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ZSL London Zoo, London

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#2 of 129 in Zoos & Aquariums in England
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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. Use our London trip generator to visit ZSL London Zoo on your trip to London, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Ive always wanted to visit London Zoo and i got the chance a few weeks ago. We booked tickets online prior to visiting so we didn't have to wait and queue we just walked in when it opened. While walki...  more »
  • We thought another zoo, give it a try and we were glad we did. Fell in love with the gorillas, plus tigers and lions almost skipped the butterfly house due to the que but decided to wait and pleased w...  more »
  • Fun visit to the zoo for a 4, 7 and 9 year old. We took the tube and then a bus that dropped us off about a 15 minute walk from the entrance. not sure if we could have got closer. We used the London P...  more »
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  • Definitely worth a visit and you can make a great day out of it. Buying your ticket online can save you a bit of money and I would recommend bringing lots of snacks and water as the food inside is pretty expensive. In their restaurant a typical meal costs about £9 without a drink.
  • Great Zoo. The animals all look good and healthy and well cared for! Good value for money too if tickets are booked ahead too! There are lots of activities and hands on things for children to do, and so many animals to see. A great day out with hours of fun to be had
  • I'm honestly surprised to see complaints about pricing of tickets. Especially considering how much it costs to feed the beautiful animals you see. I'm also sure if the zookeepers could control where the critters hide they would change it but these are wild animals who probably like a bit of privacy. I have nothing but high praises for ZSL London. I will and always love going there. Only recently have I had the privilege of living in London and being able to have their membership. I would have done the highest patronage if I could afford it! All of the animals are well cared for and seem happy which is the most important thing. Also the staff are so amazing! Nothing more than praises, would give 100 stars if possible!
  • Got here just at the gates opened and were soon in looking at the vast array of animals. When walking around it never felt that it was over crowded even though is was a busy day. There are so many places to sit and just relax or just rest your feet. Had a really good day in the heat of summer.
  • A great zoo. The animals have much better enclosures than they did when I was a kid. The restaurant does fantastic food and is reasonably priced.

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