Tuesday 12 January 2016

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park

For one of my besties' birthday we decided to surprise her with a trip to the zoo! Actually Longleat is more than just a normal zoo - it's a "Safari and Adventure Park".

Longleat Safari Park was the first drive-through safari park outside of Africa when it opened in 1966. It is home to over 500 animals in a number of different reserves…

 Giraffes are one of my favourites - so gangerly and elegant at the same time!

Some of which you walk through, like ‘Lemur Walkthrough’ ...

and ‘Wallaby Wood’ 

and the always-adorable penguins

Others you stay in your car and drive through, including  'Tiger Territory', ‘The Elephants’ and ‘Big Game Park’ - including oryx, rhinos, ostriches, camels, antelope and deer

'Lion Country'

‘Flamingo Valley’

and ‘Monkey Jungle’ where the occupants have no fear about getting close!

You're warned before taking your car in that the monkeys will climb on and potentially pull things off!

But I was also childishly excited about the current dinosaur invasion!

There are 20 life-sized dinosaurs in the grounds - including Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Pteranodon, Megalosaurus and the king of dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurus Rex - 8 metres long!

Longleat is also well known for it’s Elizabethan country house and gardens. This stately home was the first one in Britain to be commercially opened to the public in 1949. This house is home to the 7th Marquess of Bath.

We stopped in the conservatory for lunch and then wandered through the gardens and house maze,

Before taking in a tour of the house with lots of grand rooms.

Heading home we passed by another large UK tourist attraction!

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