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Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens

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| Aby, nr Alford, Claythorpe LN13 0DU, England
+44 1507 451366
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Disappointed

Unhappy about the animal husbandry. Waterfowl were fine but to see single pheasants and other... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christine G
Easter Sunday

Lovely trip for the Easter word search for the kiddies, they received a chocolate cake and hot... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bkigh
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Tranquil and beautiful, our former watermill is a small, family run attraction with a little something for everyone. Sit by the river, meet the birds and animals, soak up some history, have a fabulous lunch, or unleash the kids in our woodland play area. Most visitors will allow a couple of hours for their visit, often staying for coffee and cake or lunch in our excellent cafe, while many people take their time and while away most of the day here, feeding the animals and soaking up the atmosphere. Lots of guests return more than once during their holiday, using the free annual pass that’s included with every admission. This is especially popular with people who live locally, and it’s always lovely to welcome our regular visitors who enjoy beautiful surroundings, gorgeous animals, great food, and a relaxing atmosphere. Our lovely cafe is open exclusively to ticketholders. Enjoy freshly made sandwiches, Lincolnshire platters, a classic ploughman’s lunch, homemade cakes, quiches, cream teas and specials. Don’t forget, you can return as often as you like with your annual pass, which is free with your first admission.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible10%
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| Aby, nr Alford, Claythorpe LN13 0DU, England
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+44 1507 451366
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"small animals"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unhappy about the animal husbandry. Waterfowl were fine but to see single pheasants and other birds in such sterile conditions was not enjoyable. Two little wallabies were lying together in a dark enclosure surrounded by trees. Tawny owl did not look well (unless it was...More

Thank Christine G
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Mike A, Owner at Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Christine. Despite the terrible weather in March and April it’s been a wonderful start to 2018 at Claythorpe. We’ve enjoyed reading a string of great reviews, and we do our best to respond to everyone, whatever opinion they’ve formed. We have three pheasants who...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely trip for the Easter word search for the kiddies, they received a chocolate cake and hot chocolate as a reward great on a wet cold Sunday. The play area want open but this was because changes and relocation of the play area had been...More

Thank Bkigh
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Mike A, Owner at Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for this, much appreciated. We couldn't do a lot about the Easter weather I'm afraid – a real washout – but we're glad you enjoyed it. The play area's now open again and we hope you can make it to A Midsummer Nights...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Although it isn't large it is very enjoyable. The entrance fee was £5.80 per adult but for that you can visit as many times as you wish for 12 months so it is very good value. Enjoyable for children and adults. The cakes in the...More

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Mike A, Owner at Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Really appreciate this lovely review – thanks so much!

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Was expecting a working watermill or just a watermill, but nothing, museum was just a few posters on the wall of what it use to look like, food was ok, but no cutlery offered, and you had to pay admission fee before eatingMore

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Mike A, Owner at Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Hello again. As we've said in our responses to your reviews elsewhere, I'm sorry if you were expecting something different, but we do our best to be clear on all our leaflets, on our website and on the signage before you enter, that Claythorpe ended...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

Good value at £16.00 for a family of four, bird and fish food 80p a bag we ran out and went back for more. Very pretty venue, a few animals including meerka`s, otters and wallaby`s plus an assortment of birds.Lots of photo opportunities . We...More

Thank Karen M
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Mike A, Owner at Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thanks Karen, that's so nice to hear and I'm glad you all enjoyed your visit – the team are always thrilled to get such a lovely review, it's much appreciated!

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We visited Claythorpe Watermill and we were pleasantly surprised. We had lunch which was delicious and reasonable in price. However the star attractions for me were the otters and the meerkats. However there are numerous varieties of birds including owls on show and even a...More

Thank Jason P
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Mike A, Owner at Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Thanks so much Jason, glad you enjoyed your visit and your lunch and hopefully we'll see you again one day.

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Well my hubby found a leaflet for this place and when we got there i wasn't expecting much,well that went out of the window. What a lovely surprise this place is. The birds are of every description and colour. We had so much fun feeding...More

Thank 653sylvia55
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Mike A, Owner at Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

That's so nice to hear, thank you! Glad you enjoyed your lunch and hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

I read some of the negative reviews with an air of resignation. It's not Knowsley Safari Park but it's not pretending to be. It's friendly and educational and good value and it's also local and accessible. Let's celebrate people working hard to give us something...More

Thank Nick W
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Mike A, Owner at Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thanks so much, we really appreciate it! We know that some people won't see past the work we still have to do, but we've come such a long way so far and we're really grateful for the support. We hope you'll keep coming back and...More

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Reviewed 4 September 2017

Last time I visited was 1 year ago now it has changed so much for the better. New enclosures the addition of meerkats chipmunks red squirrel. Had ploughman S lunch with den nets ice cream for sweet and lovely drink of elderflower presse. Just had...More

Thank Maureen T
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Mike A, Owner at Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

That's so nice to hear, thanks Maureen – glad you all enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again one day.

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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

I will only write a short review as reading previous reviews that are anything less than complimentary, it seems that the owners like to issue a lengthy defence statement. It's a shame that they don't put as much effort into looking after this beautiful place....More

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Mike A, Owner at Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

The work that goes into running and renovating this beautiful place runs to seven days a week and the work is ongoing, which is why we like to respond to reviewers who think that we're not working hard enough or are not taking action. Everything...More

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Janet E
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Response from JudiMo | Reviewed this property |
Hello there, it is just about suitable. Outside is mostly on the flat but the cafe is up steps and some of the walkways to the attractions are bumpy and uphill
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