Written on: 17/07/2013
The new owners of this place deserve huge credit. They've clearly made a massive effort and it's a fantastic day out. Amazing value at under £40 for 4 people and so much to see and do. If you're in the area this place is definitely worth a detour for. (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2012
I brought my niece here for a day out at the start of the season and had an amazing time!, the new owners for 2012 have improved this place so much and deserve a lot of credit! Continue the good work is all i can say!! GO GO GO! great value for a whole day out! (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2012 by fossilboystu (1 review written)
Just been back to the Combe Martin wildlife and dinosaur park, last time was a bit disappointing to be honest but they have new owners! There was a real vibe to the place this time and a new meet and greet animal section. All the staff were great, really cheerful and friendly, they made us feel special (last time they all seemed a bit glum...) Feeding the lemurs was awesome, what an amazing experience. The lions, sealion show, birds of prey, penguins, walking with Meercats and Wallabies,... (read more)
Written on: 26/02/2012 by chips01 (1 review written)
I felt the need to leave a review to show my disgust in this attraction, we have been as a family a few times now and on our visit last year we decided to purchase a return pass so we could get in free, partially for the inappropriate fee they charge. Arrived today only to be told we could not use it anymore because they have started a new season even though when we purchased this pass we were told it was valid for a whole year. We asked to speak to a supervisor and they did not care one... (read more)
Written on: 30/11/2011 by wykes (1 review written)
Entry to the car park is a little scary and accessability around the park is not for the faint hearted but we knew that before we came and were therefore prepared for steep hills and a bit of effort. We also knew that the wolves were no longer at the park because we have been following progress at The Wolf Centre on their website. We watched the Sea Lion show and were captivated by the bond displayed between the animals and their keeper - it was very special. I think the park could be... (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2011
I went to this Park 3 years ago and it was brilliant and good value for money,however,just been and it has really gone down hill.The cost is too much for what you actually get to start with,esp paying £11.50 for a 4 year old!Last time you could feed the Wallabies,but didn't even see any.lots of empty cages.last time there were dino's dotted around the park,but there were none apart from the moving ones at the end - they really could do with more dino's esp having the title of Dino park!... (read more)
Written on: 11/09/2011 by TonyfromKent (1 review written)
Our 3 year old son spotted a flyer for this place because of the dinosaur on the front. We already had a place to go, but we looked at the impressive promotional material and decided to there instead. What a mistake! Don't be fooled by the leaflet, you pay loads to get in, then keep paying!! Lots of sit on rides and other pay more to do activities, the best one being the train ride! It was so bad it was funny! Bearing in mind I just paid £38 to get in, another £6 for the train ride is a... (read more)
Written on: 06/07/2011
We found the park good value for money and experienced some good things during the day like the children had photos with a sea lion kissing them through glass they loved it and us as adults fed a loin it was amazing. I would go back there again. The children had a brilliant day they loved the dinosaurs waking up every hour and seeing all the animals. Well worth it. Afterall it is all about the kids. (read more)
Written on: 25/04/2011
I have visited many attractions around the country but have never written an adverse review before. The 'Park' is so bad it would take pages to list every problem.
It is probably sufficient to say it is a total rip-off, and I would rate it as the worst 'attraction' in the UK! (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2011
extreamly good thats all I think I need to say!!! (read more)
Written on: 30/01/2011
it's all good like the dinosaurs are cool and all the animals are cool and shuan ellis is another cool thing about this park (read more)
Written on: 05/09/2010
Very expensive for what you receive, a substandard theme park with no apparent theme. The animals are not exotic though are cared for well and the only redeeming feature. If the world was ended by zombies tomorrow and this dinosaur park was the last sanctuary I would need to be drugged with milk or taken by force. (read more)
Written on: 29/08/2010
From the moment you arive by car you get a feel for the place. a massive hill is your first hurdle, and not your last.
The wolf area. Whats the point of a viewing platform if its positions / build is in such a away that absolutley no one could see the wolves
The Dinosaur museaum. Its a Room about 12 Metres by 6. you would get better value going to Barnstaple and buying a book on Dinosaurs.
Recommended by Terry Nutkins. Well that just about says it all. I think he needs an eye check.
Over... (read more)
Written on: 26/08/2010
Very uninspired by the place, all looks good in theory but just doesn't work. Prices far to high, then once your through the gates you just keep in paying. Overheard a lot of other people voicing the exact same thing, maybe it's time the nods running the place took a little notice of sites like this before the word spreads any further. All the 'rides' are out of date, non of the staff look particularly happy to be there, the animals don't even seem to be bothered either. The queue for the... (read more)
Written on: 22/08/2010 by granny1 (1 review written)
The park was very over priced to enter and this was with children admitted free. We all thought it was a rip off especially as you had to pay for the kiddies rides etc! The eathquake train was laughable in fact we did laugh it was so bad.I thought that some or the animals were not treated very well.For example I, saw one visitor taking a meerkat for a walk on a lead it looked terrified. All in all it wasn't worth the money and I thought some of the rides looked tired and needed a make... (read more)
Written on: 15/08/2010
What a con! Very clever advertising made this place seem a fantastic day out for everybody. What we found was very disappointing.
