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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I haven't been to ZSL Whipsnade for some years and was surprised how much it had changed for the better. The entry fee is quite expensive but you really do get a very full and entertaining day out. We... more »
I hadn’t been to Whipsnade since I was a little girl and my memories were very dusty - so it was with anticipation we set off to take our little girls on their first visit to the zoo. And what a lovel... more »
My boyfriend and I visited the zoo and it was a great day out. Food is expensive but we took our own and found nice places to sit and eat. There were lots of animals there, and good view of them all. ... more »
This is one zoo where each animal seems to proudly proclaim "We're well taken care of". Indeed one of the best zoo's to visit ... remember it's not a Safari park ... with animals seemingly at-home even when caged though most having vast open areas to themselves. Our best bit was visiting the Elephants centre with the pachyderms displaying so much intelligence and quick wittidness when communicating with their own kind. They were kept busy with their feed hung high in baskets on the ceiling, making them work hard to fetch it ... have their trunks good exercise. Our kids also enjoyed the Giraffe's being fed. The Amur (Siberian) Tigers though seemed to be deep in slumber after, probably, a hearty meal.
Amazing place to visit!! I highly recommend getting an annual pass if possible as it is pretty expensive when you are taking several children. Food is reasonably priced but consists of mainly sandwiches and cake so would suggest bringing your own picnic to be honest. The gift shop is also very reasonable and has a lovely range of gifts from stickers to cuddly toys. The zoo is very big so you may struggle to see it all in one day ( hence me saying about the annual pass ) but the massive positive on this is there is always something to find and do!!
The grandchildren seem to love Whipsnade and they get plenty of exercise. I'm happy because I can let them run wild and the place appears to be unbreakable. Every time we visit the zoo, they make a bee line for the butterfly house. The restaurant does a selection of burgers and chips, so lunch is sorted. The restaurant also has this snazzy electronic ordering system from a tablet on every table top. The kids order their own food, so check carefully before putting in the final order. Think of becoming a member, it is cheaper in the long run.
Had an excellent day out at Whipsnade. Highly recommend the steam train ride (but beware it is additional cost to entry ticket, £4.50 per adult) lots of places to have pick-nick and some nice cafes. Lots of walking though as its all quite spread out but if weather is good its not too much of problem. Will be going again soon
I really appreciated the Hullabaloo soft play session being included in the price and the animal presentation for the toddlers. The park wasn't too full, the sales in the shop are great and we love the shows. Got to see the tigers close up as they were being fed! The giraffe house is excellent too. The food in the new restaurant is too expensive for us, but the service in the cafe by the viewpoint is excellent.
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