Visitors vote top ten places to talk to the animals.
Qype, Europe's leading consumer reviews site, has revealed the consumer's pick of the best Zoos across the UK, ahead of half term next week (11 to 19 February).
The 'only way is Essex' according to reviews posted on Qype.co.uk over the last six months, as Colchester Zoo was named the UK's top ahead of the Capital's famous London Zoo, which came in a close second.
The list features established favourites such as Longleat Safari Park, Chester Zoo and Edinburgh Zoo, as well as a surprise entry for the less well-known Birmingham Nature Centre at number three. (EDITOR: When I was a child, it was called the Birmingham Zoological Gardens!)
Colchester Zoo was praised for its impressive variety of animals as well as the friendly and helpful staff. Many reviewers make reference to the Gold Card, which allows multiple visits.
One Qype reviewer writes "A great day out. I took my nephew and his friends, they loved it. He thought it was brilliant and has been asking to go back ever since. A really great day out."
"It's great to see Colchester Zoo come out on top. It seems their success is built on a huge variety of species to see with things of interest for all ages. On top of this our Qype reviewers are passionate about customer service; it really can make or break a great day out and clearly Colchester, as well as all of these zoos, are getting this right," says Richard Dennys, Qype's Chief Marketing Officer.
"With a new review posted every 30 seconds, Qype is an indispensable resource if you are planning a day out with the family. Visitors to the site will find honest advice on the best attractions as well as places to eat and drink whether you're a local or a visitor," continues Dennys.
Attracting up to 25 million visits a months, Qype is the source for independent and trusted reviews. With Qype's app you're never far from advice on how to find the best-rated places, with instant, on-the-go access to over 2.3 million reviews including attractions, restaurants, bars and other local companies in 166,000 cities worldwide.
Top Ten Zoos according to Qype reviewers:
Colchester Zoo, Stanway
London Zoo, Marylebone, London
Birmingham Nature Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Woburn Safari Park, Milton Keynes
Monkey World, Wareham
Longleat Safari Park, Warminster
Chester Zoo, Chester
Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh
Marwell Zoo, Winchester
Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol
Qype's top 10 Zoos was compiled using an algorithm unique to Qype which takes into account the number of reviews, their content and star-ratings. All reviews used to compile the list were posted in the last six months.
Qype is a consumer reviews site and claims to have revolutionised the way consumers research and choose goods and services.
A spokesman said: "It's the place to find and share independent, trusted reviews on everything from restaurants to shops, hairdressers to plumbers in over 166,000 cities and towns worldwide. Qype's app gives consumers instant, on-the-move access to reviews wherever and whenever they wish.
"The site attracts up to 25 million monthly visits, with a new review appearing every 30 seconds. Qype is local and international; helping consumers make informed decisions everyday at home and abroad."
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