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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.2/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • The enclosures had litter inside, lack of animals and a very expensive trip for seeing no animals. The staff were not very helpful and not very engaging at all. The food was expensive and to queue for...  read more »
  • Ive always wantee to go whipsnade zoo and have been nagging my other half for ages so we finially went. The free car park is hugh and about 2 mins from zoo itself. The staff atuomaticially put the don...  read more »
  • It is certainly an experience. Sleeping amongst the animals and waking up at 5 with the roar of the lions feeding chimps, hogs etc and watching seal, bird and other shows is really much better than go...  read more »
  • Huge space and well maintained, but sometimes it's difficult to watch animals because they are so far away. You really need time to see it all, a lot of walking, we envied children their scooters! It's a good place for all day out, no problem to find the a table for a picnic or clean toilet if you need it. Be sure to check when they have sea lions show, it's good fun and some interesting information too.
  • Worthy of its longstanding reputation! It's rather large and being in hilly territory makes it a bit windy at times, so do bring a coat! You'll need a full day to see everything here. I do wish they could make the pathways and roads a bit nicer as there is a bit of wear and tear. One tip: they have a nice picnic room with tables and chairs so if you bring your own food you can eat there.
  • Wow! Such a large, well maintained and bueatiful zoo with-in city limits. My son and daughter really enjoyed watching shows and animals. Place is quite large and does not look like typical zoo it neither is a safari. Shows are informative and enjoyable. I loved the butterfly dome. We took the car inside the zoo but i think it is not needed as enclosures are well placed and easy to walk around.
  • Could easily spend all day here. Lovely in the summer, bring a picnic or use the cafe, though they always have queues. The restaurant is not great if you have a pram as it's a little cramped. Fab daily talks and displays.
  • After paying a ridiculous amount to get in(£105 for 5), my family and I spent ages trying to spot any animals. Only saw lions, elephants, rhinos and hippos. supposedly 8 chimps...saw one slumped in corner! No otters.. one sealion (the show which we watched..lasted 10 mins)a lot of disappointed kids! Bought sandwiches and a drink....ripped off. Beware of the fast talking person at the till asking if you would like to donate a further £10 for the animal keep!!!! We asked him to repeat..and said no thanks...but so many people either didnt hear and just agreed. I think the entry fee was quite enough. Oh yes...dont park in the costs £25. There is a car park just down the road which is free and you walk through an underpass (it takes only a few mins). Normally love zoos. Not this one!!!!
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