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ZSL London Zoo, London

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Opened in 1828, ZSL London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Housing nearly 755 species, with over 16,000 individual animals, this is one of the largest zoological collections in the entire country. This site is also noted for opening the first reptile house, public aquarium, insect house, and children’s zoo in the UK. Hundreds of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates are sheltered here, with several special areas spread across the park’s grounds. Don’t miss the Africa-themed section, with high-level viewing platforms providing a look into the world of zebras, warthogs, giraffes, and wild dogs. Beat the long entry lines by booking your tickets online. Make ZSL London Zoo part of your personalized London itinerary using our London tour itinerary maker .
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  • On a cold yet partially sunny day, we ventured to the Zoo. The small unassuming entrance should not dismay you. The greeters are cheerful and helpful. Once inside we had a limited amount of time so we...  more »
  • Entirely was okay, however, there were neither elephants nor bears. The food was overpriced and a complete rip off. The animals are largely good and however close to the look made and usually have well. But there are also old very run-down enclosure. You can go there, but must not.
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  • What a huge place, probably too much for the 4-5 hours we spent there. We tried to be selective and visit the places we wanted to, to coincide with any talks or feeding, but with a 6 year old in tow, ...  more »
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  • Lovely Zoo. Plenty to see and do. Allow the whole day to see everything if you have a young child. Lots of walking and time on your feet. I found admission reasonably expensive so again spend the whole day to gain value. Under 3s are free so that made my day better as I took my 15 month old. Take a packed lunch and plenty of water. Save spending money for the gift shop. Good site facilities. Great selection of animals. Can get busy and crowded. Pram and buggy friendly. I found out layout and little confusing and sometimes lacked flow. Important to collect a map on way in.
  • I haven't visited this place since I was a kid and decided to go recently with my partner. Plenty of parking close to the main entrance and on the road side (check online for disabled parking and parking charges as varies) entrance fee is expensive, but once your in you can easily spend the day there. The cafe is sensibly priced while some of the small shops can be a bit pricey. I was impressed with the layout and how easy it was to make your way round without going back and forth or missing things. The animals were mostly easy to see with plenty of view points for each while allowing the animals plenty of space and areas to hide. Plenty of staff on hand for help and plenty of facilities close at hand. The whole zoo is well sign posted and easy to navigate. This is also a very disabled friendly place with, I think, nothing really out of reach. A large variety of animals, insects and birds that are clearly looked after. The park is well maintained. There are various talks and shows throughout the day and large picnic area. There are also areas where you can go in with the animals and insects (spiders- I'm still not sure how I was persuaded to do this) and the staff were brilliant to talk to and clearly very passionate about what they do. Brilliant day out.
  • Amazing place! Absolutely love this zoo. It's not too expensive, though take your own picnic to save money. There's nearby parking, easy access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. A great day out.
  • My family and I had a great time in the zoo today. It was my first visit. We ended up staying in the zoo for about 3 or 4 hours. It was amazing we listened to a few talks and saw the animals being fed. It was a fantastic visit and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone for a day out.
  • Very nice zoo with good variety of animals to see. The animal enclosures are well maintained. The zoo is Pram friendly which is good as there is lots of animals to see. Entrance is a bit pricey. The gift shop had a good selection of gifts. The cafe there was decent to, a bit pricey. I would recommend a visit.
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