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Longleat visit 2016

On the 10th December I traveled to Warminster to visit Longleat with a friend, it was a trip organised by work so it meant that we didn't need to drive up ourselves - bonus!

The day started off early, we left Southampton at 9 and arrived just after 10:30. We were going to go around the safari first but as there were queues forming we decided that a walk around the park first.
Longleat House

There is so much to do and was difficult to fit it all in but managed to make it around to all of the below:

The Olde Sweet Shop - an amazing place and reminds me so much of the one that is in St Fagans in South Wales. There are shelves floor to ceiling full of sweets and too much choice but I went for my all time favourite Kola Pips.

Olde Sweet Shop
Olde Sweet Shop

Bat Cave
Bat cave - We came across a bat cave and so went into have a look, at first there was just a bat behind a screen and we thought that was it but no! Beyond a screen we walked into a room full of them! I bravely stayed and walked through but after a while I just had to leave.

Mirror maze - This was a great little attraction and I alway like a mirror maze...ideally without screaming kids! We wondered around, tried not to walk into any mirrors and just about managed to find our way out.

Jungle Kingdom - Time to see some animals, within here we saw some otters, a ferret and other animals which I was not to sure what they were!

Monkey temple - There were a few monkeys but not to many, we were able to get up close to them but like most of the animals in the park they wouldn't stand still for a photo.

Penguin Island - This was my favourite one! I love Penguins and even more so after my experience in Dubai (you can read about it here) Like the Monkeys they wouldn't stay still for a picture.

Ray Bay - This was a pool full of Sting Rays, I am fasanated with them and was there just trying to get a good photo of them - I think I spent most of the day doing this!

Parrot show - This show was put on at different times of the day and we just made it for the beginning of one. They had 5 Parrots and each had it own trick, they were driving cars, scooters, pulled a flag up and down and then the normal trick of talking...oh and one of them knew numbers and could count!

Butterflies - Moving on we went to see the butterflies but the trick was could you spot them!?! I managed to see 3 of them and so the camera come out. There was also a lizard and his expression was great and maybe best discribed as a drunk hungry person at 2am but they pass out before they would eat anything.

Maze - This was the one attraction I wanted to see the most (apart from the lights) because I have always wanted to walk around a Maze but unfortunately I didn't have enough time to explore it all because we needed to get back to the coach for the Safari.

The Maze - and someone pointing out where to go to get out
Longleat house - What a wonderful looking house, I always love the look of Victorian houses and the the large scale of some of them. Just walking into the first room and then looking up - wow! Although I am just glad I am not the one that has to clean it! I always dreams of a large home, with a grand staircase not sure what it is but I just love it.

Safari - The time had arrived to get on the coach to go around the safari. Unfortunately we soon hit queues and because of the bad weather there was not many animals around. Saying that we did get to see tigers and woofs as they passed in front of the coach and having the front seats made it even better.

Lights - This was the main reasons I wanted to go to Longleat and it didn't disappoint! They were amazing and so much detail went into each one. Words can't quite describe how wonderful they were and I needed a whole different album on Facebook to show off the pictures.

There was also a whole section dedicated to Beatrix Potter and a special exhibition in Longleat House to celebrate it being 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter.

To see more photos then head over to my Facebook page.


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