Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Dartmoor Zoological Park, Sparkwell, Plymouth, Devon PL7 5DG

Contact: 01752 837645



We are a leading attraction in the south west, with over 10 talks and feeds throughout the day for groups to visit as part of their ticket.

We offer education sessions to groups from EYFS to degree level, including special needs groups, home education groups and childrens clubs throughout the holidays.

If for any reason you cannot make it to the zoo we have an outreach team that can come and visit your school with some very special visitors including reptiles, small mammals and invertebrates.

Most sessions at the zoo last up to 1 hour and take place in our purpose built classrooms around the site. All of our sessions are linked to the National Curriculum.

There is a maximum class size of 30 for the education sessions. Sessions are available between 10.30 and 3.30 weekdays throughout the year. Our sessions are very popular so they must be booked in advance of your visit to the zoo.

To request an education visit and session please contact the education team on

On the website we have health and safety guidance to help you complete your risk assessments and school visit paperwork. There is also a teachers pack which provides information on your arrival at the zoo, where to eat lunch and where to store bags. 

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Dartmoor Zoo is a Zoo know worldwide after its incredible story about beating all the odds was made into the Hollywood movie ‘We Bought a Zoo.’ Our owner Benjamin Mee has continued to push the zoo forward and we now house the South West’s biggest collection of Big Cats. We are also an award-winning education department which means we not only have the skills to teach eople about biodiversity, conservation and the natural world around us, but we also have a beautiful and unique site to teach in, making us an ideal destination for an educational school trip.

What does a typical educational visit include?
Schools can book for general admission to the zoo only, or can opt to add an education session to their visit at a cost of £30 per sessions (group admission to the zoo is charged separately). There is a choice of sessions on our website or we are happy to tailor make a sessions based on your chosen topic. On a typical day there is also over 10 daily talks per day delivered by our education team that groups can attend as part of the admission ticket.

What group sizes do you cater for?
Any group size can attend the zoo. Education sessions are capped at 30 students.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We have a downloadable teachers pack and a few themed workbooks that can be requested when you have booked a session.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Yes, no flash in education sessions due to the animals in close proximity. Photos must be for personal use only.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Once a visit has been booked we offer free planning visits for up to two members of staff (we require staff ID to be shown on arrival; normal rates will apply for family and friends). Risk assessment guidelines are provided on the zoo website under Discovery and Learning.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Yes, we have a team of five experienced and knowledgeable Education Officers who deliver our programme of education sessions to schools, colleges and other groups.

What is the cost of the visit?
£6.25 per child
£30 per education session
Additional adults outside the given ratios £8.50

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

Please list facilities available.
• Shop (there are a range of gifts from £1 -£20)
• Restaurant that serves hot and cold food
• Two lovely picnic areas where groups can eat their lunches

What are your disabled facilities?
We have disabled toilets in the restaurant and all our classrooms have disabled access. The zoo is wheelchair friendly however the site is hilly and the pathways are bumpy in places. There is disabled parking available.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are open every day from 10am – 4pm in the winter and 10am-6pm in the summer.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Animal Welfare Duke of Edinburgh Award Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas Residential School Trips SEN Team Building Wildlife and Nature Zoos

Curriculum Topics Covered: Business Studies English Environmental Studies Geography Leisure & Tourism Media Science STEM

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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