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Banham Zoo, Banham
(4.3/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
Experience an award-winning attraction at Banham Zoo. The zoo provides the ultimate fun-filled day out at one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the country. You can discover and learn about almost 2,000 animals from around the world. Visit the Giraffe House, where several successful giraffe births have occurred. See the snow leopards at the Province of the Snow Cat display. Walk around the Lemur Encounters display, and check out the schedule to attend one of the daily feeding talks or animal presentations. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try the Safari Roadtrain, the adventure play area, and the Skytrek, a thrilling aerial trekking course and zipline. Make Banham Zoo a part of your Banham vacation plans using our Banham tourist route planner.
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  • Cost us £100 just to get in, some of the enclosures were empty and staff were not particularly friendly. Such a shame as we used to love this place when we were young. 
  • We came on holiday specifically to visit the zoo. We had a wonderful day, although was the hottest day of the year. We managed to walk around the park 3 times in our time there and still left long bef...  more »
  • My wife and I visited Banham Zoo with our 7 year old daughter and had one of the best family days out ever. We were very impressed with the whole set-up and the animals were so well looked after with ...  more »
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  • Very good Zoo, animals seem well cared for and happy, the staff are not just doing a job but seem committed to the animals they work with, their conservation work should be applauded.
  • We found it very relaxing to walk around the well kept, laid out grounds. I would say very good value for money, especially as we enjoyed the talks/feeds about a selection of some of the animals. The staff were very pleasant and enthusiastic about the animals, which was nice to see. The highlight for us was the Amazing Animals Show witch was very funny and great viewing and the Bird display , we all I loved it!!! Overall...........a great Zoo! Thank you :o)
  • Great selection of animals. Stand outs are the giraffe enclosure where you have the opportunity to feed them and the bird show which was awesome.
  • Been coming here for year's.. I used to take my daughter here now we come back with my grandaughter
  • Mixed review. THE GOOD POINTS: They have built more interactive enclosures where you can actually go in with the animals. For example, the Lemur enclosure allows you to walk through two sets of doors into a fenced area where you follow a path, there are two types of Lemur that walk, run and swing across to different grass areas surrounding you. There is only a simple, wooden, waist high fence separating the path from the grass where the animals sit and play. (NOTE: I have uploaded some pics to show just how close they are). You then exit through another two sets of doors , stopping to wash your hands on the way out. Another of my favourite interactive enclosures is the Eureka! house - a beautiful waterfall surrounded by lush planting full of birds and butterflies moving around you as you walk through. A bench where you can sit and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the place. Glass habitats of red footed tortoises, fruit tree bats, and sloth have open windows so they can come out as they please. Ropes above lead to food so the animals can fly/climb to their chosen spots. Again, double doors stop the animals escaping as you enter/leave. The road train is (currently) free allowing you to see many of the animals while sitting and listening to the drivers commentary, giving detailed and interesting information about some of the zoo's inhabitants. There are many feeding talks available too which give lots of information and enable you to see the animals up close. A flying show let's you see the birds of prey at their best and an indoor show let's you see many of the smaller inhabitants. A great playground is available for the children to run around in while the parents take 5 minutes to sit and relax. There is also a food hall and picnic tables available for lunch. There is also a snack shack available, but unfortunately this leads us to the negative points... THE BAD POINTS: The 'Snack Shack' had hardly anything warm available. We weren't exactly late for lunch and yet there were only two sandwiches, one pizza and no sausage rolls or other warm foods available. We bought just four packets of crisps and this cost us £4.50 - a ridiculously high amount in my opinion. My advice: Pack a picnic! The food costs are waaay overpriced (if you can actually get what you want). After that we avoided the Parrot Pavilion entirely and decided to stop somewhere on the way home - this of course cut our day shorter than we would have otherwise liked. A problem with the interactive enclosures was that the magnetic locks didn't always work properly which meant you were trapped in there until a member of staff could let you out, and there wasn't always staff inside the enclosure. The penguin enclosure, for example, kept too many people trapped for far too long. Some people were trying to get out of the entrance while others were coming in, but you had to wait until someone opened the first door from the outside to get into the interim vestibule, then you had to wait again for someone to open the second door from the outside. The whole process was a nightmare. I like penguins but I don't want to be in there all day! Unfortunately this problem wasn't just in the penguin enclosure, but at least they had a member of staff in with the Lemurs. Although the staffs expertise was basically kicking the doors as hard as possible lol. The cost to get in the zoo itself seemed to high in my opinion. Although they give you the opportunity to pay even more so you're donating, the fact that for a family of four it can cost you over £70 already, I think they're pushing their luck quite frankly. Add to that the amount they charge for food and drinks, the gift shop, and other subsidiaries like the Sky Trek it can be quite an expensive day out. I remember when I was younger you would see people's names on the enclosures as they sponsored animals, but you don't see them any more and I think that's because people simply can't afford to do it after paying all the zoo's other prices. HAVE FUN, BUT TAKE YOUR WALLET!