ZSL Whipsnade Zoo | Day Out With The Kids

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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

  • Dunstable
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Attraction Information

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is the largest in the UK with 3,800 unique creatures and 600 acres of stunning scenery. Spend a day discovering new breeds you’ve never even heard of before!

Who to visit first? Travel through wild animal territory on the Jumbo Express Steam Train, marvel as the cheetahs speed past and greet the rhinos in their paddock. Then get an up-close introduction with the world’s tallest mammal - the giraffe - on a specially built viewing platform. And don’t miss out on ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s special aquarium dedicated to the most fascinating and endangered freshwater fish – some of which are already extinct in the wild! 

Enjoy daily animal shows and talks so your little explorers can learn all about the locals and their habitats. They can even take a seat at the table during a Lemur Breakfast! If not cereal and toast, what do these ring tailed lovelies eat first thing? Find out with an early morning visit.

  • Largest zoo in the UK with 205 different species
  • Travel through animal territory on a Jumbo Express Steam Train
  • Daily animal shows
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Opening hours

25th March - 2nd September 2018
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

3rd September - 19th October 2018
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

20th - 27th October 2018
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

28th October - 15th February 2019
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes


General Admission
Adults from £21.60
Kids from £14.04
Concessions from £19.44

Prices vary by date, please check with the attraction for details.

Travel & Contact Information


Chiltern Hills AONB, Whipsnade, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF, England

Phone number

0344 225 1826



Click here to visit ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

ZSL Car Park
Non Member: £25.00
ZSL Member: £12.50

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Access to the Owl Wood may cause wheelchair users some difficulty, as it is covered by bark chippings in order to subdue the noise. 

Yes, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo have stated they are pushchair friendly.

No dogs allowed

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