Written on: 27/07/2012
Had an absolutely lovely day at Dudley zoo today with my friend and our 6 children ranging from 15yrs down to 15months. Ignore the bad reviews it's just people being pernickety, much better than Twycross and cheaper too plus you get a castle and a little fair ground too!
The place is steeped in history, some of the enclosures are listed buildings as they date back to the 1930's hence they can't be knocked down and rebuilt!!! Some people are just ignorant and instead of asking about the buildings just assume nobody is bothering with the upkeep of them!
The castle ruins are amazing! There's is so much to see and do.
I would recommend the zoo to anyone, it's inexpensive, the staff are friendly and very informative about all the animals and nothing is too much trouble. We stood for 20minutes chatting to a keeper about the penguins in the penguin walk through, he was actually uncharged if looking after the pandas but you would never have known.
The zoo is big on conservation, has an excellent breeding programme and you can see that the animals are cared for.
All in all a fantastic day out. I would suggest trainers and lots of water as the hill is steep but I managed in flip flops whilst pushing a pushchair so if I can do it anyone can.
Also, aim at it from the m5, if you use the A5 it takes hours and it's not signed until your about 50yards from the gate!!!