Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park
Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park in Milton Keynes is a stand alone attraction next to the main theme park on the site. It is smaller than the theme park and offers a different experience, more suited to younger children. I’m not going to give a full review here but I will give you an idea of what to expect from your day and how it compares to all the other dinosaur attractions we have visited.
Accommodation at Gulliver’s in Milton Keynes
The Dinosaur and Farm Park and Gulliver’s Land Theme Park are both part of a bigger resort complex. As well as the attractions they also have a splash zone and various other leisure facilities. There is a camp site or you can book one of several different themed accommodation. We stayed in one of the Dino Den Cabins. You should check out this post for a full guide to all the accommodation available at Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes.
Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park have some great animated dinosaurs around the park. The larger ones hang over the walkways, roaring at you as you pass. The smaller ones can be found hiding in bushes along a path. It’s all quite fun.
They also have older, static dinosaurs which populate the banks of the riverboat ride. You always know these older style dinosaurs (all dinosaur parks still have a few) from their slightly bloated look. The Brachiosaurus is still magnificent though and the T-Rex is pretty good too.
Ted (age 3) was particularly taken by another static dinosaur in a play area. It was a T-Rex with a baby in it’s mouth, depicting maternal care in this ferocious predator. To a three year old it’s just simply eating its babies. The T-Rex could be found in an entertaining area that could easily be missed. It had some cave man themed interactive play things.
In the dinosaur part of the park there are three rides of note. All three are tame and child-friendly. The observation platform, where you are taken up in a cage-like structure to look down on the tree-tops.
There is a boat ride, which I liked as I don’t think I’ve seen anything similar at any other dinosaur parks. You are given a gentle tour of the static dinosaurs with some commentary.
The final option is for children to ride on the back of a strangely moving dinosaur. Three year old Ted really didn’t know what to make of it and his helmet kept trying to fall off. It would be spot on for a 4 or 5 year old.
Other Activities in the Dinosaur Park
Aside from the rides and dinosaurs themselves, Gulliver’s has a few other activities for children in the dinosaur park.
1. The Bone Yard
This is a cool room full of fossils and other bits and pieces for kids to touch and feel. This sort of thing is right up my street. (See post on The Sedgwick Museum).
2. Dinosaur Dig Site
This has become a staple of all dinosaur parks and why not? Kids love a sand pit. This one had various different stations for the kids to try out fossil hunting.
3. Wrist Band Challenge
On arrival children are given a wrist band which they can scan at different stations to get clues. The clues tell them where to go next. The challenge is to get to all stations and once completed you can claim a prize from the gift shop. This was a highlight for us.
4. The Reptile House
There is a good sized Reptile House with a variety of different species of reptile and minibeasts to see.
The farm is the older part of Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park. The kids will always love a tractor ride and the play area here was just right for small children. There’s not a huge number of animals here as they don’t have a lot of space to play with but there is a good range of different species. The growing beds in this area are well maintained and an excellent learning resource.
Insect Island at Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park is pitched as an area of giant living creepy crawlies. It was still under construction when we visited in 2018 but it looked pretty cool. We plan to return this year to give an updated review of the area.
Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park Prices and Information
You can find up to date prices and opening times on their website here. The park is open from March to September each year. Cheaper tickets are available to purchase via the link above or you can pay on arrival.
The park has all the usual amenities including food outlets and a large gift shop.
Would we Recommend Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park
We had a really good day out at the dinosaur park and I am sure most families would enjoy it. There are plenty of things for young children to do. I would recommend you check it out. We enjoyed combining it with a stay in the Adventurer’s Village. It enhanced the experience and made a great budget mini-break.