A Family Visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park

A Family Visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park

At the weekend we visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Park for the very first time. I had heard some excellent reviews of the zoo and wanted to try it out for myself.

The tickets for the Yorkshire Wildlife Park are extremely reasonable and much cheaper than many other zoos. By booking in advance, you will save a few extra pennies too! An adult ticket costs £16.00 – £18.00 and a child’s ticket £14.00 – £15.00. To see the latest ticket prices, see the website for more details.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Our Thoughts

Whenever we visit a zoo or wildlife park, our first consideration is the welfare of the animals. We have been to some places in the past where the enclosures are far from perfect. Yorkshire Wildlife Park clearly puts the welfare of its animals first.

Their residents are kept in huge enclosures (that don’t look like enclosures at all). Fences are kept to a minimum. This not only enhances the visitors’ experience but most importantly feels more natural for the animals. The wildlife park is located in a huge woodland so trees and natural greenery surrounds the attraction. Some of the enclosures are open for the public to walk through – such as the Lemur Wood, the South American Viva and Wallaby Walkway.

Park Map

The park is rather large covering 70 acres. It is worth figuring out on the map which routes you will be taking on arrival!


There are plenty of toilets located throughout the park. There are a number of playgrounds and indoor play areas for children. We let Aurelia play in the ‘Jungle Lookout’ for half an hour – it is a huge playground! Perhaps the best playground we have ever seen. I’m sure Aurelia could have spent a full day on this playground alone.

Jungle Lookout

You will find ample picnic benches and seating areas throughout the park. The gift shops and eateries are reasonably priced too.

The Animals

Here are some pictures of our favourite animals.


The baby baboons were especially adorable.


We were fortunate enough to see the lions just before they were fed. The roars coming from these beautiful creatures were terrifyingly loud.

Polar Bears

We were particularly excited to see the polar bears as none of us had ever seen one before. Their enclosure was absolutely huge!


The Tigers were sunbathing. Even from quite a distance away, they looked huge! They only stirred when they heard the keeper preparing their food


We had a close up encounter with the giraffes at the ‘Giraffe crossing’. This is a road which the giraffes cross to get from one enclosure to the next!

Into Africa

Animals in this enclosure include Zebras, Rhinos and Kafue Flats Lechwe



These fury little animals are so cute! Aurelia spent ages watching them run up and down the trees.


Lemur Woods

Being able to walk through the Lemur Woods enclosure allows visitors to get up close and personal with the lemurs. These playful creatures are totally unphased by the presence of humans. In fact, I think this little fellow was posing for the camera!


South American Viva

Walking through the South American Viva enclosure, we encountered Squirrel Monkeys and Maras sunbathing.

Wallaby Walkabout

Wallabys jump along the paths in the Wallaby Walkabout enclosure. My daughters adored the Joeys. They counted the Joeys popping out of their mothers’ pouches.

We would highly recommend a visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park if you’re looking for a fabulous fun family day out!



  1. March 15, 2019 / 10:14 pm

    Your pictures are amazing. This looks like a wonderful day out!

  2. Michelle
    March 16, 2019 / 1:12 am

    Your pictures are amazing!! I love the polar bears. ?

  3. Thesacredspaceap
    March 16, 2019 / 5:13 am

    I have never been here but I am so glad I read this post! The photos you took are incredible, so professional! I am looking for somewhere to go for my daughters 2nd birthday and this looks like it could be perfect!
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    • March 18, 2019 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I hope your daughter has a fab birthday!xxx

  4. Kim
    March 16, 2019 / 10:15 pm

    This looks like a great wildlife park and I’ll make sure to pay a visit the next time I’m up that way. I love the polar bears – I’ve never seen them in real life before.

    • March 18, 2019 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you for reading xxx

  5. March 17, 2019 / 4:14 am

    The Yorkshire Wildlife Park looks really neat! I love that there are a lot of different animals there. All of the animals, especially the lion and tiger looked so majestic. Glad you and your family had fun!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • March 18, 2019 / 9:54 pm

      Thank you Nancy. It’s an amazing place!xxx

  6. March 19, 2019 / 8:32 am

    I love a good Zoo, I live down South and Zoo’s are pretty expensive. I’m planning a trip round the Yorkshire area and will be putting this on my list – I love a good zoo and this looks great!xo

    • Lellalee
      March 21, 2019 / 10:53 pm

      I’m so glad you found the post helpful – it is an awesome zoo! xxx

  7. janice sisemore
    March 25, 2019 / 1:25 pm

    Looks like a fun place. Love the pictures.

    • Lellalee
      March 25, 2019 / 1:44 pm

      Thank you lovely xxx

    • Lellalee
      March 27, 2019 / 10:48 pm

      Thank you so much xxx

  8. Extracts of Alex
    April 1, 2019 / 10:15 am

    I’ve lived in the UK for 23 years and can’t believe I’ve never know about this! This place looks so much fun and it’s only 2 hours from where I live. So much nature and great for a friend/family trip. How long did you spend there?

    • Lellalee
      April 1, 2019 / 8:09 pm

      We arrived at 10am and didn’t leave until closing – I think was 5pm. We could have stayed much longer – it’s a wonderful hidden gem!xxx

  9. Anonymous
    April 3, 2019 / 9:58 am

    I absolutely love Yorkshire Wildlife Park! There are only two places that myself and my partner visit regularly. Chester Zoo and YWP! Both put the animal welfare first! It’s great to see others loving it as much as we do, and it’s not that far from Manchester!

    • Lellalee
      April 3, 2019 / 8:34 pm

      We love Chester zoo too! YWP is truly a hidden gem! xxx

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