The Monkey Sanctuary

The Monkey Sanctuary is situated in beautiful woodland overlooking the Looe bay. For over 30 years the Victorian house and gardens have been home to a colony of Woolly monkeys.

Our grounds and gardens are landscaped in an unspoilt area of natural coastal woodlands which shelter many native plants and insects. Protected species such as the pearl bordered fritillary are encouraged by careful management of of our wildlife gardens and pond.

The gardens are open for you to explore. We have a forest garden where edible plants are grown for the monkeys, a Victorian garden and spring and summer wildflower meadows.

For quieter moments you may find the opportunity to sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy the panoramic sea view. For children there is an adventure play ground, The grounds and gardens cared for by the Monkey sanctuary trust which in addition to its work in conservation and welfare for primates, seeks to promote conservation and sustainability in Cornwall.

In the gardens and house there are numerous displays on plants, ecology and wildlife conservation. 2003 saw the opening of the new ‘Bat cave’. Here visitors get a fascinating insight into the hidden world of bats. Live footage of our lesser horseshoe bat colony is displayed through CCTV link from our cellar.

In addition to the beautiful grounds there is a tree top cafe serving delicious vegetarian fare. There are also talks, indoor displays and staff on hand to give insight on the woolly monkeys. Not forgeting the monkeys themselves which can be seen in large enclosures including an open topped trees enclosure.


From Plymouth: take A38 to the Trerulefoot roundabout (near Tidefoot), follow signs to Looe until you see signs for The Monkey Sanctuary
From Liskeard: take A38 towards Plymouth, follow signs to Looe until you see signs for The Monkey Sanctuary
From Looe: head towards Plymouth until you see signs for The Monkey Sanctuary.


  • Cafe
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Picnic area
  • Partial wheelchair access

Opening Times / Admission

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Address: The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1NZ
Telephone: 01503 262532

Additional Information

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