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Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

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Roar Back in Time at Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Just outside the North Devon seaside village of Coombe Martin, this family-owned park promises a full day of wildlife and prehistoric adventures. Get eye to eye with tigers, lemurs and meerkats, walk amongst dinosaurs, and enjoy hands-on experiences across beautiful grounds beside the coast.

With a special blend of exotic animals, animatronic dinosaurs, indoor and outdoor play zones, the charming Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park makes learning about nature and history enthralling for kids of all ages. Here’s how to enjoy an inspiring day out.

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Getting There

Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park sits just inland from Coombe Martin village on the North Devon coast. Leave the A399 following signs into Coombe Martin, then brown tourist signs for the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.

By Car

The most convenient way to visit is driving. The park has ample free parking once you arrive. Simply follow signs from the A399 Ilfracombe to Minehead coast road.

By Bus

Bus service 21 from Barnstaple and Ilfracombe stops in Coombe Martin village. From there it’s just a short walk to the park entrance.

Opening Times and Prices

The park is open daily 10am – 5 or 6pm according to the season between February and November. It offers weekends only openings over the winter or Christmas holidays – check the website for updated times.

Entry prices for Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park are:

  • Adults – £18.99
  • Adult concession – £16.49
  • Kids aged 3-15 – £16.49
  • Wheelchair users – free
  • Under 3s – free

Some experiences like bird of prey encounters incur an additional charge. Online discounts up to 30% off walk-up rates are available. Annual passes cater for locals.

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Wildlife Highlights

Home to over 150 creatures, some animal highlights at the park include:

  • Big cats – Prowling lions, snow leopards and stunning striped white tigers.
  • Monkeys – Mischievous gibbons and cheeky meerkats.
  • Exotic birds – Majestic eagles, burrowing owls and ostentatious peacocks.
  • Reptiles – Giant tortoises, pythons and crocodiles.

With so many incredible species, you’ll want to allow a full day to explore the animal habitats housing creatures from across the continents.

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Walkthrough Enclosures

For an even closer wildlife experience, walkthrough areas let you immerse yourself in certain habitats:

  • Lemur experience – Join the energetic lemurs as they leap around your feet.
  • Wallaby walkabout – Spot wallabies bounding throughout their expansive habitat.
  • Lorikeet landing – Feed nectar to rainbow lorikeets landing on your hand.

Kids especially love adventuring through environments inhabited by lemurs, wallabies and colourful lorikeets up close. It brings the wildlife encounters to life.

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Dinosaur Forest

Beyond exotic creatures, the park’s prehistoric Dinosaur Forest transports you back over 65 million years with life-sized dinosaurs including:

  • Towering brachiosaurus and diplodocus grazing on tree tops.
  • Ferocious triceratops and the king T-rex roaring loudly!
  • Movement and sound effects create a truly immersive Jurassic adventure.
  • Dinosaur-themed play area for kids to excavate and explore.

Children absolutely love walking amongst the towering animatronic dinosaurs in this recreated prehistoric world. It really sparks their imagination and intrigue.

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Shows and Displays

Scheduled shows and keeper talks at Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park you to learn more about the park’s menagerie:

  • Big cat and otter feeding demonstrations.
  • Reptile handling sessions – meet tame snakes and lizards.
  • Bird of prey flying displays showcasing their aerial skills.
  • Keeper talks provide fun facts about meerkats, lemurs, monkeys and more.

Between roaring dinosaurs and feeding lemurs, there’s entertainment around every corner.

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Facilities and Food

The onsite restaurant provides hot and cold dishes, snacks and refreshments. Outdoor picnic benches are available for lunching with a view.

There are a few food options available:

  • The Jungle Hut Cafe as a nice selection of meals and drinks
  • The Meersnax Cafe as some limited hot food, like sausage rolls, pasties and hot dogs etc
  • The Dinosaurus Playzone has hot and cold drinks and ice cream

The gift shop stocks cuddly animal souvenirs, fossils and pocket money dinosaur toys as fun reminders of your day. Baby changing, first aid, lockers and ample parking provided.

With incredible wildlife, towering dinosaurs and activities galore, Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park promises a full day of adventure and discovery to ignite kids’ interests in nature and history.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed at Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park? – No, they dont allow dogs because many of the animals are loose and would be anxious about the presence of a dog

Is the parking free? – Yes, the parking is included in the ticket price. The car park has a fairly steep hill between it an the main receoption. Blue badge holders can park in the car park next to reception.

Other nearby attrations

There are loads of great places to go in this part of North Devon. Try some of these:

  • Milky Way Adventure Park – Top family theme park with over 100 rides and indoor/outdoor attractions from rollercoasters to farm animals.
  • Quince Honey Farm – Watch beekeeping demos, see observation hives and sample delicious local honeys. Kids can dress up as beekeepers.
  • RHS Garden Rosemoor – Fabulous 105 acre gardens with formal/informal planting, specialist collections and peaceful woodland walks.
  • Arlington Court – Elegant Regency mansion that was once home to the Chichester family, set in acres of parkland near Exmoor.
  • Big Sheep – Family attraction with shows, exhibits and sheep races. Opportunity to walk with alpacas and feed lambs.
  • Clovelly – Picturesque ancient fishing village with cobbled streets and whitewashed cottages cascading down a hillside to the harbour.
  • Hartland Abbey – Historic home with ornamental gardens, woodland walks, and medieval monastery ruins in a scenic coastal setting.
  • Tarka Trail – Popular 180 mile cycling and walking trail following Tarka the Otter through beautiful North Devon countryside.
  • Marwood Hill Gardens– Gardens in Barnstaple housing exotic plants. Stone sculptures dotted throughout.
  • Things to do in Barnstaple – Some suggestions for what you can do in Nroth Devon’s largest town

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