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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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Reviews
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  • Eldest son had been wanting to go to the zoo again for a while and we decided to go today. It was a great day out. £140 for five of us as we're all classed as adults now... When you know it's going to...  more »
  • We visit Whipsnade once every couple of years. The zoo has improved since last time with a nice new elephant center and a few other new animals. The animals generally look happy and have lots of space...  more »
  • My partner and I went to Whipsnade zoo for a day out. It was easy to book tickets online on the way with 10% discount applied and tickets sent quickly via email. This saved hassle at the zoo although,...  more »
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  • A wonderful happy Zoo! We had a fun day - but do check entry price. This is NOT a cheap day out! If you are a 'frequent flyer' of zoos with family it is well worth becoming a member of ZSL...you are entitled to no charge for car & 2 adults!! Pays for itself in 2 visits to any of the zoos! Also recommend taking snacks/picnic! All that aside....please do go here, the animals are very accessible & so well cared for. Plus it really is a beautiful park! ENJOY😊
  • A great day out for all the family. Be warned there can be a lot of walking for little people but hey that tires them out. As well as a zoo, there is soft play and play grounds too and a small train ride (costs extra). Food is good and reasonable priced too! Dropped a star as some of the enclosures are too small considering all the free space.
  • This is absolutely the best zoo I’ve been to. The place is huge, you can even drive in the zoo with your own car (for some extra money). Animals have so much space there, I envy the penguins, who have a pool with spectacular view over downs. There are many animal talks throughout day, wide range of animals, including a little farm, huge playground, steam train and many places to eat. Totally recommend.
  • Visited on a rather miserable day which meant that a lot of the animals were hidden away or not really doing much. Which I can’t hold against the experience - what was a positive about the weather was that he Park was pretty much empty meaning that all the exhibits that had some action we got amazing views. One such was with the Giraffes that came right up close and pretty much licked us - which with a hoard of people probably wouldn’t have happened!! The Park was very clean, maybe a bit tricky to navigate if you forget to pickup a map like we did ! Would I go back in the summer yes - but I wouldn’t feel the need to pay the extra fee to be able to drive to each exhibit - walking is much more cost effective solution unless you have kids.
  • Great local venue and, aside from the Zoo itself, a great vantage point to view the Chiltern Hills as far as the eye can see. Great new Elephant House and the Butterfly House is the best part to meander around. Unfortunately the Wolves have gone however they have been replaced by African Hunting Dogs which are very interesting in their own right. My only disappointment is the state in which visitors leave the cafe area - shocking. Give the staff a chance and​ tidy up after yourselves!

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