Newquay Zoo’s top 5 zoo hacks

With hundreds of animals, along with 13 acres of lush, sub-tropical gardens to explore, you’ll find something new around every corner at Newquay Zoo. Located just a short walk away from Newquay’s train and bus stations, Newquay Zoo is one of Cornwall’s best loved visitor attractions.

To help you make the most of your visit, here’s a list of our top 5 zoo hacks:

1. Get the best prices and book online

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For great savings it pays to book online. When booking, you can also select whether you wish to add Gift Aid. If you are a UK taxpayer and you make a Gift Aid donation, the government will give us 25p for every £1 of your entrance fee! Newquay Zoo is a registered charity and donations help to support our conservation work in the UK and overseas.

2. Go wild in our play areas

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Whether you have young children, or are young-at-heart, you’ll love our play areas. Complete with climbing frames, slides and swings, along with our Tarzan Trail obstacle course, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for children to monkey around and let off steam. Once your little ones have burnt off all that energy, then make sure to refuel at one of our food and drinks outlets. Sit down to lunch at Café Lemur, grab a snack at Tippy’s Lawn, and leave room for an ice creams or lolly from Meerkat Munchies.

3. Check out our talk times

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Our talk times offer you the chance to find out more about the incredible creatures that call Newquay Zoo home. Ranger talks, games and activities take place throughout the day, in locations across the zoo, so check out the website for times and locations in advance of your visit.

4. Seek out our Secret Garden

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If you’re in need of some peace and tranquillity during your visit, then why not head to the Secret Garden, which is nestled in the centre of the zoo. Surrounded by beautiful plants and a gentle stream, it’s a great spot to take time out and spot some native wildlife at the same time. Download a map before you arrive to find the Secret Garden, along with our other attractions.

5. If at first you don’t succeed, try again!

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Some of animals are active during the morning after their breakfast, and some prefer to stroll around in the afternoon. Some love stretching out in the sunshine and others prefer to shelter in the shade. Our enclosures are cleverly designed so that our animals have space to roam, and if they want to shy away from public view – they can. We take pride in our animal welfare and keeping our animals happy and safe is a top priority for us.

If you haven’t been lucky enough to spot your favourite animal, be sure to pass their enclosure again before you leave. You never know, you might just be able to see them! For example, Kicsi our Carpathian lynx can often be spotted at around 4pm each day (unsurprisingly, this is around the time she usually gets fed!), while our red pandas can often be found lounging in one of the high branches above their enclosure.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our top tips to make the most of your visit.

Newquay Zoo is open from 10am every day (except Christmas Day). Closing times and last entry varies throughout the year so please check here to find out more.

We look forward to seeing you soon!