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“Joke”

Written on: 02/03/2017

Absalte joke tractor driving around the public in think road ways driver was rude had tattoos showing and didnt care about anyone in his way nearly ran me over the animals is all dark and secluded so cant see much staff walking around and didnt want to answer quetions some were even walking round with some blowing machine thing as he blew a puddle all over my shoes and jeans by the castle cant believe i actually paid to go there and for parking this place should be closed down as its a joke… Read Full Review

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“Omg”

Written on: 23/07/2016 by 332Brooks (1 review written)

The cafe is so expensive £5.45 for a sandwich £6 for a jacket potato and the burgers etc are at the bottom on the way out the cages are stupid some are hidden behind plants how stupid and what have thay done to the flamingos all fenced off it looks ridiculous the staff were rude and had faces like smacked arsies safari park only £6 more and there is way more their and £3.50 to bloody park it's a day of walking about not much to see go to the park you see more animals no joke!!!!… Read Full Review

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“Brilliant party venue”

Written on: 02/07/2016 by Jadeyjademaria (1 review written)

I had my sons 2nd bday party and was brilliant! Staff was amazing and friendly and helpful party plan was amazing could t fault! Had an amazing day kids loved it adults and most of all my 2 year old son! Will return for future party Thank you… Read Full Review

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“Wouldn't even give it 1 star”

Written on: 13/04/2015 by odelle (1 review written)

As an Animal Behaviour studies student I came to Dudley Zoo in order to observe the behaviour of the animals in captivity, and what I found was truly shocking. Social animals such as bears and tigers were housed alone, in unnatural environments, and given little room to roam which is psychologically disturbing to the animal. I have visited many Zoos over the years, however this one was one of the worst… Read Full Review

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“I went to the zoo today with my family and we loved...”

Written on: 06/08/2014

I went to the zoo today with my family and we loved it. The animals were beautiful and roaming around and looked like they loved their homes. However, when we went to eat in the Oak Kitchen the staff wasn't very polite. One was rude when we asked for onion rings and then while we were eating one of the staff members were talking about her 'batty'. Also, the toilets in there were disgusting and made me feel sick after eating. I will not be going in there again! I loved the zoo and most of the… Read Full Review

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“Birthday treat for grandaughter”

Written on: 12/07/2014 by icFletcher2 (1 review written)

my 11year granddaughter really enjoyed her zoo day,feeding the animals cleaning out their stalls and seeing all the animals close up, the whole family also thought the experience very good the animals were in good condition and seemed happy in their surroundings.I have walking difficulties but I hired Scooter for the day which enabled me me to get round with ease I would recommend the use of this facility to anyone with mobility problems. The grounds around the castle were well kept, the only… Read Full Review

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“value for money”

Written on: 21/02/2014 by dribyaj (1 review written)

I had not been to Dudley Zoo for over 20 years,thought I would pay a visit today. Though it cost me around £35 which paid for one adult plus two children and parking, I thought it was well worth the visit. . I found the staff extremely friendly and helpful. Toilets were clean. Generally a very pleasant outing. The minature train ride was included in the price and chair lift, would have been nice if the fun fair had been free too… Read Full Review

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“Not been to this zoo and castle for over 20 years and...”

Written on: 16/09/2012 by Andyref (1 review written)

Not been to this zoo and castle for over 20 years and so we thought we would take a trip on Sat 15th sept 2012 . The sat nav using post code take you to the zoo but not car park so you have to turn around and look for the car park not signed until you go past a curry house down a side rd . Some of the animals and cages were not open and looked like they needed a coat of paint plus the big major problem is at one place the tavern they ran out of food, so we either had to wait for 30 mins or look… Read Full Review

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“Brilliant day out! ”

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… Read Full Review

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“brilliant day out”

Written on: 11/05/2012 by happyfamily (1 review written)

just wanted to write and say we came as a family on bank holiday and really had a great day.Its our 2nd visit but my mums first and she loved it all,we spent all day there and i cannot believe other reviews say there is nothing to see. A zoo day out is what you make it and if you and youre kids are expecting an all singing all dancing place then this is not for you.If you are expecting to have a nice stroll,a picnic and to learn about the animals then you will love Dudley and the fact it has a… Read Full Review

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“Dudley Zoo - our day out. ”

Written on: 31/08/2011

I had not been to visit the zoo for years. The buildings are old and some need refurbishment, but the animals were well cared for and interesting. My grandaughter thoroughly enjoyed herself and although the place was hilly she loved walking and running around. We went on the land train, ideal for me as i can't walk up hills. My grandaughter loved all the animals and her experience was good. I would suggest that some of the young members of staff need to interact with the public more. Two… Read Full Review

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“As an employee of Dudley zoo i am shocked at all of...”

