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Flamingo Land Travelplans Yorkshire?

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Kifaru Bwana, 17 Jun 2013.

  1. Kifaru Bwana

    Kifaru Bwana Well-Known Member

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    Dear Forumsters,

    Planning to visit both Flamingoland and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

    Two questions:
    A) How much time should one plan for a good visit of either place?
    (taking everything zoowise they have on offer)
    B) Anyone experiences with public transport between / to both?

    Please share. Much appreciated!

    K.B.
     
  2. polarbear

    polarbear Well-Known Member

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    No experience with public transport to either.

    I would allow at least half a day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park but to do it justice, and have a leisurely visit, plan for the day. We were there in April and didn't expect to be there so long (a first visit) but ended up spending 6 hours there. They have talks / events on every half hour throughout the day and the staff are extremely friendly and easy to talk to so we spent quite a bit of time doing just that.

    Haven't been to Flamingoland for may years but planning to go back, probably for just a pop-in visit to see the Zoo for half a day, on the way to Scarborough from where we will be staying.
     
  3. Parrotsandrew

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    I spent 8 hours at Flamingo Land the other week before leaving reluctantly to catch the bus, but the park was due to close in ten minutes anyway! You do not need a full day to see everything, but I am a full-day zoo visitor whenever it is possible. I have not been to the YWP for two years, but it is easy to spend a full day there too.

    From where are you planning to use public transport? Flamingo Land is served by regular (generally hourly) buses in both directions i.e. immediately from Pickering and Malton. The Pickering buses start in either Whitby or Thornton-le-Dale, whilst the Malton ones usually start in Leeds and travel via York but some start in Malton. The company is Yorkshire Coastliner. I am familiar with only the journey from Malton as I travel by train to there and then catch the bus to Flamingo Land (some go to the park entrance, but most only to the roundabout in Kirby Misperton from where it is a 5 minutes walk). The bus takes around 15 minutes from Malton.

    I believe there are several buses to Branton from Doncaster, but on my three visits to the YWP I have travelled by train to Doncaster with my folding bicycle and cycled from there. I have noticed a bus stop near the lane leading to the pedestrian entrance.

    If you are thinking of visiting both places on the same day and travelling between them by public transport I'd say it is not really feasible as the journey would take a considerable chunk out of the day. The quickest way would be to travel by train from Malton to Doncaster which would mean changing in York. If you were lucky with connections that should not take too long, although I am not sure just how long it takes from York to Doncaster - Malton to York is timetabled to be around 23 minutes. With the bus journeys at both ends I should not be surprised if it took up to three hours; it would definitely be more than two I think.
     
  4. bongorob

    bongorob Well-Known Member

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    York to Doncaster by train is approximately 25 minutes.
     
  5. Kifaru Bwana

    Kifaru Bwana Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, bongorob ... I have just decided to make York my port of call for both zoos. Easy in, easy out ... + plus a great city. :D