommodation, check out our Staying Nearby page for lodging options for your guests.

Parking Convenience: Where Can Guests Park?

Parking arrangements are designed to cater to your guests. Blue badge holders have reserved spots, and a more extensive car park accommodates other attendees.

Decoration Time: When Can We Decorate?

We provide three hours on the night before your wedding for personal room decorations, with staff assistance and equipment provided.

Experience the Magic: Your Dream Wedding Unveiled

Crafting your dream zoo wedding is a journey of precision, passion, and personalisation. From selecting your venue and catering options to experiencing animal encounters and collaborating with our dedicated team, every element is designed to enchant your day.

Begin Your Wedding Journey 

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Your wedding day is not just an event; it’s a celebration of your love, a manifestation of your unique journey together. Imagine exchanging vows amidst the sweeping landscapes of Dartmoor, surrounded by the majestic presence of exotic animals. At Dartmoor Zoo, we invite you to embark on a journey that promises a wild and wonderful beginning to your forever.

Unveiling the Magic of Dartmoor Zoo Weddings

A Venue Beyond Imagination

Picture this: 33 acres of breathtaking woodland and a collection of enchanting, exotic animals, all part of the landscape where your love story unfolds. Dartmoor Zoo offers a setting unlike any other, where nature’s beauty merges seamlessly with our animal residents’ captivating charm.

Discover Unique Spaces for Every Vision

No two love stories are the same, and neither are our venues. Dartmoor Zoo presents a variety of enchanting spaces to match your vision.

Goodamoor House Ceremony Room: Step into history as you say ‘I do’ in the intimate Goodamoor ceremonial room. With original wooden flooring and a welcoming fireplace, this room accommodates up to 50 seated guests. The double doors can be flung open, revealing mesmerising vistas of Dartmoor’s rolling hills and a vibrant lawn – the perfect spot for post-ceremony toasts.

Jaguar Suite: Looking for the sleek and modern option? With a blank canvas to create the exact wedding of your dreams, the newly refurbished Jaguar Suite can seat up to 80 guests and provides you with breathtaking views.

Jaguar Restaurant Reception: Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of light and spaciousness. The Jaguar Restaurant transforms into a dreamlike venue adorned with cream drapes and twinkling lights. Personalise the space with your decorations as you celebrate with up to 120 seated guests during off-peak seasons. The backdrop? Breathtaking views of Dartmoor and our African paddock.

Marquees Reception: For those drawn to the allure of summer weddings, our marquees provide an idyllic setting for up to 80 guests. Set amid lush greenery and animal enclosures, you’ll be surrounded by nature’s beauty as you dance the night away.

Crafting Unforgettable Memories with Animal Encounters

Elevate your wedding day with experiences that transcend the ordinary. Imagine capturing candid moments with our captivating exotic animals – a testimony to the wild spirit of your love. From exclusive couple experiences to group encounters for your entire wedding party, Dartmoor Zoo offers a range of opportunities to create cherished memories alongside our animal residents.

A Culinary Journey Tailored to Your Desires

Your wedding feast should be as unique as your love story. Dartmoor Zoo’s flexible catering packages cater to your desires, whether you’re drawn to elegant three-course meals, delightful buffets, or even open-air barbecues. Our culinary offerings complement the enchantment of the day, ensuring your guests savour not only the magic of your love but also the flavours that accompany it.

Real Stories of Love Amidst Nature’s Splendor

At Dartmoor Zoo, we’re not just hosts but part of your love story. Hear from couples who chose our zoo as the backdrop to their unique day. Their tales resonate with laughter, joy, and the extraordinary moments only Dartmoor Zoo can provide.

“From the moment we stepped into the Goodamoor House Ceremony Room, we knew this was where we wanted to say our vows. The intimate setting, combined with the incredible views, made our day truly magical.” – Emily and James.

“Our animal encounter was the highlight of our day. Getting up close and personal with the animals was an experience we’ll cherish forever.” – Sarah and Michael.

A Commitment to Conservation

Dartmoor Zoo’s magic extends beyond the celebration, encompassing a dedication to wildlife conservation. With every celebration held within our walls, you contribute to our efforts to protect and preserve the animal kingdom. Your love story becomes part of a bigger narrative that supports the creatures who share our world.

Crafting Your Dream Wedding: Every Detail Considered

At Dartmoor Zoo, we understand that your dream wedding is as unique as your love. Our team, devoted to creating enchanting experiences, will guide you from the first consultation to the last dance. Your wedding coordinator and our events team ensure that every detail is attended to, making your journey as joyful and seamless as possible.

Embrace the Adventure: Your Wild Beginning Awaits

Are you ready to turn your dream wedding into reality? Dartmoor Zoo offers a canvas where nature’s beauty intertwines with your unique love story. Contact us today for more information, personalised quotes, or exclusive tours of our captivating venue. Let your love story begin amidst the magic of Dartmoor Zoo, where every moment is an adventure waiting to unfold.


“A Wild Beginning: Your Dream Wedding at Dartmoor Zoo” unveils a world where love is celebrated amidst nature’s splendour and exotic animals’ allure. From enchanting venues to animal encounters, real love stories, and a commitment to conservation, every aspect of your wedding day becomes an experience like no other. Dartmoor Zoo invites you to embark on a journey that celebrates love, captures memories, and supports a bigger purpose.

Are you ready to start your adventure? Contact us for more details, personalised quotes, or an exclusive tour of our exceptional venue. Let Dartmoor Zoo be the stage for your love story, where every moment is a unique and unforgettable chapter.

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Unveiling Nature’s Guests: Elevate Your Experience with our Animal-Inclusive Weddings

Your wedding day is more than just a ceremony; it’s a story you’re crafting, a memory you’re etching in time. Now, imagine infusing this momentous occasion with the presence of the wild – the gentle rustle of feathers, the curious gaze of a meerkat, or the regal stride of a tiger. Welcome to the world of animal-inclusive weddings at Dartmoor Zoo – where your celebration becomes an extraordinary adventure.

Nature’s Embrace: The Magic of Animal Encounters

An Unconventional Love: Discover Unique Animal Encounters

At Dartmoor Zoo, we invite you to journey beyond convention. Our wildlife-inclusive weddings introduce you to a world where nature is integral to your unique wedding day. Picture saying your vows amidst the grace of a tiger or sharing a toast with the company of meerkats. These encounters forge connections beyond the ordinary, leaving you and your guests with heartwarming memories.

Real Tales of Love: When Couples Embrace Wildlife with Animal-Inclusive Weddings

Meet Amanda and Chris, a couple whose love for animals was as profound as their love for each other. Their wedding day wasn’t just a union of souls but a celebration of their shared admiration for the wild. Surrounded by the serenity of nature, they exchanged rings, sealed their love, and formed a lasting bond with our animal ambassadors. Amanda fondly recalls, “It was as if the animals were a part of our love story.”

Capturing Timeless Moments: Where Love and Wildlife Converge

Cherished Moments with Our Animal Ambassadors

Dartmoor Zoo offers an unparalleled gift – the chance to embrace wildlife on your wedding day. Imagine the laughter as your guests interact with our animal ambassadors during the reception. Visualise the wonder in their eyes as they engage in meaningful encounters. These moments become the fabric of your wedding narrative, crafting a tapestry of emotions that lingers long after the day is done.

An Experience Beyond Compare: Uniqueness Defined

What truly sets Dartmoor Zoo weddings apart is the unparalleled experience it offers. It’s the thrill of sharing heartfelt moments with loved ones and wildlife. It’s the joy of witnessing connections forming over shared encounters. Dartmoor Zoo’s wildlife-inclusive weddings aren’t just events but extraordinary journeys where love, nature, and celebration converge.

Your Wildlife-Inclusive Wedding Awaits

Crafting Memories That Resonate

Ready to turn your wedding day into an adventure of a lifetime? Step into the realm of Wildlife-Inclusive Weddings at Dartmoor Zoo. Here, your love story harmonises harmoniously with the animal kingdom’s wonders. Your wedding becomes a tribute to the remarkable creatures we share our planet with. Let every moment be a brushstroke of wonder, painting your wedding day with the vibrancy of the wild.

