Woburn Safari Park Days Out Review

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In a nutshell

Woburn Safari park is part road safari, part foot safari. It is quite expensive for what it is, but we and our children thoroughly enjoyed our day out. The road safari in particular offered some truly magical moments up close and personal with the animals.
Fun for kids
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Fun for parents
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Worth the money
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Facilities
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Family friendliness
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Pros: Fantastic road safari which you can circuit as many times as you like; huge soft play area, fun all-weather activity, foot safari is easy to get around with young children.
Cons: Pricey tickets, uninspiring food options, soft play café ran out of food, disappointing sea lion show.

COVID-19 safety update

Some facilities and attractions may be closed or restricted this year, due to COVID-19 – and there may be extra safety rules, pre-booking requirements or one-way systems in place. Please check Wolburn Safari Park’s website before travelling or booking.

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When we visited:

We visited Woburn Safari Park on an extremely hot and sunny day in July

What age is Woburn Safari Park best for?

Best for: Children aged 3-8

Still good fun for: Older children (9+) right up to adults who like animals!

How much does it cost in 2018?

  • Gate prices: Adults £24.99, children 17.99
  • Online prices: Adults £23.99, children £16.99
  • Family saver tickets (online only): Family of 3 £54.99, family of 4 £78.99, family of 5 £94.99
  • You can also buy an all-inclusive ticket which includes entry to the park, guidebook, sealion show, water, a meal and drink

Are there discounts or cheap tickets available for Woburn Safari Park?

You can use Tesco clubcard vouchers to buy your tickets, and look out for special discounts on Picniq.

Any extra charges once I’m there?

Tickets to the sealion show are an extra £2 per person, but having seen some great shows at similar attractions, we were disappointed. We found the show short and unimpressive, and it was followed by a short and seemingly unrelated 3D movie about a boy discovering he is part Big Foot. We wouldn’t recommend it.

How long will we spend at Woburn Safari Park?

This would be a full day out, which would comfortably give you time to go around the road safari more than once (which we would highly recommend) and see everything in the zoo. Each time we went around the road safari it took around an hour, but the time seemed to fly by. The speed at which you can get around is largely dependent on other cars stopping and animals deciding to block the road. Therefore, I wouldn’t recommend entering it if you are in a hurry.

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What does Woburn Safari Park offer for families?

There are over 80 species of animals to see at Woburn Safari Park. Leave plenty of time to enjoy spotting them all, as a day out here includes unlimited repeat circuits of the road safari drive through animal reserves, plus the foot safari with a daily program of keeper talks and demonstrations. The road safari was definitely the highlight for us and well worth planning for multiple circuits as we saw different things each time we went round.

What shouldn’t be missed?

Highlights for our family were:

  • Entering the road safari and spotting a rhino in the distance immediately caused a ripple of magical excitement throughout the car
  • We felt like we were in another world as a herd of giraffes crosses the road in front of our car and paused to look through the window.
  • The road safari gives you and your family a place to escape the weather and still have fun. On our visit the issue was the heat, but it would also work for cold weather and probably even the rain
  • Walking among the lemurs on the foot safari and encountering some cheeky new friends!

What was the foot safari like?

Compared to the road safari the foot safari was relatively small with much less to see, and some of the areas looked a little tired. Our highlight of the foot safari was definitely the lemur enclosure, where you get to walk through among the lemurs. They are very inquisitive and playful creatures, and one particularly cheeky black footed lemur leapt into my husband’s back carrier searching for food, much to the joy and excitement of our children and many others.

What else is there to do once you’ve seen the animals?

There is a small outdoor play area suitable for younger children and a large indoor soft play which the kids loved. Also included in the price of your ticket are swan boat pedalos and a train ride. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try either of these as the queue for the pedalos was large and the train was broken on the day of our visit.

