There is a dairy farm, wildlife parks, giant tortoises and snow leopards. Alternatively, take a stroll in a nearby park to find squirrels, ducks and nature.
10 miles from Cambridge
Exotic animals like tarantulas, giant tortoises, hornbills, toucans, parrots and snow leopards, Sumatran tigers and zebra. It also has gardens with Tasmanian giant tree ferns and a cafe.
Hadstock Rd, Linton, Cambridge, CB21 4NT
Tel: 01223 891308 firstname.lastname@example.org
Open: Check website as this varies, usually 10:30-4pm/5pm or 6pm in summer holidays.
Admission: Adult £9.00, child £6.50
Getting there: Bus – 45 minutes. Bus X13 to Linton, walk 15 mins. Car – 23 minutes (10 miles)
Shepreth Wildlife Park
8 miles from Cambridge
This includes lemurs, meerkats and a tiger. See the waterworld, nocturnal house, farm animals and wolves. Take a walk through bunny land. There are regular feeding sessions and a birds of prey display. There is also a cafe, a playground with a pirate ship and a bug city world. It is handy to get to by train.
Willersmill, Station Road, Shepreth, SG8 6PZ
Tel: 01763 262226
Open: 10am-5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm) in Summer, 10am-4pm Winter (last entry one hour before)
Admission: Wildlife park only – Adults £11.95, Children £9.95 (<2 yrs free)
Getting there: Car – off A10 between Cambridge and Royston, or the train to Shepreth (it’s right by the station)
Hamerton Zoo Park
30 miles from Cambridge
See the cheetah, owls, white tiger and monkeys at this Park near Sawston. There are two play areas, babies and toddlers and older kids and covered picnic areas. A cafe and shop. The stroll-a-safari allows you to get up close to the animals.
Hamerton, Sawtry PE28 5RE
Tel: 01832 293362
Open: 10.00am – 5.30pm in the summer and 10.00am – 4pm in the winter. Times change with the clocks. Admission: Adults – £13.99, Children – £8.99 (3 to 12, under 3s are free)
Getting there: Car 1 hour (30 miles) via A14 to Huntingdon.
Boydells Dairy Farm
30 miles from Cambridge
A small working farm run by the Treadgold family, specialising in sheep milking. It has hens and even llamas. You can take a guided tour and even try milking a cow or sheep. You can also ride a donkey cart.
Wethersfield, Braintree, Essex CM7 4AQ
Tel: 01371 850481
Open: 2 – 5pm Fri, Sat and Sun and Bank Holidays from 1st April to 3rd September. CAROLS IN THE COWSHED – Sunday after Boxing Day (31st December 2017) 2-30pm
Admission: Adults £6.00, Child £5.00
Getting there: Bus/Train – 3 hours. Train to Stansted Airport, Bus 133 to Braintree, Bus 10 to Shalford, Boydells . Car – 1 hour (30 miles)
The Raptor Foundation
20 miles from Cambridge
The foundation provides sanctuary, care and rehabilitation for birds. Here you will find many species of raptors. There is a tea room, pond, shop, exhibition and play area. The place runs experience days like the falconry day and hawk walk, as well as photography activities.
The Heath, St Ives Road, Woodhurst, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 3BT
Tel: 01487 741140
Open: 10:00 – 5.00pm in summer, Mid October to Mid February (Winter) – 10.00am – 4.00 pm
Raptor Flying Display Times: Summer – 12, 2 & 4pm; Winter – 12 & 2pm -check website for details.
Admission: Adult £7.70, Child £4.70 (under 4s free)
Getting there: Bus – 1 hour 10 minutes. Busway A to Wytoon Airfield, Bus 30 to Old Hurst, Bus 22 to Woodhurst. Car – 45 minutes (20 miles).
Wood Green Animal Shelter
17 miles from Cambridge
Provides Shelter and care for up to 6,000 domestic animals every year. Set in 52 acres of countryside. Some larger breeds such as llamas and deer are permanent residents. There are weekend events and a cafe. Visitors are welcome to the shop and cafe but access to the kennels is restricted to those who are genuinely looking to rehome a dog. There are regular events so it is worth looking at the website.
London Road, Godmanchester, Cambs. PE29 2NH
Tel: 08701 90 40 90
Open:Coffee shop open 9.30am – 3pm every day.
Getting there: Train – 1 hour, Huntingdon nearest (10 minutes by taxi). Car – 35 minutes (17 miles).
Further Afield –
50 miles from Cambridge
Over 2000 animals in nearly 50 acres of park and gardens. Cafe and visitor centre. Zebras, giraffes, Leopards, monkeys, penguins and birds. Also a Skytrek activity.
Kenninghall Road, Banham,
Norfolk NR16 2HE
Tel: 01953 887771
Open: Daily from 9:30am. Oct-mar last admission is 3pm (closes 4pm); Mar to July – last admission 4pm; July & Aug 5pm.
Admission: Peak days Adult £19, Out of season £15, Child £13.55, out of season £10.85. Under 3s free.
Getting there: Bus/Train -not really accessible, closest Train is Norwich, 1 hour to Norwich, 1 hour by Bus 10A at least from Norwich to Banham. Car – 1 hour 30 minutes (50 miles)
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