Immerse yourself in a realm where love and nature intertwine, where wedding memories are crafted in the company of animal ambassadors. Dartmoor Zoo’s wildlife-inclusive weddings promise an experience as unique as your journey. From intimate tiger encounters to playful exchanges with meerkats, your celebration will echo the harmonious melody of love and wildlife. Embark on this extraordinary journey by exploring our unique wedding venue and weaving your love story into the very fabric of the wild.

Discover the Perfect Setting for Unique Weddings in Devon at Dartmoor Zoo

Are you envisioning a wedding that goes beyond the ordinary? Look no further than Dartmoor Zoo in the heart of Devon. Our enchanting setting creates an unforgettable backdrop for couples seeking truly unique weddings in Devon. From exchanging vows amidst the rustling leaves to celebrating under the starlit skies, Dartmoor Zoo offers a journey into nature’s beauty that will forever be etched in your hearts.

A Symphony of Elegance: Ceremony and Reception Locations

Dartmoor Zoo presents an array of captivating locations for your unique wedding in Devon. The Goodamoor House Ceremony Room combines historical charm with gorgeous views, accommodating intimate gatherings. For larger celebrations, our Jaguar Restaurant, Jaguar Suite and Marquees offer the perfect canvas for a joyous union amid the untamed beauty of Dartmoor.

Real Love Stories: Unveiling Unforgettable Memories

Meet Sarah and James, a couple whose love story unfolded amidst Dartmoor Zoo’s tranquil greenery. They attest to the captivating allure of this unique venue, where their wedding felt like a cherished fairytale turned reality. At Dartmoor Zoo, we don’t just host weddings; we craft memories that resonate for a lifetime, creating an atmosphere of love and joy for couples who celebrate their unions here.

Elevating the Atmosphere: Where Love and Ambience Merge

Nature’s symphony takes centre stage at Dartmoor Zoo, where leaves whisper approval and wildlife adds blessings to your celebration. Every detail is elevated by the natural ambience, creating an immersive experience that lingers in the hearts of your guests. The gentle rustle of leaves, the distant calls of wildlife, and the serene gardens blend seamlessly with your joyous occasion, crafting an atmosphere that is truly unique.

Crafting Your Unique Tale: The Charm of Enchantment

Dartmoor Zoo is a place where love stories intertwine with the allure of nature, creating a tale as unique as the couples themselves. Whether it’s an intimate ceremony in a historical room or a vibrant reception in spacious marquees, each location carries its own brand of magic.

FAQs: What You Need to Know

Is Dartmoor Zoo a wedding venue?

Yes, Dartmoor Zoo offers enchanting settings for unique weddings in Devon. Our diverse locations cater to various wedding sizes and styles.

Can I exchange vows outdoors at Dartmoor Zoo?

Absolutely! Our picturesque gardens and lush landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor ceremonies.

Do you offer both intimate and large reception spaces?

Indeed! Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a larger celebration, our Jaguar Restaurant and Marquees can accommodate your needs.

Your Enchanted Beginning Awaits

Embrace the magic of a unique wedding in Devon at Dartmoor Zoo. Walk through lush gardens, exchange vows beneath ancient trees, and dance under the starlit sky. Discover the allure of Dartmoor Zoo’s Wedding Locations and embark on a journey where every moment is adorned with enchantment. As you plan your special day, remember that Dartmoor Zoo isn’t just a venue; it’s a gateway to a realm where love and nature coalesce, creating a chapter in your love story that will remain etched in your heart forever. For more information, explore our comprehensive Wedding Brochure.

Infusing Your Love Story with the Spirit of Nature While Creating Unique Wedding Decor 

Your wedding day at Dartmoor Zoo isn’t just an event; it’s a chance to weave your unique love story into the tapestry of nature. Join us on a captivating journey as we explore the realm of themed decor that mirrors the zoo’s conservation ethos, eco-friendliness, animal welfare, and charitable efforts and crafts an enchanting ambience for your unforgettable day. Let’s dive into a world of creativity that will make your wedding not only unique but also a statement about the world we cherish.

Conservation Wonderland: Love and Nature United

  • Invitations with a Green Heart: Start with plantable invitations that, when sown, bloom into beautiful flowers, echoing the growth of your love and supporting the environment.
  • Table Talk Cards: Elevate the conversation at each table with cards discussing conservation topics, sparking meaningful exchanges among your guests.
  • Sustainably Styled Attire: Consider attire crafted from sustainable materials, ethically sourced fabrics, or vintage treasures that align with your eco-conscious values.

Eco-Friendly Extravaganza: Where Green Meets Glamour

  • Elegantly Earthy Place Settings: Embrace the elegance of nature with place card holders made from twigs, leaves, or even potted succulents, allowing your guests to take a piece of the celebration home.
  • Farm-to-Table Feast: Treat your guests to a culinary journey of locally sourced, organic delights, crafting a menu tantalising taste buds while treading lightly on the planet.
  • Sustainable Sips: Raise a toast with signature cocktails crafted from eco-friendly spirits and adorned with edible garnishes like delicate flowers or aromatic herbs.

Animal-Inspired Adventures: A Whimsical Wonderland

  • Kids’ Animal Adventure Table: Create a hub of excitement for the little ones with an animal-themed table complete with colouring books, puzzles, and charming mini plush toys.
  • Wildlife-Inspired Place Settings: Bring enchantment to each table by using miniature animal figurines as whimsical place card holders, adding an element of playful surprise.
  • Zookeeper Chic Attire: Add an unexpected touch to your wedding attire by incorporating subtle animal patterns or motifs, such as a lion’s mane on a tie or a peacock feather in your hair.

Charity Carnival: Love with Purpose and Celebration

  • Donate & Dance: Instead of traditional wedding favours, set up a donation station, allowing guests to contribute to your chosen charity and receive a dance card as a gesture of gratitude.
  • Music That Gives Back: Curate a playlist of your favourite tunes and pledge a portion of the streaming proceeds to a charitable cause that resonates with your values.
  • Charity-Inspired Photo Booth: Establish a captivating photo booth with props representing the causes you hold dear, inspiring your guests to capture moments while making a positive impact.

Interactive Animal Activities: The Zoo Comes Alive

  • Animal Artistry: Let guests unleash their creativity at a crafting station where they can create animal masks or paint adorable animal figurines, tapping into their artistic spirits.
  • Virtual Wildlife Encounters: Embrace technology by arranging a live virtual interaction with one of the zoo’s captivating creatures, inviting your guests into the wild world of animals.
  • Wildlife Trivia: Add a touch of competition with animal-themed trivia, encouraging lively engagement among your guests and awarding exciting prizes.

Themed Treasures for Your Loved Ones

  • Adopt a Wild Friend: Gift your bridesmaids or guests with the joy of animal adoption from Dartmoor Zoo. Each adoption supports animal well-being and serves as a delightful keepsake.
  • Whimsical Wedding Favors: Delight your guests with an array of animal-themed favours available at the zoo’s gift shop, from cuddly plush toys to eco-friendly tote bags adorned with your favourite creatures.
  • Planting Seeds of Love: Share the beauty of nature with plant saplings that your guests can nurture.  These additions can symbolise the growth of your love and their commitment to a greener world.

Our Conclusions on Unique Wedding Decor at Dartmoor Zoo

In the realm of wedding planning, Dartmoor Zoo beckons you to embrace a journey that transcends the ordinary. Crafting a wedding adorned with unique decor that mirrors the spirit of nature, celebrates love, and supports meaningful causes is a testament to the world we hold dear. As you venture into the wild world of wedding decor, remember that each choice you make carries the power to leave a lasting impact – on the environment, on the memories you create, and on the future you shape.

At Dartmoor Zoo, we invite you to step beyond tradition and weave your love story into a tapestry that reflects your values, passions, and dreams. From sustainably styled attire to animal-inspired adventures, from charity-driven celebrations to interactive animal activities, every aspect of your wedding becomes a canvas for creativity and purpose. And as your journey unfolds, may the memories you create be as unique and enduring as the love that binds you.

