Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Atherstone
Twycross Zoo is now nearly 50 years old, having evolved from a comparatively small collection of animals to becoming one of...
Twycross Zoo is now nearly 50 years old, having evolved from a comparatively small collection of animals to becoming one of Britain's major Zoos, with over 1,000 animals, plus childrens rides and keeper talks. Over the last six years,the Zoo has really evolved and now has immersion exhibits: these give visitors the opportunity to experience different parts of the world and see the animals in their natural habitat plus the fantastic free to enter Himalaya, which is a 300 seater restaurant with views over a Snow Leopard enclosure.
Situated near the small village of Twycross, the zoo occupies over 40 acres and is set in open countryside. Despite its rural location, it is only four miles from the M42/A42 (which links the M1 and M6) making it readily accessible from anywhere in central England.
Throughout the year (we only close Christmas Day) the zoo plays host to a wide range of visitors from family groups on a day out to school children studying animals (our Education Department teaches over 15,000 pupils a year).
In 1972 the zoo became a charitable trust concentrating on conservation and education, and now takes part in many captive breeding programmes for endangered animals (about three quarters of the animals housed at Twycross are officially classed as endangered species).
Like most British zoos, Twycross receives no government funds and relies entirely on money spent by visitors to continue its work.