ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

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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. Arrange your visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and discover more family-friendly attractions in Dunstable using our Dunstable trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • Visited Whipsnade with friends and there children and had a great day. The butterfly house was a real highlight. We choose to park in the car park and walk the whole park which we did at comfortable p...  more »
  • The zoo is great- a bit pricey but plenty to see. As a zoo full marks. However, the River Cottage is to be avoided if you intend eating. Over-priced, service fine, food options very limiting - definit...  more »
  • This zoo had the most amazing animals. Everything you could think of was there to see! It's really huge so take good sturdy shoes (expect some mud if wet weather) Sadly I didn't feel comfortable with ...  more »
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  • Whipsnade zoo is incredible. Went off peak season and it was just fascinating. Such a large site with so many different animals. There are some spectacular views as you walk around. Many animals just walking around as you go along. There is the opportunity to drive round which does cost slightly more. We walked around and still saw plenty. I highly recommend seeing the elephants 🐘 in their new house 🏡 and the bears 🐻 there are new additions to the bear family. Also for families there is the farm where u can interact with animals. Do go check it out. ☺ 👍
  • A great day out for the family to enjoy and for learning about the preservation of numerous animal species. Has a petting farm and soft play for children (the soft play requires booking of slots and gets busy). The River Cottage restaurant is newly refurbished and the Base Camp cafeteria is undergoing redevelopment. Tip: if you want waffles get to the sweet treats hut by the cheetahs by about 2ish, the waffle mix may run out.
  • We went in the winter and a lot of the animals was inside and were hard to see. Lots of walking without anything to see. The butterfly house is amazing. I've never seen such large butterflies. I think they should do a winter discount price. Recommend a summer visit.
  • Great day out. I took our two year old and she loved it. Lots of things to keep kids occupied throughout the park. The 600 acre elephant enclosure being a particular highlight. The only downside was the sky high price of food and drink in the park. In the summer a picnic would be perfect.
  • Had great day out here, would highly recommend for families with young children. Lots to see here and well worth seeing the sea lion show and taking a ride on the train. Will definitely be going back as easily two days worth to see everything properly. We didn't bring a pushchair with us and were very grateful that we could hire one once here, as a lot of walking for little ones.

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