Download our brochure today and begin the process of bringing your unique wedding decor dreams to life. Let the spirit of nature, the allure of wildlife, and the magic of conservation be your guiding stars. At Dartmoor Zoo, your wedding day becomes not just an event, but an extraordinary chapter in a larger story – one that champions love, celebrates nature, and leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of all who join you in this unforgettable journey. Learn more about our unique wedding venue in Devon here.

Unveil a World of Creativity and Thoughtful Themes, Infused with Eco-Friendly Touches and Heartfelt Keepsakes.


Planning family days out in Devon can be a bit of a challenge, especially when you’re trying to cater to different interests and age groups. However, the task becomes a lot easier when your destination is Dartmoor Zoo. With its diverse range of animal species, engaging activities, and educational opportunities, Dartmoor Zoo offers something for everyone. Here’s how to plan your itinerary to make the most of your visit.

Must-See Attractions

Dartmoor Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals, from big cats and primates to reptiles and birds. Plan which animals you’d like to see during your visit and discover where to find them using the zoo’s map and guides. Some must-see attractions include the African lion, the Amur tiger, and the South American tapir.

Scheduling Considerations

To avoid long queues and maximise your time, arriving early is advisable, especially during peak times such as weekends and school holidays. Check the zoo’s daily talks schedule to ensure you don’t miss out on any informative and engaging presentations about the animals.

Flexibility and Spontaneity

While having a plan is good, be prepared to be flexible. You might stumble upon an unexpected feeding session, an intriguing animal behaviour, or a captivating animal talk. Allow some free time in your schedule for these spontaneous moments.

Engaging with Zoo Staff

The zookeepers, volunteers and Discovery and Learning team at Dartmoor Zoo have a wealth of knowledge and are always happy to answer questions. Engage with them to learn more about the animals’ behaviours, diets, conservation status and how families can contribute to Dartmoor Zoo and their conservation efforts.


A day out at Dartmoor Zoo is more than a fun family outing. It’s an opportunity to learn about wildlife, engage with nature, and create lasting memories. With a bit of planning and an open mind, you can ensure that your family days out in Devon at Dartmoor Zoo are a truly unforgettable experience. Check out the Dartmoor Zoo website for more information about planning your visit.

Are you looking for days out in Devon and Cornwall for the whole family? Discover Dartmoor Zoo, a captivating family-friendly destination nestled in Devon’s heart. Since 1968, it has evolved from a modest collection into a thriving 33-acre haven for diverse species.

Dartmoor Zoo aims to ignite lifelong respect for animals and the environment through immersive education and hands-on experiences. As a premier family activity in Devon, the zoo blends entertainment and learning for an unforgettable day out.

Highlights of the Zoo

From the majestic African lion to playful meerkats, Dartmoor Zoo houses 70+ global animal species.

Enriching Activities

Beyond exhibits, Dartmoor Zoo offers interactive animal talks, feeding sessions, and exciting animal experiences. The zoo hosts workshops and events exploring wildlife conservation, making it a prime choice for families seeking educational fun.

Up-close Animal Experiences

Guided by experienced zookeepers, families can engage with animals up close. These encounters range from friendly farm animals to otters, offering insights into behaviours, diets, and habitats.

Feeding Opportunities

Experience supervised animal feeding sessions, like the meerkats and otters. These encounters deepen your understanding of feeding habits and dietary needs.

Keeper Talks and Q&A

Engage with zookeepers, volunteers or the Discovery and Learning team during interactive sessions, delving into animal insights and conservation efforts. Satisfy curiosity while deepening your connection with Dartmoor Zoo’s incredible creatures.

Contributing to Conservation

Beyond entertainment, Dartmoor Zoo actively participates in conservation projects, safeguarding biodiversity and endangered species. Visiting supports vital conservation efforts.

Educational Programs

Explore Dartmoor Zoo’s educational programs, from school visits to the Rangers or Rangers Academy courses. Enhance your understanding of animals and conservation, benefiting from Devon’s educational gem.

Community Engagement

Dartmoor Zoo is a community hub, organizing events that foster connections and wildlife conservation. You join a community that cares for animals and the environment by visiting.

When looking for days out in Devon and Cornwall, look no further. A Journey of Wonder Dartmoor Zoo offers an enriching experience, blending diverse animals, engaging activities, conservation and educational opportunities. Embark on an adventure that promises fun, insights, and lasting memories while nurturing your appreciation for the animal kingdom.


Essential Items for a Family Day Out

Clothing Considerations

When planning a day out at Dartmoor Zoo, it’s important to dress appropriately for the weather and activities. Comfortable clothing and footwear are essential as there will be a lot of walking and outdoor activities. Don’t forget to pack extra layers or rain gear, just in case!

Sun Protection

Regardless of the season, sun protection is crucial. Pack sunblock, hats, and sunglasses to protect your family from harmful UV rays. Remember, even on cloudy days, UV rays can still cause sunburn.

Comfort and Convenience Items

To ensure a comfortable day out, consider packing items such as comfortable walking shoes, strollers for younger children, and reusable water bottles to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Snacks and Refreshments

Packable Snacks

Consider packing portable and non-perishable snacks for your family. Not only will this save you money, but it also ensures you have healthy options readily available.

Hydration Options

Staying hydrated is crucial, especially during warmer months. Pack refillable water bottles for each family member.

Allergen Considerations

If anyone in your family has dietary restrictions or allergies, be sure to pack suitable snacks and meals for them.

Additional Items and Accessories

Camera or Smartphone

Don’t forget to pack a camera or smartphone to capture the memorable moments of your family day out at Dartmoor Zoo.

Entertainment for Children

Small toys, colouring books, or other activities can keep children entertained during waiting periods or breaks.

Personal Belongings and Valuables

Keep personal belongings to a minimum and avoid carrying unnecessary valuables during your day out.

Age-Specific Packing Tips

For Babies source

  • Diapers and wipes
  • Spare clothing
  • Baby food and bottles
  • Pacifiers
  • Stroller or baby carrier
  • Blanket

For Toddlers source

  • Spare clothes
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Favourite toy or comfort item
  • Wet wipes
  • Toddler-friendly sunscreen

For Older Children source

  • Water bottle
  • Healthy snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Comfortable shoes

Remember, every family is unique, and what works for one family might not work for another. Use this list as a guide and adjust according to your family’s needs and preferences. Enjoy your family day out at Dartmoor Zoo!

When looking for days out with kids in Devon? Dartmoor Zoo stands out as a top attraction. This review will delve into the experiences of families who have visited the zoo, highlighting the key aspects that make it a must-visit destination for family activities in Devon.

First Impressions and Overall Experience

Arrival and Entrance

Upon arrival at Dartmoor Zoo, families are greeted by a well-organized ticketing process that ensures a smooth entry. The zoo’s layout is intuitive, allowing visitors to navigate the grounds and start their adventure without delay quickly.

Atmosphere and Ambience

The atmosphere at Dartmoor Zoo is vibrant and welcoming, making it an ideal setting for a family day out. The zoo’s design and layout contribute to a comfortable and engaging environment, further enhanced by the diverse range of animals and exhibits.

Staff Interactions and Customer Service

Families have praised the zoo’s staff for their friendly and knowledgeable service. The team’s dedication to providing a memorable experience for visitors is evident in their helpfulness and enthusiasm.

Noteworthy Attractions and Exhibits

Favourite Animal Encounters

The animal encounters at Dartmoor Zoo are a highlight for many families. The zoo offers a variety of interactive experiences that not only entertain but also educate visitors about the animals and their natural habitats.

Standout Exhibits

Dartmoor Zoo boasts a range of unique exhibits that captivate visitors. From the majestic big cats to the playful meerkats, each exhibit offers an immersive experience that leaves a lasting impression.

