Open every day except Christmas Day
Easter to October: 9.30am-6pm
November to March: 9.30am-5pm
Last admission 1 hour before closure.
The zoo may close in bad weather, such as ice, snow or strong winds; see the zoo's website for details.
Students (NUS card)
Under 3 years
Family (2 + 2)
Group rates and annual membership also available; see zoo's website for details.
The Welsh Mountain Zoo is set in a beautiful area of North Wales high above Colwyn Bay. Parts of the zoo are in a wooded hillside setting, while others are open hill top and side with spectacular views of Snowdonia and the stunning North Wales coast. The hilltop also features a Bardic stone circle, erected for the 1909 Eisteddford of Wales.
The Zoo is committed to conservation and breeding programmes and is home to many rare and endangered species. It has a varied collection including Sumatran Tigers, Snow Leopards, Chimpanzees, Lar Gibbons, Spider Monkeys, Brown Bears, Przewalski Horses, Californian Sealions, Red Pandas, Arctic Foxes, Pine Martens and Red Squirrels. The reptile collection features a variety of snakes, turtles and lizards, together with Mississippi Alligators, and the bird collection includes Andean Condors, eagles, owls and other birds of prey, together with Flamingos, Ostriches, Rheas, Penguins and a variety of waterfowl.
In the main season a variety of animal shows and events take place throughout the day, including chimp encounters, birds of prey flying displays, and sealion feeding and training sessions. Additional events are held on Bank Holidays and during school holiday periods.
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Free and centrally located within the zoo, so your car is accessible throughout the day.
Flagstaff Café, Safari Restaurant, ice cream shop, sweet shop several picnic areas.
Children's farm, Jungle Adventureland and Tarzan Trail adventure playground, baby changing facilities, free pushchair hire.
Disabled toilets, free wheelchair hire. Due to its location, on a hill top and spreading down the sides of the hill, visitors with mobility constraints may have trouble accessing certain areas of the Zoo.
Please call the zoo beforehand if arriving by campervan.
Dogs are allowed into the Zoo but only to be exercised in the non tarmac area of the car park - they are not permitted into any other area of the Zoo.
Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates
Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.
Tigers, snow leopards, sealions, trained birds of prey, golden eagles, brown bears, alligators and many, many more
Sealions Rock with underwater viewing, chimpanzee world, tortoise and cactus house, aviaries, reptile house, penguin parade, sealion show, chimp encounter and bear falls.
Zoo gardens, gift shops, adopt an animal
How To Get There:
The Welsh Mountain Zoo is situated in a hill top position overlooking Colwyn Bay in North Wales. Tourist signs will guide you from the A55 Expressway at the Rhos-on-Sea interchange (Junction 20).
Follow the A55 west towards Conwy and Holyhead, past Colwyn Bay to Rhos-on-Sea. Leave the A55 at junction 20, and bear right onto B5113 Princes Drive. At traffic lights turn right onto A547 Conway Road. Turn next left onto B5113 King's Road. Get into the right-hand lane, and follow the signs through the residential area and up the hill to the zoo.
Follow the A55 east along the coast, through Conwy and on towards Colwyn Bay and Rhyl. Leave at junction 20, Rhos-on-Sea, and turn right at traffic lights onto B5115 Brompton Avenue. Cross the A55 and turn left onto A547 Conwy Road, towards the town centre. Turn next right onto B5113 King's Road. Get into the right-hand lane, and follow the signs through the residential area and up the hill to the zoo.
Folow the A470 north through Llanwrst and along the Conwy. Turn right onto the A55 near Conwy, towards Colwyn Bay and Rhyl. Leave the A55 at the next exit, junction 20 at Rhos-on-Sea, and turn right at traffic lights onto B5115 Brompton Avenue. Cross the A55 and turn left onto A547 Conwy Road, towards the town centre. Turn next right onto B5113 King's Road. Get into the right-hand lane, and follow the signs through the residential area and up the hill to the zoo.
By Public Transport
Nearest station is Colwyn Bay on the Chester to Holyhead main line. From Easter to mid September the Zoo's free minibus will operate a continuous daily service between here and the zoo, from 10am.
Data on this page last updated: Mar 9 2015