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Best Zoos to Visit in the UK

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Dreaming about exploring the wildlife of Africa on a once-in-a-lifetime safari? Looking for a fun family day out in the UK this summer? We have you covered! You can do both and not even leave the country! In this article you’ll find some amazing zoological and wildlife parks, perfect for a fun getaway with children. The best part is, they are all in the UK. Learn more about the lions and the giraffes in some of the best city zoos in Europe or head on an adventure to Kent for an authentic safari experience. Also, many of the parks have unique children experiences and fun activities for kids of all ages. Read our post to find out the best zoos to visit in the UK and create some unforgettable memories this summer. 

London Zoo

Price: from £26 per Adult and £16.90 per Child. Flexi Tickets available. 

London Zoo is the oldest scientific zoo in the world and it first opened in 1828. Some of the animals you can find here are giraffes, zebras, lions, penguins, flamingos, tigers and more. The newest addition to the park is the “Tiny Giants” collection featuring some of the smallest living creatures on the planet. Explore underwater corals, exotic spiders, cute beetles and many more. Also, some of the bucket-list experiences you must try are feeding gorillas and close-up meetings with giraffes or penguins. Plus, children will love the chance to be zookeepers for a day or have a peek behind-the-scenes at the nation’s favourite London Zoo. Have a look at our London Zoo page for voucher codes and save on your next family holiday!

Chester Zoo

Price: From £24.55 per Adult and £19.55 per Child. 

Chester Zoo is one of UK’s largest and most loved wildlife parks in the country. There’s no surprise this is UK’s most visited zoo as it boasts a huge variety of species – over 20,000 animals and 128 acres of gardens to explore. Not only your family would enjoy close encounters with some truly extraordinary animals like elephants, rhinos, jaguars, Komodo dragon and more, but you will also have the chance to walk through stunning gardens. Our favourites are the Madagascar Grasses, the Sunken Garden, and the Orchids National Plant collection. Another must do is a visit to the Monsoon Forest and the Latin American Wetland Aviary where you will spot colourful bird species like the pink flamingo. 

Bristol Zoo 

Price: From £16.22 per Adult and £11 per Child. 

Bristol Zoo is more compact in terms of size compared to other parks; however, its content is amazing. Here you’ll find red pandas, African penguins, lemurs, kangaroos and many more. Also, Bristol Zoo features a reptiles house, an insect house and one of the best aquariums in England. It can also be a great way to spend half a day on your next family getaway to Bristol. One of the top experiences is a visit to the wonderful Twilight World where night and day are reversed using a variety of sound and light technologies. 

West Midland Safari Park

Price: from £20 per Adult and £16 per Child for admission to the zoo only. 

West Midland Safari Park is a marvellous award-winning safari park located in Worcestershire, England. Also, it’s home to over 165 species. Explore Africa’s giraffes, lions, and elephants before spotting Asia’s Indian rhino, tigers and Philippine spotted deer. Finish the family day out at the exciting Adventure Theme Park where the fun is guaranteed. Also, children will love the UK’s largest animatronic Dinosaur attraction and learn more about these extinct ancient creatures. Plus, you will be able to learn more about the Ice Age or witness the authentic life at an African village. Did we mention there’re also tons of activities for children and playgrounds on site? 

Whipsnade Zoo

Price: From £24 per Adult and £15.60 per Child. 

Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire in England UK’s biggest zoo and safari park. It is owned by the Zoological Society of London, a charity dedicated to conservation of animals and their habitat globally. Explore the exotic wildlife in the park and witness rare animals such as red pandas, hippopotamus, rhinos, cheetahs and more. Also, you can walk though the Passage Through Asia rolling paddock and spot camels, deer and yaks in their natural habitat. A visit to the fun Hullabazoo Farm is a must if you’re going with younger children! Moreover, the zoo offers some amazing experiences and activities designed for children of all ages such as the zoo academy, animal meetings, night camping and more. Visit our Whipsnade Zoo page for exclusive discount codes.

Port Lympne Reserve, Kent

Price: From £20 per Adult and £18.18 per Child. 

While safari in Africa looks quite impossible this summer, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dream yet. Port Lympne Safari Park & Hotel is spread on over 600 acres of idyllic countryside in Kent, England. The reserve offers an incredible collection of unique cottages, cabins, and safari tents. Another amazing experience is staying at an authentic Treehouse or the Tiger Lodge – wake up with a tiger at your window! If you want to enjoy stunning sea views, while at the same time exploring exotic wildlife, this is your perfect destination. Plus, it’s only a few hours away from London. Here you’ll have the incredible chance to spot bears, camels, giraffes, elephants and more. Also, the park has a wide range of children activities and experiences as well as a marvellous Dinosaur Forest. 

Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Pembrokeshire

Price: From £19.95 per Adult and £12.95 per Child. 

Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo is one of the best and most visited wildlife parks in Wales. It’s especially popular among families with younger children due to its wide range of activities and experiences for the little ones. You can spot over 750 animals at the zoo, try 17 different rides in the vintage fairground and take advantage of 8 incredibly fun play areas. If you’re looking for unforgettable experiences, we’re sure children will love the chance to feed a giraffe, penguin or even a lion! Moreover, kids can visit the Jolly Barn & Farm and pet the adorable friendly farm animals. 

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Price: From £20.95 per Adult and £19.04 per Child. 

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a fantastic wildlife area home to over 400 animals and 70 species from around the world. Learn more about endangered animals and spot lions, tigers, leopards, lemurs, Wallaby Walkabouts and many more. One of our favourite experiences is a Sunset safari. Witness the amazing animals settling down for the end of the day as the sun goes down in the background. It’s truly spectacular! 

Edinburgh Zoo 

Price: From £19.95 per adult and £11.35 per Child. 

Edinburgh Zoo is an amazing non-profit zoological park in Edinburgh, Scotland. Get close to penguins, watch the playful giant panda, and learn more about the koalas. Also, follow the Budongo Trail – one of the most innovative and interactive chimpanzee enclosures in the world. Don’t miss the zoo gardens too, home to over 1,000 trees! 

Looking for more staycation inspiration? Check out our article on the 10 Best National Parks to Visit in the UK  and the Top Camping Destinations in the UK this Summer. Moreover, one of the best ways to enjoy a day in a wildlife park is having a nice family picnic. That’s why we’ve prepared this handy guide for Picnic Food Ideas. Stores like Argos and Dunelm have all the picnic essentials you need.  

In addition, don’t forget to pack your raincoats and your outdoor clothes. We suggest checking brands like Boden, River Island and Joules for summer sales and savings. If you’re looking for ways to save on transportation, visit our page for Enterprise Rent-A-Car and browse the exclusive discounts our money-saving experts have picked for you. Also, check Trainline and Railcard for family deals when you travel by train.

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