Enjoyable Shows or Presentations

The zoo’s educational presentations and animal shows add another layer of enjoyment to the visit. These shows provide valuable insights into animal behaviour and conservation efforts, making them both entertaining and informative.

Facilities and Amenities

Dining Options and Quality

The zoo offers a variety of dining options to cater to different tastes and dietary needs. The food quality is commendable, and the variety ensures something for everyone.

Cleanliness and Maintenance

Dartmoor Zoo maintains high standards of cleanliness across its facilities. Regular maintenance ensures that the restrooms, play areas, seating areas, and exhibit spaces are in excellent condition.

Accessibility and Family-Friendly Features

The zoo is designed with families in mind, featuring stroller-friendly paths, baby care stations, and designated rest areas. These features enhance the overall experience for families with young children.

Overall Value for Money

Ticket Prices and Inclusions

The ticket prices at Dartmoor Zoo offer good value for money, considering the range of attractions, experiences, and amenities included.

Additional Costs and Expenses

While there may be additional costs, such as optional paid activities, these are communicated and reasonably priced.

Overall Satisfaction

Families express high levels of satisfaction with their day out at Dartmoor Zoo. The combination of engaging animal encounters, educational exhibits, and family-friendly facilities make it a worthwhile investment for a memorable day out.

In conclusion, Dartmoor Zoo is a standout choice for family days out in Devon. Its commitment to providing a fun, educational, and comfortable experience for visitors of all ages makes it a top attraction in the region.


The Allure of Dartmoor Zoo

Unique Wildlife Collection

Dartmoor Zoo is one of the key Devon family attractions; home to a diverse range of animal species, making it a top attraction in Devon. From the majestic African Lion, whose roar can be heard from five miles away, to the delicate tarantulas, the zoo offers a chance to see and learn about diverse species. Each exhibit is designed to be engaging and educational, making it a fun learning experience for children and adults alike. Learn more about the animals.

Captivating Exhibits and Habitats

The zoo’s daily talks, enrichment and natural habitats provide an immersive experience for visitors. The zoo is set in 33 acres of beautiful woodland with some stunning views of the surrounding countryside. It’s not just about the animals; it’s about enjoying the beautiful location as well. Explore the zoo

Engaging Activities for Families

Dartmoor Zoo offers a range of family-oriented activities, talks, and engaging experiences. From feeding the otters to meeting the tiger, there’s something for everyone. The zoo also offers unique experiences like the “Big Cat Keeper for a Day”. These experiences provide a unique insight into the lives of these incredible creatures and are sure to be a hit with the whole family. Book an experience

Connecting with Devon’s Natural Beauty

Devon’s Scenic Landscapes

Devon is known for its stunning natural beauty, countryside, coastline, and unique geographical features. Dartmoor Zoo, located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, offers a beautiful setting for a family day out. The 33 acres of woodland offer plenty of space for children to explore and play, making it a perfect destination for a family picnic.

Exploring Nearby Devon Attractions

Combine your visit to Dartmoor Zoo with other notable attractions in Devon for a memorable day out. Devon has something to offer everyone interested in history, nature, or adventure.


What are the opening times?

Dartmoor Zoo is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm (excluding Summer hours which are 10 am to 5 pm and Winter hours which are 12 to 7:30pm for the Christmas events).

How can I book a ticket?

You can book your tickets online through the Dartmoor Zoo website.

Are there food and drink facilities available?

Yes, Dartmoor Zoo has a restaurant serving hot and cold food and drinks. The zoo also has several picnic areas to enjoy the ‘grab and go’ or lunchbox menu if you want to eat outside.

Are pets allowed in the zoo?

No, pets are not allowed in the zoo for the safety and comfort of the animals.

In conclusion, Dartmoor Zoo offers a unique blend of fun, education, and conservation, making it a destination in Devon. Whether you’re a family looking for a fun day out, an animal lover interested in conservation, or someone who enjoys beautiful landscapes, Dartmoor Zoo has something for everyone. So why wait? Plan your visit today!

Are you planning a family day out in Devon? Look no further than Dartmoor Zoo, a destination that offers a perfect blend of excitement, education, and adventure. However, to ensure you have the best experience, it’s essential to consider the timing and factors that can enhance your visit.

Why Choose Dartmoor Zoo?

Dartmoor Zoo is a top choice for families seeking a memorable day out. With its diverse range of animals, interactive experiences, and dedicated team, it offers something for everyone. But when is the best time to make the most of this unique destination?

Spring Awakening: A Vibrant Experience

Springtime at Dartmoor Zoo is a treat for the senses. The zoo bursts into life with blooming flowers and active animals as the weather warms up. The picturesque landscape sets the stage for a family day filled with wonder. Take advantage of the special events and activities that celebrate spring’s arrival, adding excitement to your visit.

Summer Adventure: Extended Hours and Fun

Summer is synonymous with adventure at Dartmoor Zoo. The extended opening hours give you more time to explore and enjoy the attractions. The warm weather creates the perfect atmosphere for outdoor exploration, picnics on the grounds, and leisurely walks. Engage in the themed activities and events that make a summer visit to the zoo genuinely unforgettable.

Fall Charm: Foliage and Tranquility

Autumn brings a unique charm to Dartmoor Zoo. The surroundings transform into a tapestry of fall colours, providing a stunning backdrop for family photos. Cooler temperatures offer comfortable conditions for exploring the zoo’s attractions. Whether discovering wildlife or enjoying outdoor activities, autumn at Dartmoor Zoo has its enchanting appeal.

Winter Magic: Festive Atmosphere and Surprises

Experience the magic of Dartmoor Zoo in winter. The zoo comes alive with festive decorations and lights, creating a warm and enchanting atmosphere. Special winter events, including Christmas-themed activities, add a touch of seasonal cheer. Despite the colder weather, winter offers unique experiences, with some animals more active.

Year-Round Excitement: Events for Everyone

Dartmoor Zoo hosts various events year-round. From interactive workshops like the ‘Rangers Academy’ for kids to exceptional overnight experiences like ‘Roar n’ Snore,’ the excitement never stops. Check out the Events Calendar on the Dartmoor Zoo website for the latest updates.

Plan Your Unforgettable Family Day Out

Whatever the season, Dartmoor Zoo promises families an enriching and fun-filled experience. To plan your unforgettable family day out, visit the Dartmoor Zoo website for more information and to stay updated on the latest attractions and events. Make memories, learn, and explore with your loved ones – Dartmoor Zoo awaits you!

Dartmoor Zoo’s Conservation Projects

Looking for something fun that will also provide education for children in Devon? Dartmoor Zoo is not just a place to see animals; it’s a place to learn about and contribute to conservation. The zoo is involved in various conservation projects and is part of the European Endangered Species Programme. By visiting Dartmoor Zoo, families can learn about the importance of conservation and how they can contribute to these efforts.

Did you know that a portion of our ticket sales are used to help conservation efforts worldwide?

We are supporting the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) who are dedicated to saving the Cheetah in the wild.

Dartmoor Zoo’s Educational Programs

Education is a significant part of Dartmoor Zoo’s mission. The zoo offers a range of educational programs designed to engage children and adults alike. These programs aim to raise awareness about the importance of conservation and the role zoos play in protecting endangered species.

One such program is the Rangers Academy, a full week packed with practical activities, lectures, and animal encounters for students aged between 13 – 18. This course offers animal management and veterinary care work experience, giving participants a taste of real-life work in a zoo. You can book a spot in the Rangers Academy here.

For younger enthusiasts, the zoo offers the Junior Keeper for a Day experience. This program allows children to work alongside the expert zoo keeping team, caring for a wide variety of species. You can book this experience here.

Dartmoor Zoo’s Family-Friendly Activities

Dartmoor Zoo offers a variety of family-friendly activities that combine fun with education. These activities provide children with the opportunity to learn about different animals, their habitats, and the importance of conservation. Some of the activities include:

  • Meet the Tiger (8yrs+): During this unique experience, you’ll meet Dragan, the male tiger. You can book this experience here.
  • Feed the Otters: Have a unique experience feeding the otter family. You can book this experience here.
  • Meet the Meerkats: Enter the meerkat enclosure and meet these lively creatures. You can book this experience here.

