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Dartmoor Zoo

About us

In 2014, the Mee family kindly donated Dartmoor Zoological Park to ‘Dartmoor Zoological Society’, a charity specially created for the purpose and registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales under registration number 1158422.

The charity is responsible for the care of the animal collection as well as our conservation, breeding and research projects.

The charity is completely reliant on ticket income, donations and purchases to keep the vital work going. Therefore, whilst we are still the beloved home of the ‘We Bought a Zoo’ story, a new story led by the charity is developing.

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  • Gift Shop


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Including Ice Cream Kiosk
  • Picnic Site
  • Restaurant

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children - Outdoor Play area, Play bus

Establishment Features

  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for groups
  • Coach drop-off point
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Open All Year
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • Celebrity connection
  • Film or TV location
  • Forest Location
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Smoking Some Areas

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On-Site Coach Parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking On Site

Payment Methods

  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Groups

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Min group size numeric qualifier - +15
  • Packed lunches available
  • Room/unit allocations available
  • Wi-fi available


Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car

If you are arriving from the A38, take the Deep Lane turn off signed for Plympton, follow the signs for 'Wildlife Park' from the roundabout at Chaddlewood. This will take you past Langage Business Park to Sparkwell village which we are just on the far side of. If you are arriving from Plympton, continue on the B3416 towards the Chaddlewood roundabout, then continue straight on towards Sparkwell village. Once you get to Sparkwell, drive through the village and you'll find us approximately 300 yards on your left. 

By Bus

Bus services are usually reliable. Please note that the type of bus used by Target Travel for this route is the small type with a small staircase up to the driver. Parents travelling on their own may find it difficult to get their push chair onto the bus without help. Route 59 operates from Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays). There is no service on Sundays. The 59 leaves Royal Parade (stop A8) in Plymouth City Centre, takes around 30 minutes and stops at our main gate.

By train

UK national train service

The closest national train station is at Plymouth.

There is a direct service from London Paddington to Plymouth, which takes approximately 3 hours. From the NorthEast there is a direct train service from Edinburgh. From the West you can change at Birmingham or Bristol for the Plymouth line.

Plymouth Railway Station is approximately 0.5 mile to the Royal Parade for the number 59 bus stop.

Alternatively there is a good taxi service directly outside the station.

Local train service

The closest local train station is at Ivybridge.

There is a good taxi service which can take you to the Zoo.


There is free parking adjacent to the main entrance.

Disabled parking facilities are available outside the Jaguar Restaurant at the top of the drive.

Should you wish to make use of disabled parking, please pay at the main gate before proceeding to the top of the drive.

Opening Times

open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Winter Season (Nov – April) 10am – 4pm
Summer Season (April – Nov) 10am – 6pm

Closed Christmas Day

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