Twycross Zoo (3 miles)
Set in 50 acres of parkland, Twycross is known throughout the world for its apes and monkeys. This conservation centre breeds endangered species, such as Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Monkeys and Parrots. Here you will see Giraffes, Otters Giant Tortoises and Flamingos. Make sure you see the Sealions and Penguins at feeding time and all of our new arrivals.
Tropical Birdland (7 miles)
Come and see hundreds of beautiful and exotic birds. Wander around our "walk-through" aviary. Sit with our friendly free-to-fly birds. And more.
Plantasia (7 miles)
Explore the UK’s largest collection of permanent mazes, feed the carp, visit the animal field, clamber over the tree top trail, explore the woodland walk or just sit and enjoy the colours, sounds and smells of nature. Spread over 30 acres, there is plenty of room for all that energy.
National Sea Life Centre (23 miles)
National Sea Life Centre
Escape city life and step into tropical paradise of an aquarium in the heart of the buzzing city of Birmingham. At the National SEA LIFE centre you can take an amazing marine voyage beneath the waves and experience so much more!
Birmingham Nature Centre (24 miles)
Birmingham Nature Centre
Home to an impressive range of animals and reptiles from across the world, including some endangered species, Birds, Reptiles and Insects.
British Wildlife Rescue Centre (27 miles)
British Wildlife Rescue Centre
Centre for treatment of sick and injured British wildlife. Displaying animals and birds which cannot be released to the wild.
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone (28 miles)
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone
Our Animal Zone houses a varied collection of animals and birds from around the world. See our own Meerkat family and count their babies, watch our Red Lemurs playing outside in their enclosure and see our Wallabies, Raccoon Dogs and all the other animals, which bring animals of the world into one place.
Dudley Zoo and Castle (28 miles)
Dudley Zoo and Castle
Lions and tigers to snakes and spiders. Go wild at Dudley Zoo! Come face to face with lemurs as they roam in the trees. Watch amazing Birds of Prey, meet friends on the farm and look out for Ghosts in the Castle! Gift shop, restaurant, face painting and land train.
Holdenby Falconry Centre (32 miles)
Holdenby Falconry Centre
The Falconry Centre contains many species of birds of prey, flown by the resident Falconer. Some of the beautiful birds are pictured below. There may be a chance to fly them yourself.
Matlock Bath Aquarium (32 miles)
Matlock Bath Aquarium
From Piranahs to Terrapins. There is a large open pool which is fed by a thermal spring and illuminated at night containing common carp, mirror carp and koi carp. The fish may be fed by visitors with fish food obtained on the premises.
Blackbrook Zoological Park (34 miles)
Blackbrook Zoological Park
They have a wealth of attractions on offer to see, including rare birds, unusual animals, reptiles, insects, kid's favourite Lemur Lodge, Pelican Cove, Swan Lake and the utterly charming World of Penguins!
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre (36 miles)
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre
- a small sanctuary for unwanted and mistreated exotic animals and birds of prey. Home to a wide variety of creatures including, Owls, Hawks, Snakes, Monkeys, Raccoons, Wild cats, Lizards,Fruit bats, Falcons, Terrapins and much more it's a great afternoon out for the family.
Monkey Forest (37 miles)
Unique to the UK! The only place you can walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques in 60 acres of beautiful English forest. Guides are located on the three quarter mile path to inform you of all the monkeys’ behaviour ensuring you have an exciting and memorable day.
Catanger Llama Trekking (40 miles)
Catanger Llama Trekking
Catanger Llama Trekking - Although you can't actually ride them, these lovely pack animals will willingly carry your rucksack, whilst you enjoy the beautiful scenery. What better way to get away from it all than by leading a gentle llama along bridleways, farm tracks and country lanes. A perfect way to de-stress.
West Midland Safari Park (40 miles)
West Midland Safari Park
Voted the Best Attraction in the West Midlands by Kids and Parents, West Midland Safari Park combines four-miles of self-drive safari, including UK’s largest pride of White Lions, plus Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah, Giraffe, etc. Plus, Discovery Trail, Penguin Cove, African Village, Walk-through Lemurs, live shows, family rides, shops and restaurants.
Cotswold Falconry Centre (47 miles)
Moreton In Marsh
Cotswold Falconry Centre
Birds of prey are constantly showing off their skills at this amazing centre, where breeding and conservation are of paramount importance. Many different types of birds of prey are on display here, including eagles, hawks, owls and falcons.
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park (50 miles)
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park boasts otters, 16 species of owls and other indigenous wildlife all in their natural surroundings including, buzzards, pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and deer.
Hamerton Zoo Park (50 miles)
Hamerton Zoo Park
There's more than just seeing their collection of animals, they also recently built two excellent standard completely new play areas, one for babies and toddlers and the other for older children.
Birdland Park and Gardens (55 miles)
Birdland Park and Gardens
For fantastic family fun and excitement, enjoy a day at one of the UKâs biggest bird gardens, discover an array of amazing wildlife and family. Situated in the picturesque Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds, Birdland boasts a beautiful natural setting of woodland, river and water gardens that are inhabited by over 500 birds - flamingos, pelicans, colourful parrots to laughing kookaburras and magical owls.