By participating in these activities, families can have a fun day out while also supporting Dartmoor Zoo’s conservation efforts.


Dartmoor Zoo is more than just a zoo. It’s a place where families can learn about wildlife conservation, participate in educational programs, and enjoy a variety of unique animal encounters. By visiting Dartmoor Zoo, you’re not only guaranteed a fun day out, but you’re also contributing to important conservation efforts. So why wait? Plan your visit to Dartmoor Zoo today and embark on an unforgettable adventure!

Embark on Your Unforgettable Adventure

With Dartmoor Zoo Weddings we understand that your love story deserves a wedding as unique and extraordinary as the two of you. Welcome to the journey of planning your one-of-a-kind zoo wedding at Dartmoor Zoo. This is not just a wedding; it’s an adventure that combines your love with the enchantment of the animal kingdom.

Step 1: Finding Inspiration and Making Inquiries

Unveiling the Possibilities

Picture this: Exchanging vows surrounded by the natural beauty of Dartmoor Zoo, with animal companions as your witnesses. The journey begins with envisioning your truly unique wedding in Devon.

Connect with Our Team

Contact our dedicated team when you’re ready to turn your vision into reality. We’re here to answer your questions, discuss your ideas, and help you take the first steps towards your unique zoo wedding.

Step 2: Crafting Your Personalized Wedding Plan

Transforming Dreams into Plans

Your dream wedding comes to life with our expert guidance. Choose from our Wedding Offerings that resonate with your style and preferences.

Delving into Details

Collaborate with our team to customise your wedding day. Incorporate animal encounters, eco-friendly decor, and personal touches that tell your story.

Step 3: Crafting Your Unique Celebration

Making It Yours

A zoo wedding isn’t just about a ceremony; it’s about creating an experience that reflects who you are. From crafting your own vows to choosing animal-inspired themes, every aspect is a canvas for your creativity.

Countdown to Enchantment

As the day approaches, excitement fills the air. Watch your vision materialise within the captivating backdrop of Dartmoor Zoo as nature and love intertwine.

Step 4: Unveiling Your Love Story

Your Unforgettable Day

The moment you’ve been waiting for arrives. Your unique wedding day unfolds amid the enchanting beauty of Dartmoor Zoo.

Sealing Forever

Exchange vows, celebrate, and relish in the memories you’re creating, surrounded by the love of family, friends, and the animal ambassadors who call the zoo home.

Step 5: Cherish and Reflect

Beyond the Celebration

As the celebration concludes, your journey as a married couple begins. Cherish the memories, emotions, and moments that only a zoo wedding can offer.

Reflection and Reminiscence

Take time to reflect on your journey, from inspiration to the celebration. Your unique zoo wedding at Dartmoor Zoo has etched a chapter in your love story that will forever be cherished.

Your Journey Begins Here

Capturing Your Unique Love

Your journey to a one-of-a-kind ‘I do’ starts with the inspiration of Dartmoor Zoo. Love and nature intertwine here, and your story unfolds in the company of animals and enchantment.

Key Tips for Your Journey

  • Begin Early: Start planning ahead to secure your desired wedding date and package.
  • Stay Open to Magic: Embrace the unexpected moments, as they’re the essence of a zoo wedding.
  • Collaborate for Magic: Our team is here to guide you, ensuring your journey is seamless from concept to execution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can we personalise our wedding with specific animal encounters?

A: Absolutely! Discover our Wedding Experiences for unique animal interactions.

Q: How can we infuse eco-friendly elements into our wedding?

A: We’re here to help integrate sustainable practices, such as decor, catering, and favours, aligning with your values. Read more in our Wedding Suppliers Portfolio to find local businesses who can make your vision a reality. All suppliers have generously agreed to a charitable donation upon booking, so ‘Say I Do at Dartmoor Zoo’ and do good, all whilst creating the wedding of your dreams!

Q: What about unique themes or cultural preferences?

A: Share your preferences with our team, and together, we’ll craft a wedding that truly speaks to your story.

Your Adventure Awaits

Your Unique Love Story

Begin your extraordinary journey towards a ‘forever’ that’s as unique as the love you share with Dartmoor Zoo Weddings. Here, we invite you to create memories surrounded by the wonders of nature, animal companionship, and magic exclusive to your love story.

Your journey to an extraordinary ‘I do’ begins at Dartmoor Zoo. We invite you to embrace the excitement of planning a wedding that mirrors your love story. From inspiration to celebration, each step is an opportunity to infuse your personality and creativity. Get ready to have a truly unique wedding at Dartmoor Zoo, we can’t wait to hear from you.

Exchanging Vows Amidst Nature’s Finest: A Love Unveiled

There’s something inherently romantic about pledging your love amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world so why not do it with Animal-Inspired Vows? Picture yourself standing with your beloved, surrounded by the gentle rustle of leaves, the birds’ distant melodies, and the animal kingdom’s captivating presence. At Dartmoor Zoo, we offer you the chance to weave your love story into the harmonious fabric of nature, creating a wildly romantic tapestry that is uniquely yours.

Crafting Heartfelt Vows: Inspiration from the Animal Kingdom

Where Words Take Flight: A Glimpse into Animal-Inspired Vows

Draw inspiration and infuse your vows with the essence of the animal kingdom, from the loyalty of penguins, the wisdom of elephants, right through to the playfulness of otters. Craft promises that mirror the beauty of nature’s creatures, transcending mere words to express the depths of your love.

A Guiding Light: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Vows

  • Simplicity Speaks Volumes: Let your vows reflect your authentic selves. Keep them heartfelt, honest, and genuinely reflective of your bond.
  • Incorporate Shared Moments: Weave cherished memories and anecdotes into your vows. Reliving these moments adds a personal touch.
  • Promise to Grow Together: Like the natural world, love evolves—pledge to stand by each other through life’s changes and challenges.

Unveiling Unforgettable Moments: Real Couples, Real Stories

Meet Emma and Alex, a couple celebrating their union with animal-inspired vows at Dartmoor Zoo. “Surrounded by the majesty of the animal kingdom, we exchanged vows that resonated with the lessons of nature,” Emma shares. “It was an emotional experience, a testament to our bond and our shared love for all living things.”

Emotion Resonates: Pledging Love Amidst Nature’s Beauty

Love Amplified: Animal Ambassadors as Witness

Imagine reciting your vows as a family of otters play nearby, symbolising your devotion and connection. At Dartmoor Zoo, animal ambassadors witness your promises, infusing your ceremony with a profound sense of interconnectedness.

A Love Story for the Ages: A Journey Unveiled

Much like the animal kingdom, your love story is one of resilience, adaptability, and beauty. Exchanging vows at Dartmoor Zoo is a homage to the enduring bond that exists within nature, a reminder that love is a force that binds us all.

Your Wildly Romantic Beginning

Walk the Path of Love Amidst Nature’s Majesty

Elevate your vows to an extraordinary level, surrounded by the captivating aura of the animal kingdom. Dartmoor Zoo invites you to craft a love story that resonates with the whispers of nature, a tale that speaks of devotion, connection, and the magic of love. Our Wedding Experiences provide the canvas for your vows to become a symphony of love and nature’s beauty.

Top Tips for Crafting Unforgettable Animal-Inspired Vows

  • Research and Reflect: Explore the behaviour and symbolism of animals that resonate with you both. Infuse these qualities into your vows.
  • Personal Stories: Incorporate personal anecdotes that mirror the qualities of the animal kingdom you admire.
  • Speak from the Heart: Let your vows be an authentic reflection of your love and commitment.
  • Vow to Evolve: Promise to embrace change and growth as animals adapt to their environments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if we need help determining which animals to draw inspiration from?

A: Our team can help you explore the zoo’s diverse collection and find animals that resonate with your love story.

Q: Are there unique spaces within the zoo for vow exchanges?

A: Yes, we offer various picturesque locations where you can exchange vows, each surrounded by the beauty of nature and our animal ambassadors.

