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The zoo overlooks Colwyn Bay and out to sea making some spectacular views of the town and local countryside,set on a lovely picturesque hillside the zoo is home to some sixty plus species including Mammals,Birds and Reptiles.
Opened on the 18th May 1963-the realisation of a dream for the zoo's founder,longlife wildlife enthusiast and naturalist 'Robert Jackson',who was born in 'Knutsford,Cheshire in 1915.His family helped run the zoo until his death in 1969,the family continued to run the zoo until 1983 when the Zoological society of Wales took over operations though the family still made the main decisions.
Today the zoo is very modern and is listed as one of the best and most beautiful in Europe hosting a variety of endangered species such as 'Snow Leopards,Sumatran tigers and Condors'.The facilities are top class with a large car park,snack bar,restaurant,gift shop and multimedia center.The animals look very comfatable and well look after as do the grounds and gardens in the zoo.There are various shows throughout the day involving 'Chimpanzees,Macaws,Pengiuns and Sea-Lions'.
A great day out for both children and adults,the zoo is open everyday except christmas day from 9.30am till 5.00pm april-october and 9.30am till 4.00pm november-march.
Prices are:£8.95 for adults,£6.60 for children and £7.80 for OAPS
Updated Aug 10, 2009
Address: Old Highway,Colwyn Bay,LL285UY
Bodnant Garden is on the outskirts of Colwyn Bay. The garden was begun in 1875, and four generations of the same family worked to create the stunning garden that you can see today. The gardens have many attractions throughout the year, from beautiful autumn foliage to a stunning laburnum arch that you can walk through (this flowers for about six weeks from mid-May). As well as the more formal gardens, there are walks through the woods and by the river, and gorgeous views across to Snowdonia. Allow at least a couple of hours to do your visit justice.
Entrance is free to members of the National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society. Otherwise the entrance is 5.50GBP for adults, and 2.75 for children. There are toilets and a cafe, and a poicnic area near the car park.
Written Jul 12, 2004
Address: Tal-y-Cafn, Colwyn Bay - about 8 miles from Colwyn
Favorite thing: It is a snobby town in many ways, with scumbags on busses insulting strangers, like you get in much of the valley disgusting school pupils who say other people look like serial killers, and a fellow with the surname powell, who is in his 20s, who is crackers, and deranged, and some pretty apalling veermin who sit at bus stop sand claim other people look like shop lifters, and then like utter vermin go on anotehr bus as they want to be serial killers and annoty decent epople,
Written Oct 3, 2004
Favorite thing: It hasn't changed much, and it is not over run with loud tourists
Fondest memory: It hadn't changed very much in the 40 years since my last visit
Updated May 29, 2003