ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Ticket & Hotel Deals
Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, Dunstable, LU6 2LF.
- ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is home to over 3000 animals
- ZSL Whipsnade was one of the sets for ITV's Primeval TV programme
- A great family-friendly attraction with exciting live demonstrations!
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Whipsnade Zoo is the UK’s largest zoo and is a great day out for animal lovers.
About ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is home to a menagerie of animals, and visitors can see them in their huge outdoor enclosures and wander around the many fantastic animal exhibits. You can see the many beasts that walked our land in ‘Wild Wild Whipsnade’, featuring bears, moose lynx and reindeer, or you can head over to see the big cats in the ‘Lions of Serengeti’, as well as beasts and cats, you can meet the chimps in the ‘Chimpanasium’. There are also many more animal exhibits, including 'Elephant Herd', 'Cheetah Rock' and 'Birds of the World'. In addition to the larger outdoor exhibits, there is also a smaller indoor 'Discover Centre' exhibit which houses a number of smaller, exotic animals such as snakes, spiders and chameleons.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Highlights
- Make friends with many animals, including elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers and rhinos
- Learn all about your favourite animals at the daily shows, feeds and demonstrations
- Don’t miss the fun-packed, acrobatic Sealion Splash show which takes place daily at 12pm
- Take a ride on the zoo's Jumbo Express; a steam engine which explores the territories of some of the most inspiring animals
What Makes it Super
A great day out for all the family, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo offers something for all ages. There is big fun for little ones at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s family festival, and there is a fun-filled summer festival which includes giant games, bouncy castle, storytelling and face painting. At Whipsnade Zoo in 2018, meet the zoo's newest animals including Cinderella and Snow White, two brown bears and Hodor the baby hippopotamus.
New for Summer 2019Aquarium at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Opening Friday 26th July, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will open the UK’s first Aquarium dedicated to conserving the world’s most astonishing and endangered freshwater fish! Explore the vibrant flooded forest in Brazil and come across an amazing African puddle bringing families face-to-face with some of the rarest and most unique fish species in existence.Introducing a New Zoo Baby!
Say Hello to Maui, the Sea Lion Pup
Born on 12 June, Maui the adorable sea lion pup already loves to swim and explore and when he gets too tired he holds onto his mums back for a lift around the pool. Visit Maui and the family at Whipsnade Zoo this summer!
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Reviews
A lot of money to walk round enclosures where young children can’t see animals that are lying down,
Stay Date: 07/2019, Jan H wrote this review.
Visited on Saturday 13th July 2019 2 adults - child of almost 4. Positives Loved the tigers the elephants the rhino the meerkats and we were lucky the lions actually got up and moved whilst we were there. All staff at the train fantastic and the tra… See more
Visited on Saturday 13th July 2019 2 adults - child of almost 4. Positives Loved the tigers the elephants the rhino the meerkats and we were lucky the lions actually got up and moved whilst we were there. All staff at the train fantastic and the train journey was good, good view of certain animals We ate at River Kitchen - Not cheap but good quality food and staff very helpful and pleasant Grandson loved the outdoor play area. Negatives Poor signs - food areas well sign posted though! Lots of animals lying down so young children can’t see them- enclosures with nothing in. No soap in the toilets just after mid-day Couldn’t find any staff just after 4pm - issue in the outdoor play area and no staff to be found anywhere. It advises parents responsible for children but when there is a major incident there should be staff available. Surely health and safety should be down to Whipsnade. The farm they put the goats away and closed everything up very early. On the information you are provided with at entry no mention of times for the farm. There were a lot of disappointed children. Surely it should be open until the zoo closes - they manage to keep all the shops open! Train expensive for a family - surely this could be included in the entry cost - or reduced Useful information If you have young children - take scooters it’s a lot of ground to cover for a little one. You can take picnics and food with you - nice areas to eat are available - pack it thoughtfully so as once you eat you aren’t left dragging a cool box round. Collapse
Fun day out
Stay Date: 07/2019, ecosquirrel2015 wrote this review.
Large zoo so the fact I could take my car in was a massive positive with my three young kids. Large selection of animals that are allowed to roam in large areas. Even met the friendly wallabies roadside. Off peak many off the restaurants are closed … See more
Large zoo so the fact I could take my car in was a massive positive with my three young kids. Large selection of animals that are allowed to roam in large areas. Even met the friendly wallabies roadside. Off peak many off the restaurants are closed so best to ask at the entrance what’s open. Collapse
Actually see loads of exotic animals enjoying sizeable habitat
Stay Date: 07/2019, NotWillSelf wrote this review.
I took my nearly-6-year old today and we spent 5 hours there. Of that, 25 mins was in the excellent outside playground and 45 minutes in the soft play facility. We saw dozens of exotic animals clearly and relatively close, all of whom seemed happy an… See more
I took my nearly-6-year old today and we spent 5 hours there. Of that, 25 mins was in the excellent outside playground and 45 minutes in the soft play facility. We saw dozens of exotic animals clearly and relatively close, all of whom seemed happy and healthy. Playfulness and relaxation was common amongst the animals and we saw all the box office draws easily. The train is cheap and charming and a pleasant way to see the extensive Asian zone. We caught a couple of the talks and they were informative and fun and clearly positioned to keep the youngsters engaged. A super day out! Collapse
Wonderful, inspiring day out
Stay Date: 07/2019, C k wrote this review.
I visited for the first time. Very impressed. Here are my tips: -it's big! Arrive early, you will really need the full day to wander around. - driving there, the whole area is really beautiful and feels like you're heading for the wild -go to the sh… See more
I visited for the first time. Very impressed. Here are my tips: -it's big! Arrive early, you will really need the full day to wander around. - driving there, the whole area is really beautiful and feels like you're heading for the wild -go to the shows, they are very informative, entertaining and the best chance to see the animals close. The birds of the world show is truly breathtaking. And great how they build the conservation message into the shows -at the lions den, if you're lucky you can look into the lions eyes from literally inches away as it passes the glass wall. -the butterfly house is stunning And REMEMBER that ZSL is a charity, fighting to save these animals from extinction. Yes you can potentially spend alot on refreshments, but that's the same at every visitor attraction in the world. Your money here will not be going to a wealthy owner or corporation. Collapse
Big zoo, space to move, big enclosures.
Stay Date: 07/2019, Doronjon81 wrote this review.
A family of four with 2 children under 4, we had a great time. As with all zoos I worry about animal welfare and enclosure size but I can honestly say this is the best zoo I have been to in this regard. Very impressed, huge enclosures and seemingly d… See more
A family of four with 2 children under 4, we had a great time. As with all zoos I worry about animal welfare and enclosure size but I can honestly say this is the best zoo I have been to in this regard. Very impressed, huge enclosures and seemingly dedicated staff. The zoo is massive and a bit of a trek with 2 young kids but there is lots of routes and space and all paths are buggy accessible. Transferring buggy from path to road to grass was a bit of a chore at times, lack of dropped kerbs etc, but a very minor gripe. Price wise it's all a little expensive although not ridiculous, pretty much as expected at a big tourist attraction. River cottage was tasty and a beautiful setting, again pricey at £5.50 for a pre packed, if tasty deli sandwich. The train was fun and informative, if a little short, it costs extra and isn't cheap, but again not ridiculous. Overall highly recommended. The amount of big animals is amazing and welfare etc very high, a tiring day with kids but very enjoyable. Prices acceptable if a bit high. Will be returning. Collapse
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