Ignite Your Love Story with the Animal Kingdom

Creating Lasting Memories Amidst Nature’s Beauty

Exchanging vows at Dartmoor Zoo transform your wedding into an enchanting celebration of love and nature. Our unique setting, combined with your heartfelt promises, will create a magical moment that echoes through the ages. Begin your journey of crafting animal-inspired vows at our Wedding Experiences and let your love story unfold amidst the captivating embrace of the animal kingdom.

Discover the magic of intertwining your love story with the wonders of the animal kingdom. Dartmoor Zoo’s embrace of nature creates a wildly romantic backdrop for your vows. Amidst tranquil gardens and the gentle presence of animal ambassadors, your promises gain a depth that resonates with the very essence of life. Begin your journey with animal-inspired vows at our Wedding Venue and let your love story bloom in the embrace of nature’s finest.

“With the world of animals as our audience, our vows felt even more significant. Dartmoor Zoo gifted us an unforgettable setting where our love story melded with the stories of nature.” – Emma, Bride.

Are you looking for family days out in North Devon? Nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of North Devon, a haven of natural beauty and family-friendly allure, an array of enriching activities beckons families. From idyllic coastal explorations to captivating attractions, this region has it all. Amidst these splendid offerings, one destination shines with its uniqueness – Dartmoor Zoo.

Dartmoor Zoo: Where Family Adventures Take a Unique Turn

A mere 15 minutes away from Plymouth, Dartmoor Zoo emerges as a must-visit gem in North Devon’s crown. The zoo houses a captivating menagerie boasting an Amur tiger, African lion, wolves, and meerkats. Yet, Dartmoor Zoo’s dedication to conservation and education sets it apart. Engaging educational talks and presentations reveal riveting insights about the animals and their habitats, making learning an adventure.

Seamless Travel Planning

Reaching Dartmoor Zoo from North Devon is a breeze. Whether by car, public transport, or guided tours, your journey is catered to. A mere hour’s drive from North Devon transforms this outing into a convenient day trip that promises exploration and fun.

Creating Wholesome Memories with Combined Attractions

Maximize your family’s North Devon experience by complementing your Dartmoor Zoo visit with other local attractions. North Devon boasts an array of family-centric diversions, including pristine beaches, historic landmarks, and adventure parks.

Crafting Your Ideal Zoo Day

For a memorable Dartmoor Zoo escapade, strategic planning is key. Dive into an array of experiences – animal encounters, keeper talks, and conservation discussions – designed to captivate and educate.

Morning Escapades

Embark on your Dartmoor Zoo adventure by immersing yourself in the must-see exhibits. With doors opening at 10 am, ample time awaits for exploration. Marvel at the tiger, lion, wolf, and meerkat habitats, each offering a unique window into the animal kingdom.

Lunchtime Delights

Lunch at Dartmoor Zoo unfolds a variety of dining options. The Jaguar Restaurant entices with a diverse menu of hot and cold delights, ensuring your energy levels remain high for the day’s adventures.

Afternoon Enlightenment

The afternoon ushers in a wealth of knowledge through the zoo’s informative talks. Gain insights into animal lives and habitats. For a more personal connection, partake in animal encounters, an exclusive chance to engage with the zoo’s vibrant residents up close.

Closing Moments

As the day winds down, the gift shop offers the perfect finale. Carry a piece of Dartmoor Zoo’s magic home with you. While the zoo closes at 4 pm (extended until 5 pm in summer), take your time to savor the experience.

Eternalizing Memories

A visit to Dartmoor Zoo transcends mere leisure; it’s an occasion to etch memories that linger. From awe-inspiring animal encounters to absorbing new knowledge, every moment is a treasure trove.

Charting a Course to Dartmoor Zoo

When planning your family days out in North Devon, include Dartmoor Zoo on your list. With its unique blend of attractions, educational ventures, and unwavering conservation commitment, it’s a destination that resonates with all ages.

Remember, securing your tickets in advance streamlines your experience. Visit the Dartmoor Zoo website to purchase your tickets hassle-free. Revel in your visit!

Stay Informed and Inspired

For comprehensive insights into Dartmoor Zoo and more captivating family activities in Devon, stay tuned to our enriching blog.

Dartmoor Zoo, nestled in the heart of Devon, is not just a zoo. It’s a place where families can learn about the world’s wildlife, engage in fun activities, and contribute to global conservation efforts.

A Zoo with a Rich History

Dartmoor Zoo’s journey began in 1968 when Ellis Daw and his family decided to transform their sprawling 33-acre property into a wildlife park. Over the years, the zoo has faced numerous challenges, including financial struggles and the need to upgrade facilities to meet modern standards. In 2006, the Mee family took over, and their journey was even documented in the Hollywood film “We Bought a Zoo.”

After taking on the zoo in 2006 and opening in 2007, the Mee family kindly donated Dartmoor Zoological Park to ‘Dartmoor Zoological Society’ in 2014, a charity specially created for the purpose and registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales under registration number 1158422.

The charity is responsible for the care of the animal collection as well as conservation, breeding and research projects. Therefore, whilst they are still the beloved home of the, ‘We Bought a Zoo’ story, a new story led by the charity is developing.

A Commitment to Conservation

Dartmoor Zoo is about more than just providing a fun day out for families. It’s also deeply committed to wildlife conservation. The zoo is involved in various conservation projects, both locally and globally, and is part of the European Endangered Species Programme. This commitment to conservation is part of what makes a visit to Dartmoor Zoo fun and meaningful.

Family-Friendly Activities

Dartmoor Zoo offers a range of activities that are perfect for families. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Junior Keeper for a Day: Experience a day in the life of a zookeeper. This hands-on experience lets you get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s most famous residents. Book here
  • Meet the Tiger (8yrs+): Get up close and personal with Dragan, a male Amur tiger, for an encounter you’ll never forget. This experience includes free access to the rest of the Zoo and a free lunch in the Jaguar restaurant. Book here
  • Feed the Otters: Have a unique experience feeding the otter family. You’ll be with a keeper at all times and will be able to ask them lots of questions.  Book here

Why Dartmoor Zoo is the Perfect Family Day Out

Dartmoor Zoo offers a unique blend of fun, education, and conservation. It’s a place where children can learn about the importance of wildlife conservation and have a great time. The zoo’s wide range of activities ensures something for everyone, making it the perfect destination for a family day out in Devon.

So why wait? Plan your visit to Dartmoor Zoo today and create unforgettable memories with your family while contributing to a noble cause.

Did you know that a portion of DZS ticket sales are used to help conservation efforts worldwide? 

Dartmoor Zoo are supporting the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), which is dedicated to saving Cheetah in the wild. Now that’s a win-win!


Looking for a family-friendly adventure in Devon? Dartmoor Zoo stands out as a must-visit destination. Nestled on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, this unique zoo offers an unforgettable adventure for families looking to explore the best of Devon’s attractions.

A Unique History

Dartmoor Zoo has a unique history that sets it apart from other attractions in Devon. Created in the 1960s as a private exotic animal collection, it has since transformed into a charitable zoo home to over 80 animal species, including some endangered and critically endangered ones. This rich history adds more intrigue to your visit, making it more than just a day out at the zoo.

After taking on the zoo in 2006 and opening in 2007, the Mee family kindly donated Dartmoor Zoological Park to ‘Dartmoor Zoological Society’ in 2014, a charity specially created for the purpose and registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales under registration number 1158422.

The charity is responsible for the care of the animal collection as well as our conservation, breeding and research projects. Therefore, whilst Dartmoor Zoo are still the beloved home of the, ‘We Bought a Zoo’ story, a new story led by the charity is developing.

Family Activities at Dartmoor Zoo

Dartmoor Zoo offers many family activities, making it a top choice for a family-friendly adventure in Devon. There are various events and experiences throughout the year suitable for the whole family. There’s never a dull moment at Dartmoor Zoo!

