Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
Shepreth Wildlife Park is ideally located right next door to the railway station so if you decide to come by train it is a two minute walk, if you decide to come by car there is ample parking right outside.
The park doesn’t take up a massive area but it’s packed with things to see and do for children and adults alike. For the children there is an adventure playground, trampoline and soft play but the main attraction is the animals. Shepreth began life as an animal sanctuary and so there are plenty of rare and unusual breeds to look at many that we haven’t seen before. Just a few of the highlights are tigers, red panda’s and otters. The pens are set up so that you can see the animals really clearly, it’s certainly the closest I have got to a tiger. The pens are all clean and well-kept and there are plenty of staff on hand to answer questions.
The nocturnal house was excellent with bats flying freely round the room, some of the children initially found it a little scary but it was a fabulous way to see nature up close. Bunny Land was also a great idea. It was nice to see rabbits in their natural habitat, allowed to burrow and roam around instead of in small cages.
There is a large café area with soft play for over fives, toddlers have a separate soft play elsewhere, and the food is very good value and looked excellent quality. Definitely not the high prices you get elsewhere. The exit is through the shop and to one side is the separate bug and water world, included in the main entrance fee. It is a small area but has some interesting specimens such as the world’s second largest spider, so is well worth a look.
The one slight criticism I have is that you have to pay extra for the train ride and a couple of the other small rides, I feel that these should be included in the entrance fee.
Apart from that we had a very enjoyable day and can thoroughly recommend a visit to Shepreth Wildlife Park whatever your age.
Tickets cost from £9.95 to £11.95
For more information or to book tickets visit www.sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk.
Shepreth Wildlife Park, Station Rd, Shepreth, Herts, SG8 6PZ | 01763 26 22 26