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Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A place for very young children.

Nice little place for a visit,not very expensive entry fees. Mixed animals on display but some of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Wakefield, United Kingdom
Where was the refurb ??

Well this was a return visit having been here last year before it closed for the refurb, the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Halifax, United Kingdom
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1 Smithies Lane, Heckmondwike, Dewsbury WF16 0PN, England
+44 1924 235276
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice little place for a visit,not very expensive entry fees. Mixed animals on display but some of the larger ones had woodland to hide in (nice to see they have plenty of room to live) so didn't see as much as was possible. Also some...More

Thank davidjoeben
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just come back from a lovely day out here with my two children, age 2 and 6. It's only a small place, but we managed to spend the full day here. There are several different play areas and lots of animals to see. My younger...More

Thank Rachel B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well this was a return visit having been here last year before it closed for the refurb, the entrance road is still full of potholes and parking can be an issue due to limited spaces, I must say i struggled to see what had actually...More

Thank DaveDXN
PonderosaZoo, Manager at Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Good afternoon, Thank you for your feedback. Apologies for the car parking issues you experienced, we are currently looking into expanding our car park to ensure parking is a quick and easy process. We'd just like to clarify on the work that was carried out...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food used to be free for kids and the manger was so good with them and helped us every time now they don’t clean the tables the drinks are watered down and kids aren’t free

Thank toyjeffers
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Me and my partner decided to get married at ponderosa and I can’t thank Peter and the lakeside team enough. There has been plenty of ups and downs but the day was just amazing from start to finish. If we was stressed the team was...More

1  Thank laurenhemsley
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Went for my Nieces 5th Birthday, Nice place and well kept. Animals look happy and well fed. Play areas are big and fun for a good age range. Wouldn't be particularly interesting to walk around as an adult but its a cheap day out with...More

Thank stevent7702018
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Looking for somewhere to take our 18month Granddaughter on a bright, but blustery October day, we decided upon Ponderosa. This centre caters for able bodied and those with disabilities. A lovely little zoo (somewhat quiet on a non school holiday Tuesday) with cute animals from...More

Thank Jacqueline_de_Broise
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

Visited recently with my wife, daughter and new baby and we thought it was great value for money with lots of animals, walkways, activities etc and spent a lovely few hours there. One small criticism was the cafe had a relatively sparse range of food...More

Thank Tony K
Reviewed 24 August 2018

We went for afternoon. With a near two year old. Toilets were but broke, with flush by the playbarn, which you have to pay for. Wouldnt like to visit in a busy period, as enclosures quite small. Otters were great to look at. We were...More

Thank Beverley N
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

I came here last week for the first time with my partner & 3 year old Son. We had a great time,very cheap price to get in,parking was good & my son loved all the different play areas & beach area. Would defo recommend for...More

Thank 283leighv
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Philip N
10 September 2018|
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Response from caroline H | Reviewed this property |
Zoo only is free for under 2's, £5 children & £5.50 adults. You can get a combo ticket for kids zoo & playbarn £7.50
Philip N
10 September 2018|
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carole s
20 July 2015|
Response from carole s | Reviewed this property |
No there isn't a kettle x