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Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary

Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal SanctuaryThorpe Farm Centre
Barnard Castle
DL12 9TY
Telephone: 01768 866657


Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary now known as Wetheriggs Animal Rescue is a small family run zoo and rescue centre near Penrith in Cumbria.

We have lots to see including Alpacas, Donkeys, Goats, Reptiles, Bats, Raccoons, Meerkats, Foxes, Skunks, free flying Macaws, Chickens, Pigs, Vulture, Owls and much more.

There is an adventure playground on site for the kids and a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks and cakes.

The zoo is situated on the old Wetheriggs Pottery site allowing visitors to see some of the old machinery used including the original steam engine and blunger and the original beehive kiln.

During all public school holidays we offer various animal encounters and handling experiences including Red Squirrel encounters and reptile handling. We are always happy to get animals out for visitors throughout the year when possible.

Bags of animal feed can be purchased from the main entrance to make the experience even more fun and allows you to get up close with some of the animals.

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It may be worth checking out Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.


We do strongly suggest you contact Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Details:
Opening Again At New Premises Shortly!
1st April to 31st October 10am to 5pm
1st November to 31st March 10am to 4pm


"I'm hungry"

Wetheriggs Zoo has a large on site cafe open all year round offering a range of hot and cold food, hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks. Seating inside and outside. Picnic area outside only.

"Can I have one of those?"

Gift shop on site offering a wide range of gifts, children’s toys, high quality plush toys, chutneys and preserves, pottery items, greeting cards, hand crafted items.

"i need a wee"

Toilets on site including disabled toilet and baby changing area.

and baby come too...

We are able to warm milk in the cafe.


"are we there yet?"

Wetheriggs Zoo is close to the A6. Coming from the south you will see Wetheriggs signposted shortly after driving through Hackthorpe. Coming from the north you will see it signposted shortly after driving through Eamont Bridge. From the M6 south take the Shap exit (Jn 39) and continue North. From the M6 north come of at the Penrith exit (Jn 40) then follow signs for A66 east until the second roundabout then A6 Shap.

...got any top tips?

Wetheriggs Zoo is wheelchair accessible and the majority of the centre is solid footpaths with a small amount being on slightly softer ground. We recommend wearing clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty or wet as most of the centre is outside.

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:
Adults: £3.50
Children (3 to 15): £2.50
Children under 3: free
Family: £10 (for 2 adults and 4 children)


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Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal SanctuaryThorpe Farm Centre
Barnard Castle
DL12 9TY
Telephone: 01768 866657