The animatronic dinosaurs were rubbish! Only 1 moved.
The Light Show was laughable. To sit for 10 minutes whilst some 'space-like' music played and a few lights flash on and off does not make a good show.
The Dinosaur 'Museum' was like visiting an old relatives front room. Small, smelly and a couple of old fossils.
The Pharoah's Tomb was laughable! If a person... (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2010
I think that the park is fantastic! I must admit that the entrance price could be dropped a little and that the gradients could be mentioned in the brouchure but apart from that we love it here! We come every year as we come to north devon every year for our holiday. Our children LOVE it at the park, especially the extended dinosaur shows with the escaped dinosaur - you should have heard my girls squeal with delight!
To sum up: a little expensive but an excellent day out IF you make sure... (read more)
Written on: 07/08/2010
What a waste of money, described as a wildlife/dinosaur park, but not really sure where the pharaohs tomb and light show fit in???? Dinosaurs really poor about 5 in a small area that on the hour spray water and make a noise!!! Whopeee!!! Spent £36.50 to get in and yet the brass rubbing, train ride and other amusements were extra. The birds near to the toilets were in a small cage and looked very sad for themselves. Missed the otters (not sure how??) the only thing we enjoyed was the... (read more)
Written on: 04/08/2010
A wonderful day had by the family a lovely atmosphere around the park friendly enthusiastic staff clean and reasonably priced, the attractions were great the seal show was superb as was the wolfman Shaun Ellis who along with the other animal handlers and staff at the park were happy to stay after the show and talk to me my wife and two children. Some steep hills but all the attractions in one wooded valley and you can take your time to see close up animals such as otters, wolves from just a... (read more)
Written on: 17/07/2010 by Harves (1 review written)
The place should be shut down ! However to all those that moan about the hills, Combe means Valley ! the clue is in the title ! of course its gonna be Hilly you plebs !
The tall monkey keeper and the guy that did the parrots and meerkats and red monkeys was very good indeed and what they said was really educational.
I met the owner who told me that snow leopards lived in family groups in trees and that lemurs have a tail like another limb........ man was well thick and seemed to be on drugs ! (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2010
ask about things to do for a disabled child and was given no help what so ever and the dinosaurs well DONT BLINK or you will miss them (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2010 by tigerhen (2 reviews written)
WOW... FANTASTIC DAY I HAD!
Yes there are steep slopes, its north Devon what do you expect?? great hands on contact with the animals, great talks about the animals.
Good value for money, and to all you moaners out there that say its expensive please remember that most of the money goes back on the animals!
I had and experience of a lifetime when many thanks to Dolly the lion handler "who calls the lions like house cats & dogs!" choose me to feed a lion, that made my holiday!
All i can say is... (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2010
Very clean, yes there are steep hills up n down and i had a 19mth with a buggy but coped perfectly fine as she was walking around most of the time or if she was in the buggy you just have to use muscles to push......devon itself is VERY hilly so it shuld give u an idea on the attractions nearby!!
All animals were out and feeding away. Went in with the black and white lemurs and fed them also took lots of pictures of the lions up close as they were all out in their enclosure where they do the... (read more)
Written on: 01/07/2010
What a brilliant place to visit. So much to do and get really involved in. We managed to feed the lemars, sit in the meerkat inclosure, feed the wallabies,such a great hands on experiences. staff very friendly and informative they have real passion for what they do.I took part in the sealion swim and this was worth every penny what an experience of a lifetime!I was sad to be leaving at the end of the day. there was plenty of food choices in their cafe at reasonable prizes. I have recommended... (read more)
Written on: 14/06/2010
Hideously overpriced, and on top of that train, brass rubbing etc was extra!!!!!
Dinosaur show was pathetic and only one an hour, animals looked uncared for and it was FULL of ridiously steep hills, not good for 3 year old and 7 month pregnant woman! No staff, and those we did encounter were incredibly unenthused, lack of faciliaties and those there were are in a poor state! (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2010 by Goodmans (2 reviews written)
Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur park. Absolutely awful - worse park I have ever been to. Whole place is on the side of a huge hill and there is no mention of this in the leaflet - if you have mobility problems or have kids in pushchairs it is a nightmare. Walk in and you are faced with a tatty looking train that you need to pay for and the first impression of the whole place is that it is very run down. Dinosaur 'show' pathetic - don't wait the hour. Tomb of the Pharoahs is rubbish and... (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2010
Absolute waste of money cost us £56.00 for 4 adults, my granddaughter was free, bonus.
5 dinosaurs which do something once an hour, we waited 20 minutes to see the "show" shouldn't have bothered.
Couldn't even see the lions, when we asked where they were we were told in the bottom field well out of sight.
The other animals, the few there are, looked in a poor state.
My advice would be don't waste your money or your time, complete waste of both.