One of the highlights of a visit to Dartmoor Zoo is the opportunity to adopt an animal. This unique program allows families to form a special connection with the zoo’s inhabitants and makes for a memorable gift for animal-loving children.

A Commitment to Conservation

Dartmoor Zoo is about more than just fun and entertainment. It’s also deeply committed to conservation and education. The zoo offers educational programs for school groups and a Conservation Academy. These initiatives visit Dartmoor Zoo not just enjoyable but also educational.

A Beautiful Setting

Located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, one of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes, Dartmoor Zoo offers visitors stunning views of the surrounding countryside across its excellent 33-acre site. The zoo’s passion for plants makes it look beautiful and plays a vital role in helping local wildlife thrive. The variety of plants and animals living in a particular area is essential. Enormous biodiversity suggests a healthy ecosystem and, on a larger scale, can help safeguard areas against specific diseases or changes in climate. Dartmoor Zoo wants to provide a home for as many species as possible and have a highly biodiverse site, purposefully leaving some areas of the zoo to grow naturally, as this provides the perfect habitat for many species. This makes Dartmoor Zoo an excellent place for families to connect and surround themselves with nature.

A Charitable Adventure

Dartmoor Zoo is a charitable zoo funded by donations, visitor entry fees, experiences, and educational activities. This means that every visit supports the zoo’s mission and contributes to the conservation of the animals.

What Visitors Say

Visitors to Dartmoor Zoo often praise the zoo for its clean and pleasant enclosures, and the animals are reported to look healthy and happy. The zoo is described as easy to reach from Plymouth city centre, only a 15-minute drive. Families have enjoyed great days out at Dartmoor Zoo, making it the perfect start to the summer holidays. You can read more about visitors’ experiences on Tripadvisor and What’s Good To Do.

In conclusion, Dartmoor Zoo offers a unique blend of fun, education, and conservation, making it a top choice for family activities in Devon. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a visit to Dartmoor Zoo will surely be a highlight of your time in Devon. So why wait? Plan your visit today and embark on a family-friendly adventure you’ll remember for years.


Are you searching for the perfect destination for your next family day out in Devon? Look no further than Dartmoor Zoo. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Devon countryside, Dartmoor Zoo offers the whole family a unique blend of fun, education, and adventure. Explore diverse animals worldwide, engage in hands-on activities, and support conservation efforts. Discover why Dartmoor Zoo is one of Devon’s top attractions.

Attractions at Dartmoor Zoo


Spanning 33 acres of stunning woodland, Dartmoor Zoo provides a natural habitat for numerous animal species. Experience an unforgettable journey through the animal kingdom, from majestic Big Cats to playful South American capybaras. Dartmoor Zoo’s commitment to conservation and education sets it apart as a top family attraction in Devon.

Family Activities

Animal Encounters

Get up close and personal with the zoo’s most popular residents. Feed the meerkats and otters, or come face-to-face with a big cat for a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

Junior Keeper for the Day

Become a zookeeper for a day and gain a behind-the-scenes look at the zoo’s daily routines. This hands-on and educational experience is perfect for animal-loving kids!

Educational Talks and Feeds

Join daily talks and feeding sessions led by knowledgeable keepers, education teams and volunteers. Learn fascinating facts about your favourite animals and have your questions answered.

The Zoo’s Commitment to Conservation

Dartmoor Zoo is a registered charity committed to conservation. The zoo collaborates with conservation organisations, including the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). It actively participates in conservation breeding programs for endangered species, such as the Golden Mantella Frogs, which are critically endangered.

Upcoming Events at Dartmoor Zoo

Dartmoor Zoo offers a range of exciting events throughout the year. Here are some upcoming events you won’t want to miss:

Breakfast with Santa

Santa Claus is coming to Dartmoor Zoo!
Join us for a morning of Festive Banqueting, Christmassy Crafts, access around the Zoo before we open the public, a chance to meet and receive a gift from the Big Jolly Man himself.


Zooluminate is back! Bigger and better than ever!

Experience a magical and wintery walk around our gorgeous site, taking in a series of beautiful light installations (from JHAV, the incredible team that brought you The Atlantic Project and Illuminate Festival of Light), which bring the zoo to life after dark in the most enchanting way possible!

Keeper for a Day

Shadow a zookeeper for a day and better understand the zoo’s animals and their care. This immersive experience is perfect for animal enthusiasts.

Visitor Tips

  • Arrive Early: Maximize your day and catch all animal feeding sessions throughout the day.
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes: the entire site is accessible, but it may be uneven in places. We also have mobility scooters for hire should people require them.
  • Accommodate Young Children: Consider bringing a stroller or carrier for young children.
  • Refreshments: There is a cafe at the zoo that serves food and drinks. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Family Activities at Dartmoor Zoo

What are the best animal encounters for kids 8 Years+?

Some of the best animal encounters for kids at Dartmoor Zoo include:

  • Meet the Tiger: This experience allows you to meet Dragan, the zoo’s resident tiger. You’ll learn about tigers and their conservation status.
  • Junior Keeper for a Day: This experience allows you to shadow a zookeeper daily. You’ll get to learn about the zoo’s animals and their care.
  • Feed the Meerkats: This experience allows you to feed the meerkats at the zoo.

What are the best times to visit Dartmoor Zoo with kids?

The best time to visit Dartmoor Zoo with kids is during the Summer for the fun, educational trails. Or keep an eye out for special offers throughout the year to save some pennies on your next outings!

What are the best things to do at Dartmoor Zoo with kids besides seeing the animals?

There are many other things to do at Dartmoor Zoo with kids besides seeing the animals. Here are a few ideas:

  • Visit the playground: The zoo has a great playground where kids can play and burn off some energy.
  • Visit the gift shop: The zoo has a great gift shop to buy souvenirs to remember your visit.


Make Dartmoor Zoo your next family day out in Devon. With its diverse wildlife, engaging educational experiences, and commitment to conservation, it’s no surprise that Dartmoor Zoo ranks among the top attractions in Devon. Plan your visit, experience thrilling animal encounters, and join upcoming events at Dartmoor Zoo. Book your tickets now and create lasting memories!


Devon is a treasure trove of family activities, and Dartmoor Zoo is one of its crown jewels. This blog post will guide you through the top 5 family-friendly attractions at Dartmoor Zoo that are sure to make your visit memorable.

Attraction Highlights

1. Tiger

Meet Dragan, the magnificent Amur tiger at Dartmoor Zoo. As the largest cat species in the world, he truly is a majestic sight to behold. The zoo offers a series of daily talks and enrichment feeds, so make sure to pop along and find out more about these fascinating animals!

2. African Lioness

Visit the beautiful Kimya, Dartmoor Zoo’s African lioness. Did you know, it is actually the females that hunt whilst the males guard their homes? Find out more about these incredible animals and their conservation status.

3. Meerkats

The Meerkat enclosure is a hit with children. These social animals are fascinating to watch as they interact with each other. With experiences such as meet or feed the meerkats available to children 6-8 years+, why not treat the family to an educational and entertaining animal experience you won’t forget? Find out more here.

4. Otters

An incredible opportunity for you to meet Dartmoor Zoo’s otter family and provide their next meal of fresh meat and fish (gloves provided!). Make sure to check the age requirements. Prices are £30 for this experience. Learn more and enquire here.

5. Walkthrough

Fancy a walk in nature? Dartmoor Zoo sits in a stunning 33-acre site with a glorious walkthrough just off of Goodamoor House (the home in ‘We Bought a Zoo’). Immerse yourselves in the stunning grounds, surrounded by wallabies, goslings and Mr Pickles, the friendly fallow deer that loves chin scratches! Dartmoor Zoo is passionate about supporting the local ecology and aims to provide a home for as many species as possible, creating a highly biodiverse site. Areas of the zoo are left to grow naturally, as this provides the perfect habitat for many species to live in!

Insider Tips and Recommendations

Best Times to Visit Attractions

To avoid crowds and maximise enjoyment, visiting Dartmoor Zoo early in the morning or later in the afternoon is recommended. These times often provide a more relaxed atmosphere and better opportunities to see the animals.

