Longleat House and Safari Park

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Longleat Safari Park, in Wiltshire, England was opened in 1966.

Longleat Safari Park was the first drive-through safari park outside of Africa. The park is situated in the grounds of Longleat House, the home of the 7th Marquess of Bath and a tourist attraction in its own right.

The safari park was the first of its kind anywhere in the world and was considered to be a massive breakthrough in the way in which captive animals were kept, with the animals roaming freely and the visitors in cages (cars).

Today Longleat's collection comprises over 500 animals, and the whole estate is situated on 9,000 acres (36.42 km2) of Wiltshire countryside.

The estate is open to the public with the various attractions being individually priced. A 'passport' ticket providing one admission to each attraction is available at a discount.

Other attractions:

* Longleat House
* Garden and grounds
* Lord Bath's murals
* Safari boat trip
* Old Joe's mine
* Motion simulators
* Butterfly garden
* Hedge maze
* Postman Pat village
* Adventure castle
* Blue Peter maze
* King Arthur's mirror maze
* The life and times of Henry, Lord Bath
* Family Bygones
* Mystical gardens
* Stars of Animal Park Exhibition

Safari Boat Trip:

The Safari Boat trip involves taking a short cruise around the park's lake, which houses a large family of sea lions, the dominant male of which is called Buster, and a pair of hippos. The central island is home to the parks only silverback gorilla, the legendary Nico. Aboard, it is possible for £1.00 to receive a cup of fish pieces to throw to the sea lions, who naturally follow the boat and bark for food.

Animal Adventure:

Containing many animals previously kept in Pets Corner, there are many exotic and familiar mammals, birds, reptiles and insects on display, including Otters, Marmosets, Macaws, Rabbits, Tortoises, porcupines, armadillos, giant anteaters and many more. Meerkats and Mongoose can be seen in their own enclosure next to the waiting area for the Safari Boats.

Miniature Railway:

A 15 in (381 mm) Miniature railway.

Animal Park:

Longleat is also the subject of the BBC's Animal Park, hosted by Kate Humble and Ben Fogle.

Admission:

Please telephone for latest prices.

Address:

The Estate Office
Longleat
Warminster
Wiltshire
BA12 7NW

Telephone:

01985 844400

Website Address:

http://www.longleat.co.uk

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