West Midland Safari Park, Birmingham
basically i am writing this as they haven't had the decency to contact me regarding the written complaint i put in at the end of the visit. i can only assume that the people who rate this place highly have never been to a safari park before. there are so many gates to get through which are totally unnecessary as the animals are kept in cages or behind electric fences (i'm presuming there were animals as the grass was so long we could only see the tips of their ears). when we finally got to the car park the toilets were awful and nothing showed us where the rest of the park was located. after asking someone we finally found our way in. my daughter is in a wheelchair and this park is most definitely NOT wheelchair friendly, she is an active user and good at pushing herself but the slope in and out of the main area is so steep it took her pushing herself and her dad pushing the back of the chair to finally get to the top. the paths are all broken or loose stones so really dangerous. the whole park is very tired looking and any staff we spoke to were short and unhelpful. the animals in the lemur forest where cowering in the corner and the goats were very depressed looking and didn't want to come near anyone or eat the food and i have never met a goat that doesn't want to eat. all in all a very upsetting experience and a total waste of money
20 miles from Birmingham is the West Midlands Safari Park. The park covers about 200 acres and comprises safari park, zoo and amusement area.
The admission price is £7.99 each (whether adults or children) which includes a free return visit for the same amount of passengers in the same car. This return visit MUST be taken in the same season before the park closes for winter (I found this very useful as I accidentally deleted all the pictures on my digital camera on the evening of my visit and went back again the next day to take some more). I think you can drive round the 4-mile animal drive as many times as you like.
The admission price includes all areas of the park excluding the rides. You have to buy seperate multi-ride wristbands for these (height restricted £7.25, unrestricted £8.75). You can also buy seperate tickets for the rides if you only wanted to go on one or two. I have to say that when I last visited in 2003 the amusement park wasn't up to much - it was OK for younger children but with the competition between amusement parks nowadays the rides weren't very exciting and some areas were a bit rundown. It seems they have new rides and attractions this year so it seems like they are trying to do a bit more with this part of the park.
I really enjoyed the animals so that part is definitely worth a visit. There are areas where you can pet smaller animals and you can buy boxes of feed as you come in for some of the animals as you drive round.
The best advice i can give regarding the amusement park is to have a wander around when you get there and see what you think.
You can't take dogs into the safari park for obvious reasons but I notice on their website that they have a kennel facility.
This is the park visitor leaflet for 2005 which gives all the info you need.
The West Midlands Safari park is amazing. You can drive through the park in your car. Many of the animals can be handfed. You travel around the park seeing animals of all different types, just be careful not to run them over! We even got a free ticket to come back again.
It is unique because it's an amazing feeling to have a giraffe sticking his head through your sunroof or a lioness pacing within a foot of your car. A must see!
Located in the heart of rural Worcestershire, West Midland Safari and Leisure Park covers an area of almost 200 acres and is the ideal place to spend the day with your family.