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Living Coasts is a coastal zoo owned by South West Environmental Parks as part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, which also includes Newquay Zoo and Paignton Zoo. It is a registered charity, and is based around seabirds and other coastal wildlife. The site is covered by a giant aviary which includes several animal enclosures and habitats including an artificial tidal estuary, a penguin beach, a tropical mangrove swamp, and underwater viewing areas.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
Top place to visit with very friendly knowledgeable staff on hand to tell you about the animals. Carefully selected animals on breeding programmes are kept here and conservation is up most. All the animals have good spaces and look very healthy. Best bit is hand feeding Inca Turns. Top tip as you leave convert your day ticket into a week's pass for free and so go back again.
I went to living coasts with a friend and out 7yr old girls. We spent a couple of hours hear so it’s not a place that you can spend all day but it was definitely a great few hours. We saw the penguins being fed, up close, and the children played in the toys and sand pits that they had. It’s not somewhere that I would revisit regular but I would definitely go back in a few years time to remind myself and to see if there was anything new. We didn’t use the cafe that is there so don’t know if it’s any good or reasonably priced but we attended on a locals half price weekend so the entry what cheap, it was a great incentive to get locals to attend and was definitely worth the money, but looking on line and the ticket price normally I don’t think I would have attended if I had to pay that. However you can get a joint ticket with the zoo and this is definitely the better option.
I really enjoy living coasts and being able to get very close to the penguins. Staff are very informative when it comes to the animals and tell you the animals stories so far. This time a staff member explained of a penguin couple and when the female returned they are vocal with each other to say hello. The only downside is I wish there was a discount for the local people.
Fabulous interesting place. We parked on road on top of a hill to walk round Torquay and saw this interesting netting with birds in it so decided to go in and even better is that you get a free return ticket to go back in 7 days. Which we will do as we only had 2 hours to go before it shut. Spent ages watching the penguins,puffins, waders, seals. Inside area as well. Kids loved watching the puffins etc swimming from inside. Nice ice cream shack and cafe with balcony overlooking the sea. Nice to have birds flying freely over your heads. Wheel chair friendly. Excellent large gift shop, cheapest souvenirs tea towel I have ever bought at £3!.
Really enjoy living coasts. I park a little walk away from the venue. The staff at the entrance werent as helpful as they normally are on this occasion, however the staff in the venue made up for it. It's amazing how close you can get to the penguins and even though we went on a really hot day they had hose pipes etc on for the animals. The food was lovely, although not much choice on the sandwiches for kids lunches. The view from living coasts is truly stunning. It doesn't take long to go around and couple of hours maybe more so we normally go crabbing after. It was a great day out.
Fabulous small zoo! Staff very knowledgeable and helpful. Talks very informative. Animal enclosures also very well built so animals seem happy but enough viewing space to be able to see them. Zoos are always a little pricey for a day out but people really need to invest in the conservation of the amazing animal.
Had a thoroughly enjoyable morning at Living Coasts. Only in Torquay for a few days but it was the one place I really wanted to visit. Spent a long while watching the seals and listened to a very informative talk whilst they were being fed. Loved the place and would definitely visit again if in the area.
Thoroughly fun few hours. Sadly my Daughter fell over and hurt herself in the octopus exhibit. First aid staff were so kind and caring. We loved the penguins, otters and seals. Nice cup of coffee too. Thank you for a fun day. staff are knowledgeable and we enjoyed the talks.
Lovely site with really friendly staff. It's not a massive place but they've made good use of what they have got. We went off-season and took our time. I can imagine that it gets busy in the school holidays. The cafe at the end has stunning views and won't break the bank.
Absolutely amazing and loved it so so much and just was such nice weather that we took our own picnic and the talks were busy but we heard everything and could even ask questions after each talk. Great access. Price is same as any zoo so I guess you could say overpriced for how small it is compared to Paignton Zoo for example but I personally still enjoyed it. All animals were awake and some penguins were quite loud but nothing too scary for children and all went well. Great day out. Parking reasonable also at £5 for 24 hours.
Brilliant place for children, not only wonderful sea life to view as you walk around but small pit stops of play areas to keep little ones constantly entertained. Our personal favourite was the huge indoor tank wall where you can watch the penguins swim under the water. Easily walkable from the station past beautiful views of the Torquay coast, leave some time to play on the sandy beach!
Such a fantastic place to visit. It has marine life in abundance. From birds to seals, octopi to penguins! My kids loved exploring. While you follow a similar path it has a very organic feel to it and the way that they have built it it feels part of the ocean itself. Very educational not only about the creatures which it house but also about the environment and ecology in general. A great days out families. Expensive but worth it and a gift to the future.
They make the very best use of the site. For us the Penguins are the highlight. Macaroni and African Penguins on a beach setting. Sean is on hand to answer guest questions and Feeding Time talks are fun and informative. The have around a dozen chicks this year which is good news for this endangered species.
There's penguins. What? That already makes it perfect. Ok, apparently I have to say more, so; The staff are knowledgeable and entertaining in all their talks (not just about the penguins), the animals, especially the penguins, are usually out in the open so you can see them up close and personal and there's penguins, did I mention the penguins?
Really nice place. The penguins are great they just walk around in front of you. It's not a massive place but well laid out. They have a small soft play area where young children can run around and have fun.
Small zoo focused on sea life. Upper section is a large aviary with different sections for fur seals, otters, puffins and auks. Main area for penguins of two species Maraconi and African. Below section has underwater viewing for the above species and aquarium tanks. Can easily be seen in less than two hours. Regular talks and feedings occurred throughout the day.
Great day out for young children. We come here a lot and my toddler enjoys it every time. The penguins are great fun to watch, there are also otters and seals and various other sea birds. Inside is a mini aquarium with a few fish, seahorses, jelly fish, star fish and the star of the show a very playful octopus! There is also a sandpit and inside soft play area. The food is reasonable in quality and price for the type of place it is.