Qype: Ashdown Forest Llama Park in Forest Row

Forest Row

Situated in Ashdown Forest, just south of Wych Cross is Ashdown Forest Llama Park. It’s easy to locate, being on the main London to Eastbourne road (A22). There is a moderately sized free car park.

The admission charge is £5.95 for adults and £4.95 for children/concessions (in 2008). It is open from 10am to 5pm every day.

The park consists of some covered pens and several large fields. There are a large number of llamas and alpacas including some very young ones. There are also three female reindeer.

There is also a barn which is used as museum/eductaion centre. The contents of this was mainly about the uses of llamas and alpacas and there was a short 8min video. There were a few hands-on activities for the younger visitor.

Outside there is the required adventure play area for children.

Inside the main building there are toilets which appear to be well maintained, a gift shop and a coffee shop. The gift shop contains a lot of products from South America and a large range of alpaca knitwear. Whilst not expensive, they products were certainly not cheap.

The coffe shop offers home made cakes and light lunches, including Sussex Cream Tea. Where possible they use organic and/or fairtrade products. There is a large indoor seating area and more tables outside. The prices are quite reasonable.

It is also possible to go for a walk with a llama. This is seperate from the admission charge and costs £30 per person. The walk is for about 2.5 miles and lasts approx 1.5hrs. You are taken in a group with a guide. However the minimum age for this is 14, and so we were not able to take advantage of it.

Overall it is a nice place to visit but I cannot imagine it keeping any one occupied for more than a couple of hours. It is certainly not an all-day place.

Check out my review of Ashdown Forest Llama Park – I am Steaders – on Qype

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