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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

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Zoo / Aquarium
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo stands as the UK's biggest zoo, covering 243 hectares (600 acres). You can see many of the more than 2,500 animals by walking or using the zoo's bus service. You can even drive your own car through the Passage Through Asia exhibit, where the animals roam freely. Check out cheetahs, Asian elephants, Amur tigers, African lions, and Nepalese rhinos in expansive habitats. See unusual wildlife, such as red pandas and pygmy hippos. Kids can interact with horses, cows, alpacas, and llamas in the children's farm. Daily events include zookeeper talks, feedings, and animal demonstrations, so check the schedule before you visit. The zoo has plenty of venues for food and drink. Book tickets online to avoid waiting in line at the entrance. Plan your ZSL Whipsnade Zoo visit and explore what else you can see and do in Dunstable using our Dunstable vacation route planner.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We went to ZSL with 3 kids. Zoo is amazing and huge. Make sure you choose a sunny day to visit and definitely not windy. You need to spend almost full day to be able to see all that is on. With young ...  more »
  • I understand that Whipsanade have the animals welfare at heart and that they are well looked after in the most natural conditions possible, but where the zoo lets itself down is in the condition of ge...  more »
  • First visit here for many years. Came with a large group including grandchildren. £18.50 each for a three year old and a four year old is very expensive plus over £25 per adult. On top of that an extr...  more »
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  • Love the zoo here. In season there is also steam train rides. Multiple food places. Huge playground. Good talks and demonstrations with the animals. Also indoor soft play. Best to take car inside and drive round if you have small kids as long way to walk the whole thing
  • We go here all the time. We have annual membership which is very reasonable. Absolutely huge place with a great range of animals. There's a free bus to get you around too. Lots of work has gone into making this zoo an unforgettable experience including the habitats, viewing platforms and exhibits. There's a small indoor play area and a huge outdoor play area so the kids can play while you have a coffee break. There are lots of cafes onsite, actually serving a pretty healthy range of food at reasonable prices. Definitely recommend.
  • A superb day out for the family. Loads of animals to see, a lovely walk between enclosure's and an excellent play area too. We've visited several times over the years and it's been a unanimous hit on every occasion.
  • Great day out and do many animals to see. The animals have lots of space and you can even take your car in. We normally walk it and sometimes use their free shuttle bus that runs through the park. The kids also like the large play area.
  • Amazing Zoo Park. Lots of animals and beautiful little safari where you can drive between animals. Great option for day out and picnic. Last time we had a coffee right next to my favourite White Rhinos. Watch out for some animals walking freely around, including peacock and kangaroos.