Written on: 14/05/2011

As an employee of Dudley zoo i am shocked at all of the horrible reviews of the park. Many people seem to be very uneducated in the park itself! , unlike west midland safari park and Twycross, Dudley zoo is a CHARITY. we do not recieve any government funding what so ever so people saying " the place looks "shabby" that is because all of our money goes on the hundreds of animals that we house.The only money we recieve is from the public.
And as for this RIDICULOUS claim that the animals looks… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 05/06/2011

Myself, my husband and 3 boys went to Dudley zoo for the day yesterday. We had a fantastic time and I'm really surprised at how many bad reviews the zoo has. The setting was really pretty and there were lots of animals to see and interact with. Reviews that I have read have moaned about the car park being behind shops. I can't see what the problem with that is. Also, there is lots of criticism regarding the buildings etc. Again...who cares as long as the animals are well cared or which they clearly are. I am glad that we weren't put off our visit after reading the reviews.

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“We organised a big family outing to the zoo and what a...”

Written on: 30/04/2011

We organised a big family outing to the zoo and what a huge disapointment it was. there were barely anything to see. The animals looked depressed and the petting zoo which was the main reason for going had nearly nothing there and the two zoo keepers that were on "duty" seemed offended that we bring our 3 year old daughter to see the baby animals. We had barley been in there 5 mins when they announced they were closing up early. the food was terribly disapointing we all felt a big sick after… Read Full Review

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“My husband and i took our son to dudley zoo today and...”

Written on: 19/02/2011

My husband and i took our son to dudley zoo today and quite frankly i wish that we hadnt bothered. In fact it was so bad that we stayed only for an hour. To be honest i shed a tear tonight thinking of those poor animals that are housed in there. I have never been to a zoo or wildlife park that needed so much work doing to it that i think that it would be best just to bulldoze the lot and start again. Whoever owns dudley zoo should be ashamed of themselves… Read Full Review

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“I think Dudley Zoo gets a bad press, mainly because of...”

Written on: 06/10/2010

I think Dudley Zoo gets a bad press, mainly because of the Tecton Buildings which tend to give it a rather sombre look rather than being appealing. Some animals weren't visible, but it was fairly cold and they were probably resting up!

On the plus side, the otters and the monkey enclosure was amazing! I was a bit worried because a couple jumped onto my mobility scooter and tried to rummage in the basket on the front but the keeper gently persuaded them to get off. Otters were gorgeous and… Read Full Review

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“We took a large group of home educating families there...”

Written on: 02/10/2010

We took a large group of home educating families there yesterday and have to say how utterly brilliant it was! We have been to Chester Zoo twice but rate Dudley far more highly. There is a Monkey Zone that has Goeldis, Saki faced and Squirrel monkeys (with babies) which are able to approach you as you walk through which makes it so much more interactive and memorable. Besides this is a wallaby walk through and best of all, in my opinion, is the Lemur Wood which houses the most amazing… Read Full Review

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“Went to this zoo yesterday, what an awful place.This...”

Written on: 09/09/2010

Went to this zoo yesterday, what an awful place.This is no place to keep animals, they should be relocated to other zoos.The containments for the animals are far to small and there is nothing for the animals to do.The poor giraffe was desperately trying to reach greenery to eat, straining over the fencing to try to reach low growing shrubs, there was nothing for the animal to eat. The bear, tiger and orang -outang looked very depressed, just sitting and staring in unsuitable accommodation. The… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 27/09/2011

I agree that this zoo should be closed down. Animals in very small enclosures, caged up birds that have barely room to fly. Don't get fooled by the charity status. By the way, you will be asked for a donation upon entering. If you want to give a donation then please wait until you have walked around. Very few of the animals contained in the zoo are in threat of extinction. I left feeling extremely depressed from my visit.

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“Dudley Zoo was a big part of my childhood being the...”

Written on: 17/08/2010

Dudley Zoo was a big part of my childhood being the place we visited once a year as our summer treat, so my cousin and I decided to revisit it and try and revive some childhood memories. It certainly did that as I don't think anything has changed in over 40 years! The paint work is filthy, the enclosures are cramped and unsuitable for large animals and in the 2 hours we were there we saw 2 members of staff actually working!
A lot of the animals were no-where to be seen without any explanation… Read Full Review

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“I went to Dudley Zoo for the first time when a was...”

Written on: 28/07/2010

I went to Dudley Zoo for the first time when a was about 9 or 10 years old and I ended up so upset that we didn't even walk all the way around the zoo. Although I was only a young child at the time I was still more than aware that the zoo was dirty, poorly maintained and the animal's enclosures left a great deal to be desired. I distinctly remember looking into a concrete pit at the penguins and becoming increasingly upset when I noticed that their water supply had dried out and had clearly… Read Full Review

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“Dudley Zoo seems to gain a lot of flack, which i...”

Written on: 26/07/2010

Dudley Zoo seems to gain a lot of flack, which i personally think is undeserved for the most part.
Firstly, some very important things that you need to bear in mind when going to this particular zoo:
1. In line with the castle part of the attraction, as with most castles being located on hills, just because Dudley has a zoo in the same recreational vicinity, doesn't make the topography any more 'user friendly'. While it offers a good work out, it isn't the most easily accessible place if you… Read Full Review

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