Longleat Safari Park
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park
Set within gorgeous grounds spanning 9,000 acres and containing more than 500 animals, Longleat Safari Park makes for an exciting day out for people of all ages. Longleat is the UK’s number 1 safari park and has an impressive collection of species including monkeys, big cats, giraffes, wolves, zebras and many others. As well as Longleat Safari Park, you also have the Main Square from where you can access a whole range other exciting activities and experiences – not to mention of course the majestic Longleat House and Grounds, which you must also take time to explore. There is so much to do during your visit to Longleat Safari and Adventure Park – and it is well worth planning your visit and buying your tickets in advance from the Longleat website.
Visit from 11 November 2016 to 2nd January 2017 and catch the unmissable annual Festival of Light when Longleat will become transformed by Europe’s largest Chinese Lantern Festival. The park will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary so this year’s show promises to be bigger and better than any before!
Longleat Safari Drive Through
The Longleat Safari Drive Through allows you to discover the animals at your leisure and experience exotic species acting just as they would in the wild. Revel in Monkey Mayhem as you navigate your way through the “drive-thru” monkey enclosure and hope they don’t take up residence on your car! Wonder at the Big Game Park and meet Njanu, Marashi, Razina and Ebun – an impressive herd of southern white rhinos. You will also get to see Anne the Elephant rescued from a life in the circus and now retired in a luxury purpose built home. Then move on to Lion and Tiger country where you will get to see the three beautiful female tigers followed by the majestic lions which were the first to arrive at Longleat Safari Park back in 1966 and are still the star attraction. Listen out for the lions roaring, but be aware that they do enjoy an afternoon nap! In the Cheetah Kingdom, you can marvel at the world’s fastest land animal. Catch them in a dash as they may be running at speeds of 70 mph!
African Village and Walking Safari
Explore the African Village on foot, feed giraffes and learn all about these terrifically tall animals. Run across the rope bridge like a real explorer and discover hidden treasures in the baobab tree. You can also get up close and personal with some wide-eyed inquisitive creatures – in the lemur walk through!
There is also an African shop in two rondavel huts which are built around trees! Additionally, the Watering Hole café and restaurant serves a range of delightful dishes both traditional and adventurous! The Watering Hole features traditional African decor and views of the East African game reserve area, with further seating outside.
Longleat Safari Park was the first safari park outside Africa, and continues to be one of the best. With so many different displays and enclosures, you’re sure to enjoy a fun and educational visit as the park is committed to conservation and strives to raise awareness about the declining numbers of species such as the rhino.
The Main Square
As well as the Longleat Safari Park, from the Main Square at Longleat you can discover and explore a whole host of other activities! From Penguin Island to the Gorilla Colony, from the Bat Cave to the Jungle Express - no visit to Longleat Safari and Adventure Park would be complete without experiencing some of the best the park has to offer! With things to be amazed by around every corner, here’s a taste of some of the adventures on offer:
The Jungle Kingdom
The new Jungle Kingdom allows you to (almost!) rub shoulders with some of the world’s weirdest animals - as well as some of the cutest. The Jungle Kingdom for example, is home to rainbow lorikeets – dazzlingly exotic birds for whom nectar is so irresistible they will drink it from your hand!
You will also be delighted to discover that the most iconic animals to stand on two legs have also made this place their home. The meerkats are characteristically cute as they scurry around the rocks and through the caves, stopping only to stand guard and survey their visitors. What’s more, the walkthrough enclosure means you are right there with them!
There is also a colony of cheeky chipmunks and a pair of lovable and friendly anteaters who are always happy to meet new people! Alternatively, for more fluff and frolics than you can shake a banana at, visit the Monkey Temple. But if you grow tired of hanging around, you can always hop aboard the Jungle Cruise and bob along with the sea lions on your way to the Gorilla Colony. But whatever you do, don’t forget to say hello to Nico – the 50-year-old silverback gorilla who has his own island and satellite TV! Finally don’t miss out on visiting Penguin Island which recreates a South American beach so the Humbolt penguins feel right at home.
If you have adventuresome or even mischievous little people in tow, why not take them to the brilliant Adventure Castle. There are bridges, tunnels, nets and swings for them to navigate their way around so hopefully they can wear themselves out a bit while you relax with a coffee! For younger children there’s the Little Explorers Garden – a fantastic play area for the under 5’s with separate play areas inspired by wildlife just waiting to be enjoyed by those little explorers!
The Hedge Maze
Another must see attraction is the Longleat Hedge Maze which is potentially as scary as the lions – even though it doesn’t move! The maze is comprises almost 1 ¾ miles of twisting paths formed by more than 16,000 yews. You’ll be aided only by the occasional bridge which will help you get your bearings, but only while you can remember the route and the way you are facing!
Longleat House & Grounds
To round off your visit to Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, you can walk around Longleat House - the majestic 16th century stately home set within 900 acres (a modest one tenth!) of the Longleat estate. The parklands were expertly landscaped by Capability Brown and despite its impressive size, the building itself only took 12 years to complete.
Longleat House is currently the residence of Alexander Thynn – the 7th Marquess of Bath. The house was the first stately home opened to the public and you can now take a Longleat tour which includes some of the most impressive Elizabethan rooms ever constructed. Longleat House is famous for its libraries and its 40,000 books and the Longleat tour includes the enormous Red Library and the incredible ante-library which features a beautiful Venetian painted ceiling. The tour also includes the Elizabethan Great Hall, the State Dining Room and the banqueting suite.
Where to stay
The Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge is in a great location if you are looking for hotels near Longleat - which is found just 26 miles west of the hotel – and what’s more, this is also one of the closest hotels to the magnificent and mystifying Stonehenge – the enormous ancient standing stones which are undoubtedly worth a trip too if you are in the area. Ideal for couples, family accommodation and group bookings with a wide range of accommodation to choose from, we also boast the well regarded Solstice Bar & Grill if you are in need of a great meal and some well-earned refreshments! Book your stay direct for our lowest internet rate guarantee.