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What you need to know before you go

  • Book your tickets in advance as it is cheaper
  • Learn some facts about some of the animals you will see on the road safari at home – there is nothing to read as you go around and you can entertain your kids with your impressive knowledge
  • We were unimpressed by the cafes so would recommend bringing your own lunch. By 4pm the café in the soft play had run out of most food options on our visit, so we had to make alternative plans for the kids’ dinner
  • If you are very car proud this might not be the best day out for you, as the animals do come up to your car and can cause damage. This is not just limited to the cheeky monkeys as our wing mirror was given a firm nuzzle by a passing water buffalo
  • Long sleeves, trousers and socks must be worn on the red and blue slides in the Mammoth Play Ark soft play area at all times. Height restrictions also apply – 1m for the blue slide and 1.2m for the red slide

Can any cars go on the road safari?

Almost all types, but be aware you can only enter Woburn Safari Park in your own vehicle, and you cannot enter the park on foot.

There is no height or weight restriction on vehicles, but if you have a soft top convertible then you will not be able to enjoy all the areas of the road safari (in case the carnivores fancy a snack!).

What to bring?

Snacks! The real draw of Woburn is the road safari, meaning you will be spending quite prolonged periods in the car (each circuit took us around an hour). Although you can take routes to shorten the circuit it is not easy to abandon a route once you have begun. Therefore bring plenty of snacks, or perhaps entertainment such as crayons to keep the kids happy in the car if they are prone to getting bored.

What are the food and drink facilities like?

There several different places to eat, but we felt the food was uninspiring and overpriced for what it was so would recommend bringing your own. We ate lunch at the main restaurant which was fine. Later we attempted to get the kids some pizza at the Mammoth Play Ark, but they had largely sold out of food by 4pm. There several other cafes dotted around selling standard fare.

Can you take a picnic?

There were some lovely places to sit and have a picnic around the lake, which could be a great option on a sunny day, but there were also covered picnic areas if the weather leaves much to be desired.

What are the toilets like?

There are plenty of loos scattered throughout the park, all of which appear to have baby change facilities. Be aware that if you arrive after a long drive needing the toilet, there are none at the entrance, so you’ll need to park up at the foot safari to use the loos there.

Was it pushchair friendly?

The car is easy and the foot safari is quite small and easy to navigate with a pushchair. There were some areas such as the lemur enclosure where you couldn’t take a pushchair and there were quite steep steps down to the sealion show should you choose to do it.

Opening dates and times:

Till 14 October, the park is open daily from 10am to 5pm, closing at 6pm

Best time to visit Woburn Safari Park:

The park is quietest on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Saturday 10-12pm is the busiest time to visit.

How to get to Woburn Safari Park:

Woburn Safari Park is in Milton Keynes (approximately one hour’s drive from London, Oxford, Cambridge and Birmingham).

  • We drove there and it is easy to navigate to and well signposted once you get close. The best satnav postcode depends on where you’re approaching from (there are two entrances)
  • From J13 of the M1: follow signs to Woburn Safari Park and use MK17 9QN for the entrance gate on High Street in Ridgmont
  • From the A5: follow signs to Woburn village – Woburn Safari Park is signposted. Use the postcode MK43 0XB for the entrance gate on Turnpike Road, Husborne Crawley

Do you have to pay for parking?

No – parking is ample and free in the foot safari area.

Worth a long car journey?

It took us an hour to get there and I personally would not recommend travelling much further than that as you will also be spending a lot of the day in the car even after you arrive.

Which hotels or holiday accommodation are near Woburn Safari Park?

Nearby attractions for a longer day out:

If your children can’t get enough of animals, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is a 30-minute drive away, and if they’re acting like little monkeys they can burn off some energy at Go Ape Woburn. Nearby, Woburn Abbey and Gardens is home to 1,200 deer and a rather nice-looking tea room.

MFM verdict:

It was a fun day out with some truly magical moments during the road safari but this wasn’t our favourite animal experience in the UK and the cost of entry was relatively high.

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Intro to me:

We are a family of 5 with 3 children aged 5, 3 and 9 months.