Baytree Owl Centre (58 miles)
Baytree Owl Centre
One of the largest and most varied selections of owls and birds of prey you will ever see, combined with a large indoor flying arena, the Baytree Owl centre provides a unique interactive experience for all ages. Over 80 birds of prey are on display, some in breeding pairs, some just resting between flights in the arena.
Woburn Safari Park (58 miles)
Woburn Safari Park
For an amazing family day out, go on a safari drive adventure in the heart of Bedfordshire! Come to Woburn Safari Park and meet the wildlife, with over 80 species of wild animals roaming in 300 acres of beautiful parkland. Youâll find us just off Junction 13 of the M1 in Bedfordshire.
Crocodiles of the World (59 miles)
Crocodiles of the World
See more than 70 crocodiles, alligators and caimans, often through underwater viewing enclosures for eye-to-eye encounters! Talks, tours, feeding demonstrations and photo opportunities available. Please note the limited opening times.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park (60 miles)
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
From Wallaby Walkabout to land of the Tigers all the kids' furry favourites are here! The latest feature is a 100 sq m viewing platform where visitors come face to face with endangered leopards as they scale their 10m high climbing frames!
Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park (61 miles)
Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park
Come along and enjoy flying displays, pig racing, tropical butterflies, snakes, reptiles, trout fishing and much more. Indoor and outdoor play areas for the children and barn style tea rooms for grown ups to relax.
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre (62 miles)
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre
Set in 50 acres in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre & Countryside Park offers everything for the perfect day out.
Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre (62 miles)
Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre
One of the UK's Largest Bird of Prey Centres, with over 200 birds and displays throughout the day it's a fascinating trip for kids. After each flying display there will be the opportunity to handle some of the owls!
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (62 miles)
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
has over 260 animal species in over 160 acres of stunning gardens and parkland. Giraffe Walkway, Lemur Walk-through exhibit, Train, Adventure Playground, Picnic Areas, Children's Farmyard, Brass Rubbing, Tropical House, Reptile House, Bat House and Insect House.
Cheshire Falconry (62 miles)
Enjoy the Junior Owl Experience at the Cheshire Falconry Centre. Using the most calm and tolerant birds of prey in the collection, children will have the experience of a lifetime as they fly an owl for the first time.
The Raptor Foundation (63 miles)
The Raptor Foundation
A bird of prey sanctuary and hospital. It is a unique and exciting place for children and adults alike to meet and learn about owls, falcons, hawks and buzzards in a 30 acre site.
Mead Open Farm (63 miles)
Mead Open Farm
Huge indoor play, maximum hands-on farmyard fun and numerous family outdoor activities. Expect the best at award winning Mead Open Farm.
Vale Royal Falconry Centre (64 miles)
Vale Royal Falconry Centre
is a new British birds of prey and wildlife visitor attraction set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside. Suitable for all ages, friends and families can experience these magnificent creatures up close and get involved in handling and flying these beautiful birds under direct supervision.
International Centre for Birds of Prey (66 miles)
International Centre for Birds of Prey
Three flying demonstrations with commentary, every day. The Centre caters for school visits, and is renowned for its expertise in education, conservation and training. Courses in falconry and photography are available. Shop, cafe, education facilities, attractive gardens and picnic areas.
Butterfly and Wildlife Park (67 miles)
Butterfly and Wildlife Park
Tropical Insect House, Birds of Prey, exotic animals, adventure playground plus herb, bee and butterfly gardens to explore. Displays available.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (68 miles)
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
There’re loads of reasons to be wild about ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Home to more than 2500 species, a visit can get you close to some of the world’s hairiest, scariest, tallest and smallest animals. Set on 600 acres, in the rolling Chiltern Hills, there’s epic adventure awaiting you at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
Chester Zoo (71 miles)
With 110 acres to explore, there are 8000 animals at the award winning Chester Zoo: voted one of the top zoos in the world and the UK's number one charity.
Ponderosa (73 miles)
Disabled and disadvantaged children of all ages can engage in a variety of interesting and stimulating activities. Huge selection of activities available involving rare breeds, reptile rooms, zip wire slides, beaches and sandpits, plus indoor and outdoor play areas.
Parrot Zoo (73 miles)
Now the UK’s largest collection of parrots with nearly 2000 birds covering over 100 species, but there’s not just parrots here, you will also see Marmosets, Meerkats, Lemurs, Giant Tortoises, Snakes, Kookaburras and many more.
Blue Planet Aquarium (73 miles)
Blue Planet Aquarium
Has over 100 living displays in six themed areas showcasing a spectacular variety of life from the deep.
Visit our Caribbean Reef display, complete with 230ft underwater tunnel, which houses Europe's largest collection of sharks Ãâ" including the Jawsome three metre long Sand Tiger Sharks.
Shepreth Wildlife Park (73 miles)
Shepreth Wildlife Park
See animals of all kinds, from tigers to creepy crawlies. Get hands on in our Discovery Centre. There are two indoor soft play areas and a cafeteria, as well as an outdoor adventure play with pirate ship and fort. Keeper talks run throughout the day.
Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience (75 miles)
Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience
is a tropical oasis packed with fish, quail, terrapin and butterflies as well as a collection of plants from all over the world, where families can enjoy the all year round tropical atmosphere to explore. Plus adventure playground.
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