Written on: 25/03/2010
Sad place if you are an animal as there seems to be no enrichment at all for them. Several enclosures too small for the animals. Lions and wolves seemed stressed as they are constantly pacing their enclosures, very dirty parrot cages without foom for the birds to stretch their wings.....maybe authorities should investigate into the welfare of the animals and birds kept here. (read more)
Written on: 16/10/2009
We also found Coombe Martin park very disapointing. The penguins were so depressed. they were in a dark and dirty pool and obviously waiting to be fed as were all the animals. There was obviously no 'enrichment' as they call it.
The lions were in a small cage and just pacing constantly. The meerkats were playing with rubbish and the sea lion was performing tricks for food.
Aside from the animals, the park advertises other attractions like a dinosaur museum and an Egytptian tomb - both... (read more)
Written on: 04/10/2009
EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ALL!!!!! :) (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2009
We found combe martin dinosaur park very upsetting,three beautiful lions spent their days pacing their small enclosure, wolves were fenced in small enclosures and were obviously tame which made it all the more sadder, racoons were in a very small enclosure trying to climb a wall to freedom, and the meercats just huddled together, one meercat was separated from the others and when I asked why we were told he had been handled by humans too much so the other meercats would attack him. These... (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2009
first the good bits of Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park - the sealion show was fantastic and the animals we actually got to see were in decent enclosures. now for the not so good - the entrance is a steep incline which tails back about 5 cars before you find yourself queuing on the main road. our clutch started to smoke (so did about 2 other cars ) and i started to panic, when we got to a parking spot the attendant had heard it all before and confirmed that many people suffer the same... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2009
I absolutely LOVE Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park! I go there every year when I go on holiday to Devon with my family. I am amazed that other people have said tht it is poor value for money! I thought it was worth every penny. I suppose it all comes down to personal likes and dislkes but Ioved it and would recommend it to anybody, especially families.
There is a fantastic range of animals, plus you can go and feed, hold and stroke some of them, which is a brilliant experience.
Also,... (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2009
To start there is the huge hill to drive up and pay before you enter the park, therefore cars on the main road. Second access is almost none existant to the park. Throughout the park itself there are more steep hills, steps and areas you can easily slip than I have ever seen.
We went with our 8 month old, he had to be taken out of his pushchair and carried due to the incline throughout. I only saw one actual keeper throughout the day.
incline throughout the Combe Martin Wildlife &... (read more)
Written on: 15/05/2009 by bluejuandangoe (1 review written)
Excellent day out at Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, was really informative and the staff are all clearly passionate about their animals. The wolf talk was especially good, bt then again so was the Sea Lions. All good!!! The ruff necked Lemur encounter was excellent where you get to go into the pen and feed the animals at no extra charge to your entry fee. (read more)
Written on: 01/03/2009
The falconry guy at Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park was amazing, great talk interesting, for once. However, I found the dinosaurs disappointing, expected more. Falconry man turned up to do the sealion show and the lion talk, multi-talented and very entertaining 10 out of ten to him. (read more)
Written on: 11/02/2009
I love Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park because of the dinosaurs they're realy cool. The first time I went into the tomb of the pharaohs i was scared so much I screamed. I can't wait to go there again beacause I want to see the african lions, do a brass drawing and see big t!!! Its bad that the dinosaurs in the cage are breaking down so I would you like to buy some new ones please (read more)
Written on: 01/09/2008
The sealions were absolutely out of this world. Would have paid the money to see them alone! Wolf talk was amazing too. Went twice to this park in a two week period. Simply the best day out if your are an animal lover!!! (read more)
Written on: 25/08/2008 by mr burnsy (1 review written)
Over priced, small array of dinosaurs, lack of picnicing places lack of toilets,lack of sun! (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2008 by Polpoter
There is a lot here to see, It will take a full day, there are some steep paths which add to the beauty of the surroundings. I have been to a lot of wildlife parks and NEVER have been into the lemur enclosure to hand feed them, this made the visit for us being animal lovers, we went in with both lots of lemurs and it was beautiful. The wolves talk was fantastic, we bought the book, lovely place to relax, lovely Chinese gardens, the sea lions were the best we have ever seen here in the UK.... (read more)
Written on: 15/04/2008
We have been to so many parks like this but nothing as good as this one, it was fantastic! The dinosaurs looked so real my son who is a dinosaur fanatic was scared, there were lots of dinosaurs but I have seen more in other parks, not moving ones though, they were great. The sea lion show was amazing and educational which was great, she explained what they do and why and the sea lions looked so full of fun and happy. Also the wolf talk was spectacular although not for the squeamish! You may... (read more)
Written on: 11/03/2008
Only contemplate going if you have children, and even then consider what else you can do - such as hire bikes or something similar. I would have given zero out of ten if it wasn't for our brothers enjoying it - although they all agreed it wasn't as good as they hoped. Therefore it receives two stars - a very generous rating. (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2008
Ok for a visit, but not a patch on Paignton Zoo and more expensive.
Overall - I would not bother. (read more)
Written on: 26/07/2007 by simmons
Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park was poor value for money, lots of attractions not working, cafes offering fried food only, all very amateurish. (read more)
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