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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. 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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  • We had a 2 hour drive to whipsnade but it was worth it. When we arrived several of the animals couldn't be seen but as the day progressed it got better. Had a great day out good Childrens indoor play ...  more »
  • A full day out for the family. I thought the entry was expensive to begin with but when you consider the amount of time you can spend there and the amount of animals it's ok. Pleased to see the large ...  more »
  • We have been going here as a family on and off for the past few years and we love it here. Loads of animals, lots of space and many things to do. A very enjoyable day out.  more »
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  • Loved the experience. Well kept animals and beautiful landscape connecting to Dunstable Downs. It is better if you have annual pass and visit regularly. Parked the car in outer parking which is free and done my 11000 steps in a nice sunny day and enjoyed taking photographs. Book tickets online to get discount.
  • 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 for 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 Unfortunately the Wolves have gone however they have been replaced by African Hunting Dogs which are very interesting in their own right.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!
  • Disappointed. Just seemed like a very expensive walk around a park. We had 2 under 3s who had a great time running around but scarcely realised they'd visited a zoo. We took the bus around the zoo and saw 3 elephants being walked. Some rhinos and zebras.. from a distance and flamingos. We got off the bus for a look around eventually made our way to some tired penguins, on leaving the enclosure there were no signs to direct you to a next spot.. we picked a path and trudged on poor grandpa in tow (thinking maybe I should've just paid the £25 to bring the car in for his sake) past the brown bears who were nowhere to be seen.. the chimps who seemed to be sleeping somewhere inside the dark enclosure. 'There don't seem to be many animals in this zoo' we commented to a passing lady with her 2 young boys; she picked up that we were only day visitors - with some sympathy - and not ZSL members like herself. At 5pm on a nice sunny day half term weekend the park and car park were nearly empty.. that good, for £28 per adult (which includes £3 donation.. in fine print) and not much less for children over 3.. oh and car park was 'free'.
  • A chair made out of Elephant poo! Children bored? Want to do something different, this single item was a huge hit. The zoo has great space and large grounds, all laid out really well. We walked just over 5 miles that day just around the enclosure. Do bring lots of water / snacks as that is the expensive item to buy on site.
  • We're members and here all of the time. It's a beautiful and extensive site. The children's play park is huge and caters to all age groups well. The soft play is also lovely with a great booking in system, on a busy day you had better go and get booked in first thing as there is a limited capacity. There are plenty of cafes dotted around the zoo with a good range of food, it is expensive but it's as you would expect for a zoo. There are plenty of well kept and accessible toilet facilities.

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