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Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary

"what are we doing today?"

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.

"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.

Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary
Thorpe Farm Centre
Barnard Castle
DL12 9TY
Telephone: 01768 866657
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Admission: 2016 Prices:
Adults: £3.50
Children (3 to 15): £2.50
Children under 3: free
Family: £10 (for 2 adults and 4 children)
  Opening Times: 2016 Opening Details:
Opening Again At New Premises Shortly!
1st April to 31st October 10am to 5pm
1st November to 31st March 10am to 4pm

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