Interactive Opportunities

Dartmoor Zoo offers a variety of interactive experiences, as well as animal feeding and keeper talks. These activities provide a hands-on learning experience for children and adults alike.

Insider Secrets

Did you know Dartmoor Zoo inspired the Hollywood movie “We Bought a Zoo”? The zoo’s unique history adds an extra layer of intrigue to your visit. Read more here

Family-Friendly Features

Safety Considerations

Dartmoor Zoo prioritises safety, with clear signage, well-maintained enclosures, and staff on hand to ensure a secure family environment.

Educational Value

Each exhibit at Dartmoor Zoo offers educational value, with informative displays and daily talks that engage and educate visitors about the animals and their conservation.

Accessibility Features

Dartmoor Zoo is committed to being accessible to all visitors. The zoo offers wheelchair hire, accessible pathways, and designated parking spaces to cater to families with special needs.

Plan your visit to Dartmoor Zoo today and discover the top 5 family-friendly attractions that make it a standout destination for family activities in Devon. For more information, visit the Dartmoor Zoo website.


Ticket Discounts and Promotions

Seasonal Offers

Dartmoor Zoo often runs seasonal promotions and discounted ticket prices during specific periods of the year. Keep an eye on their official website or social media channels for the latest deals and offers.

Family Packages

Dartmoor Zoo offers discounted tickets or packages for families. These packages often include admission for two adults and two children, making it a cost-effective option for a family day out in Devon.

Membership Benefits

Consider investing in an annual membership if you plan on visiting Dartmoor Zoo multiple times throughout the year. Members enjoy unlimited visits and additional perks like discounts in the zoo’s gift shop and café.

Free or Low-Cost Activities

Free Attractions

Dartmoor Zoo boasts several attractions that don’t require an additional fee. The zoo’s educational talks and feeding times are included in the admission price, providing an engaging and cost-effective option for families.

Low-Cost Activities

The zoo also offers affordable activities such as interactive trails and guided tours. These experiences offer excellent value for money and can enhance your visit without breaking the bank.

Transportation and Parking Savings

Carpooling Options

Carpooling or sharing transportation with other families can significantly reduce fuel and parking expenses. Plus, it’s a more environmentally friendly option!

Public Transportation Tips

Several public transportation options offer cost savings, such as discounted family tickets or group rates. Check out the public transport links to Dartmoor Zoo for more information.

Parking Alternatives

Dartmoor Zoo offers free parking to visitors. However, during peak times, you might want to consider alternative transportation methods to avoid the hassle of finding a parking spot.

Affordable Accommodation Options

If you’re planning a multi-day trip, consider staying at one of the affordable accommodations nearby. Dartmoor Zoo recommends several options, including the Travelodge Plymouth, which offers affordable accommodation with contemporary decor and breathtaking views of Plymouth.

By planning ahead and taking advantage of discounts and promotions, a trip to Dartmoor Zoo can be a fun, educational, and budget-friendly experience for the whole family. Enjoy your visit!

If you’re looking for the perfect family day out in Devon, look no further than Dartmoor Zoo. With its unique blend of fascinating wildlife, educational experiences, and fun-filled activities, it’s a destination that promises to captivate visitors of all ages.

A Unique Wildlife Collection

At the heart of Dartmoor Zoo is its impressive collection of animals. The zoo is home to a diverse range of species, from the majestic lion and tiger to playful meerkats and otters. Each animal enclosure is designed to mimic the animal’s natural habitat, providing them with a comfortable living environment while also giving visitors an authentic wildlife viewing experience.

Engaging Activities for Families

Dartmoor Zoo offers a variety of family-oriented activities that go beyond simply viewing animals. The zoo’s interactive encounters allow families to get up close and personal with various animals, providing a unique and memorable experience. From the famous “Walk on the Wild Side” experience to the “Junior Keeper for a Day” experience, there’s something for every animal lover at Dartmoor Zoo.

Connecting with Devon’s Natural Beauty

Located on the edge of the stunning Dartmoor National Park, Dartmoor Zoo allows visitors to connect with Devon’s natural beauty. The zoo is over 33 acres of beautiful woodland, with picnic areas and viewpoints where you can relax and enjoy the scenery. Plus, it’s just a stone’s throw away from other Devon attractions, making it a great addition to any Devon holiday itinerary.

Visitor Testimonials

Visitors to Dartmoor Zoo have shared glowing reviews of their experiences. One visitor described their trip as “a fantastic day out for the family,” praising the zoo’s educational aspects and the proximity to the animals. Another visitor highlighted the zoo’s friendly and knowledgeable staff: “The staff were all very friendly and informative, and the animals all looked well cared for.” These testimonials underscore Dartmoor Zoo as a top-rated destination for a family day out.

Special Events

Dartmoor Zoo hosts various special events throughout the year, adding excitement to your visit. From Halloween Spooktacular to Christmas at the Zoo, these events offer themed activities and unique animal encounters that will delight children and adults alike. Check the Dartmoor Zoo events page for the latest updates.


Dartmoor Zoo is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. The zoo offers mobility scooter hire and wheelchair-friendly paths, ensuring everyone can enjoy their visit. For those with dietary requirements, the Jaguar Restaurant offers a range of options to cater to different needs.

Value for Money

With a family ticket offering discounted entry for two adults and two children or one adult and three children, Dartmoor Zoo provides excellent value for money. Plus, with under 2s going free, it’s an affordable day out for families with young children.


Just 15 minutes from Plymouth, Dartmoor Zoo is conveniently located for families living in or visiting Devon. Its location on the edge of the stunning Dartmoor National Park also makes it a great starting point for exploring the wider area.

Remember, a day at Dartmoor Zoo isn’t just about seeing animals – learning, exploring, and making memories as a family. So why wait? Plan your visit today and discover why Dartmoor Zoo is the perfect destination for a family day out.


Dartmoor Zoo stands out as a premier destination for family attractions and activities in Devon. Nestled in the heart of Devon, this unique zoo offers an array of experiences that cater to all ages, making it the perfect spot for a family day out.

A Diverse Collection of Animals

One of Dartmoor Zoo’s main attractions is its diverse animal collection. From big cats to birds of prey, reptiles to mammals, the zoo houses various species that are sure to fascinate children and adults alike. The zoo’s commitment to animal welfare and conservation is evident in the care and attention given to each animal, providing an enriching environment that mimics their natural habitats.

Interactive Encounters

Dartmoor Zoo offers a range of interactive encounters that allow families to get up close and personal with various animals. These experiences provide a unique opportunity to learn about different species, their behaviours, and their habitats. Whether it’s meeting the meerkats, feeding the otters or meeting the tiger, these encounters offer unforgettable memories.

Educational Shows and Demonstrations

The zoo hosts a variety of educational talks and enrichment demonstrations that engage visitors of all ages. These talks provide insights into the animals’ behaviours, their roles in the ecosystem, and the importance of conservation, providing entertainment and education.

Family-Friendly Facilities and Amenities

Dartmoor Zoo has a range of facilities and amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable visit for families. The site is stroller-friendly, making navigating easy for families with young children. There’s also a calm garden with a play area and a jungle frame near the jaguar enclosure and a playground on the lawn area near the lynx. The zoo’s restaurant offers a great food selection for those needing a break, including a dedicated children’s menu and lunchboxes for those wanting to eat on the go.

Special Events and Activities

During the half-term and summer holidays, Dartmoor Zoo focuses on family-friendly fun, with educational but adventurous trails around the zoo to entertain everyone. The zoo also hosts “Roar n’ Snore” events for those who want to camp overnight. These events provide a unique opportunity to experience the zoo after hours and listen to the sounds of the animals at night.


Dartmoor Zoo offers a unique blend of education, conservation, and fun, making it a must-visit destination for families. With its diverse range of animals, interactive encounters, educational shows, and family-friendly facilities, it’s no wonder that Dartmoor Zoo is considered one of the top family attractions in Devon.

For more information about Dartmoor Zoo and its offerings, visit their website.