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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Address: Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2LF, England
Phone Number: +44 1582 872171
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Enjoy an epic day out at the UK's largest Zoo. Set in 600 acres of...
Enjoy an epic day out at the UK's largest Zoo. Set in 600 acres of panoramic scenery and rolling Chiltern Hills, and with over 2,741 unique animals and 193 different species ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is a group adventure you will never forget! See the elephants on their daily walk around the Zoo, view the majestic rhino in their huge paddock, meet our lion pride, spot the cheetahs as they speed by and don't forget to look up our lofty giraffes too!
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Its a big Zoo

On our way to See the elephants we were interrupted by well the elephants wandering down the road tail in trunk going on their little walk. The kids loved it!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

On our way to See the elephants we were interrupted by well the elephants wandering down the road tail in trunk going on their little walk. The kids loved it!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This zoo is known for conservation so do not expect the usual layout of many other large zoos. Very open and spread out which is good but does mean visitors are open to whatever the weather throws your way! We noticed that a new visitor centre is due to open in Spring 2015 so this will make a welcome addition.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Whipsnade zoo was opened to the public in May 1931.It is on the site of Hall farm which was purchased by the Royal society in 1926 for the princely sum of £13,480. The zoo covers 600 acres and was revolutionary at the time. The shear space allowed animals to be exhibited in natural groups, which greatly enhances wellbeing and encourages... More 

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Cambridgeshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Great parking (not as muddy as expected from other reviews) great value for money (even the toys in the gift shop were reasonably priced) We wrapped up warm, went outside and saw some amazing animals. The staff (that we came across)were very friendly. Steam train a must. If I had to find a fault (and really there isn't) some of... More 

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Barton-le-Clay, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Fantastic place to visit but it is terrible that unlike most outdoor attractions they provide no indoor picnic area for when the weather is poor.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Zoos are places to enjoy,this time of year expect some of the animals to be in the warm. Wrap up warm your self and enjoy, it's a good follow on from London. Lots of space take your camera

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Whipsnade Zoo is a lovely place to visit. Huge, beautiful park with outstanding views of the area. Wonderful animals, living in spacious and caring areas. Currently building a new visitor centre which will be worth visiting soon. Cafes are OK too, although can get very busy in summer. Expensive day out for a family but very good value if you... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Went to whipsnade today with my daughter, son in law and Granddaughter. We drove into the car park only to find that it had no tarmac and was just mud!! The wheels of the pushchair were filthy and our shoes too. The sign posts at the zoo are very misleading and do not point you in the right direction at... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My friend and I came here as part of my birthday celebrations. Most of the animals were out and we were able to see them up close, especially the European Brown Bears which were incredible, ideal for all bear-lovers! The only thing I would say is go when it's warm, spring/summer is bound to be much better, we went in... More 

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London
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Firstly I must say avoid the lookout lodge cafe. high prices and very poor quality food. The staff were friendly though. May I add to comments below; from November until April, entrance should be half price. That being said, the size of the zoo is very big, just a shame the lions and tigers enclosures are small and distant from... More 

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