Drusillas Zoo Park
Alfriston Road, Polegate, East Sussex BN26 5QS
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Open every day of the year except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Summer opening is from 10am with last admissions at 5pm. Winter opening is from 10am with last admissions at 4pm.
10 reviews of Drusillas Zoo Park in English
A charming place full of families, user friendly animal exhibits, small mammals, decent food and fair prices. A lovely day out near the South Downs, really lovely. I’d suggest that once you’ve finished you hit the Tiger at East Dean and/or the Birling Gap. Killer South Downs day-trip sorted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you are looking for a fun day out with the kids then look no further, Drusillas park is jam packed full of amazing animals including meerkats and lemurs that are so much fun to watch. There is a fantastic play area for kids of all ages and a special indoor area for little ones. Plenty of refreshments and cafe/restaurant facilities too which have a good selection of food available and cater for all ages/dietary requirements. A thomas the tank engine train takes you on a journey all around the park and little ones will love seeing the views of the park from the train. After an enjoyable day you can drop by at the shop and buy all kinds of great gifts and souvenirs to remind you of your great day out at Drusillas Park .
Love it! Great day out for the family. It mixes zoo with adventure playground. Plenty of stuff to do for little ones. Always very difficult to pull my 4 year old away from here.
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Absolutely fantastic place!! Loved it when I myself was a kid and now my children love it too. It retains the seem feel but has even more to offer. We go there every time we are visiting family in the area and have a great day out. It’s expensive but reasonable considering what they have to offer (although those of you who collect Tesco vouchers can cut the cost considerably).
Firstly the zoo is great. No large animals but still a great variety, well laid out and lots to see. Walk round in the afternoon and see the penguins being fed. There is a brilliant lemur walk that is quite new where you can go and be in the enclosure with them. You have to stay on the designated path obviously but there is nothing between you and them.
The play areas are fantastic both indoors and out and should keep your toddlers or older child entertained and happy for ages. Most things are free once you’re in but you can pay a bit more and do panning for gold, digging for dinosaur bones or scale the heights of the inflatable penguin plunge. There is also an outdoor lagoon area so don’t forget to bring your child’s swimming costume and towel if going on a hot day, I can guarantee they will want to go in! A Thomas the Tank Engine train ride runs throughout the day as well and is always worth a ride, no extra cost.
I don’t think I have really scraped the surface but recommend you go and see for yourself. The staff are excellent too and clearly enjoy their job. Have a great day!
Great day out for the whole family. Lots of rare and exciting animals. Activities for the children to do as you walk round from toddler to teen. Lots of outdoor play parks with amazing slides and roundabouts. The best bit was the working Thomas the Tank Engine Train. Restaurants were all clean with baby changing facilities and trolley parks. Food was good quality and not expensive. All round good day out.
This is a great kids’ zoo. Everything is within a short walk from the last thing to see so they don’t get tired and whiney and you actually get to see most of the animals (they’re not all hidden from view down the back end of a field or in their little houses !). The interactive and up close bits are great - like walking through the bat house or going through the meerkats’ tunnel and popping your head up in the middle of their enclosure ! It’s quite pricey but you do get a full day out and if you’re a cheapskate you can use your Tesco clubcard vouchers to get in for cheaper !!! Lots of extras like play areas, a paddling pool, little train etc to keep it interesting. A full day out.
Quite a good day out, worth becoming a member due to increased prices. Plenty to keep all kids of various ages amused, whatever the weather. Play areas of a very good standard, although become in danger of overpowering the zoo. optional extra play games require paying for, food averagely priced for a venue such as this. Very busy peak season and in summer holidays.
Thought it might be an expensive 'Small Zoo’ before we went but it is worth every penny. It is more than a good day out with plenty to keep the children and adults amused, educated & occupied. In fact a day wasn’t long enough.
There is a planned route to make sure you don’t miss anything or you can meander as you wish. The zoo has a good selection of small animals, birds etc. The enclosures have plenty of space and effort has been made to create natural environments. There is plenty of interactive information on the way round to keep everyones interest. You are able to stroke some of the animals, get involved with feeding times and adopt one if you wish !!
In addition there is Thomas the Tank engine railway, indoor & outdoor adventure play areas and tons of other things. Do look at their website as it gives detailed information of Whats On, plus prices etc. To be honest we probably didn’t see a fraction of what is available although we had a really full day.
The most surprising thing was the restaurant. The food was good quality and very reasonably priced, unusual in a place like this. The serving area & cash desk were a bit chaotic but we managed. There is plenty of picnic area if you want to take your own food and it is easy to get back to the car to collect it.
The gift shops have a good selection of children’s clothes, toys batteries, sweets, souvenirs etc. including a huge amount of Thomas the Tank merchandise. All reasonably priced.
Forgot to say that the Cashier when we went in was really helpful as we had a variety of ages and abilities in the party (2 to 91) and she worked out the cheapest admission price for us.
We had a fantastic day right to the end when we got soaking wet jumping on the Lily pads !!!
Drusillas is probably the closest thing we have to a traditional zoo locally. Admission is fairly steep but no worse than other similar attractions. If you live locally and are likely to come back then it’s worth paying a little bit more and getting an annual membership (you’ll need to bring a photo with you).
So what do they have there? They have llamas, flamingos, a bug house, bats, penguins, meerkats, lemurs, servals and lots more besides and almost every exhibit has strong educational support to explain to kids about each animal.
The recently updated adventure playground is worth the admission fee alone and the food available is fairly reasonably priced although there is a picnic area if you want to bring your own grub
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