Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre 29th January 2017

Monkey World: What is it?

The Monkey World Ape Rescue centre is a facility in Dorset that specialises in the rescue and rehabilitation of mistreated and endangered monkey species from around the world. They can often be found assisting world governments in dealing with underground trafficking and mistreatment of animals carrying out rescues and working to rehabilitate as many rescued monkeys as possible. Monkey World is a rehabilitation centre that is open to the public and allows people to get up close to many species and learn more about these great animals and in thanks help fund the centre by buying a ticket, giving a donation and generally spending as much money as possible while there. There is a wide variety of monkeys to see and they have talks at different enclosures scheduled throughout the day.

Monkey World: Who is it for?

Monkey world is a family friendly park with plenty to keep the whole family interested or entertained including plenty of play areas scattered throughout the grounds. The paths are well maintained but do go up and down some steep slopes so you will burn a few extra calories moving the push chair around. Disabled and elderly visitors can hire a scooter at the entrance so the slopes are no problem.

Monkey World: What’s the food like?

Monkey World has three main food outlets but during our visit only two were opened. As a result, they were very busy and we couldn’t get a seat at our first try around 12:30, but came back an hour later and found a seat no problem. The food is pretty standard and Champ felt they could be more generous with their baked beans. However, Charlie and I enjoyed a really nice ploughman’s and the prices are very good with us able to eat lunch for a family of four for under £20.

Monkey World: Where is it?

Monkey World is located in Dorset near the village of Wool. It is best reached by Car and can be found along the A31 road. Direct trains from London Waterloo to Wool are available and then you would need to get a taxi to take you the remaining 1.5 miles to Monkey World.

Monkey World: What are the downsides?

The only tiny downside from our visit to Monkey World is that the third restaurant wasn’t open causing the other restaurants to be very busy.

Monkey World: Where to stay?

Dorset is full of accomodation options ranging from luxury hotels to cosy cottages. Here are a few useful links to accomodation with

Monkey World: Overall

Overall Monkey World was a great family day out with plenty to see, learn and do. The kids were either captivated by the monkeys or having a go at being a monkey themselves at one of the many play parks.

Monkey World: Tips and useful links for visiting Monkey World

  • Monkey World is all outside and largely uncovered so wrap up warm if visiting in the winter and be sure to take an umbrella or rain coat.
  • If any elderly or disabled people are in your party make sure you contact Monkey World in advance to try to secure a motorised scooter.
  • It is a lot of walking and up and down some steep slopes so ditch the heels and brogues and go for comfy trainers or walking shoes.
  • Monkey World Website
  • visit Dorset website
  • Monkey life on DVD (Life at Monkey World)
  • More photos from our day out at Monkey World

Click on an image to find a Walt Disney World holiday adverstisement

More from

Save money towards your next adventure through our deals page

A great day out at Blenheim Palace

See our latest family adventures and grab some useful travel tips from Travel Bettter Family Travel