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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Great spacious Zoo

This is actually a drive through although we walked on this occasion as have seen the ads about the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Emma M
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
Best zoo in the UK

Not only are they a wonderful conservation charity, their enclosures are huge. There is a wide... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
RobynBruce
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Aspley Guise, United Kingdom
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The UK's largest Zoo set in 600 acres of panoramic scenery, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is packed full of wonder and amazement, with over 3,500 animals to meet and thousands more surprising and fascinating facts just waiting to be discovered. Find yourself...more
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Whipsnade | Bison Hill, Dunstable LU6 2LF, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is actually a drive through although we walked on this occasion as have seen the ads about the monkeys damaging your car! You don't actually drive through the monkeys here so quite safe to take your car as quite a trek on foot. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Emma M
Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your encouraging review! Here at ZSL we are proud to be the UK’s largest Zoo, spread across an amazing 600 acres! We have taken full advantage of this vast outdoor space by creating exhibits that not only engage our visitors but enrich...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

OK. So ZSL have partnered with Levy to bring River Cottage to the zoo. If you were to try and create a family friendly dining environment, which of the below would you do? 1. Ensure that high chairs are unsuitable for small children by not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review. Earlier this year we embarked on a new project with renovation our catering facilities. We have worked closely with visitors’ feedback to create 7 unique facilities with cater to the needs of all our visitors. Therefore, it’s disappointing to hear...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Not only are they a wonderful conservation charity, their enclosures are huge. There is a wide range of animals to be in awe of including the beautiful lynx, bear and painted dogs. It took almost 5 miles to walk around and the shop is beautiful...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RobynBruce
Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your supporting review! It’s wonderful to hear you had a great time exploring ZSL Whipsnade. It’s visitors like yourself that not only allow us to continue our charity but help bring the enthusiasm and inspiration for saving our wildlife to our ZSL!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is by far one of the best zoo's I've been to. They have a huge array of different animals, all spread out, kept in wonderfully spacious enclosures. Throughout the day they have a variety of live shows and feeding sessions which are brilliant -...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Abbie R
Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your encouraging review! As an establishment full of fascinating animals and immersive exhibits, we pride ourselves on providing a thrilling day out that exceeds all expectations. Therefore, it’s so wonderful to read of your ZSL adventure. ZSL is on a mission to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Zoo itself was well looked after and had a good range of animals. The staff were friendly and informative. However we found the cost very high and it could exclude a less well off family. The necessity of taking a car inside was not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NickandLesleyMayne
Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your recent review. It’s great to read that your enjoyed seeing all our 3,500 animals and the efforts of our enthusiastic staff did not go unnoticed. We strive on providing an unforgettable adventure, so this is certainly lovely to hear! I am...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An absolutely amazing zoo. A wide range of animals in spacious enclosures. All looked well looked after. Staff that we spoke to were very helpful and knowledgeable of the animals. Sit and relax with a coffee looking out over a fabulous view. There’s a lot...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review! As an establishment full of fascinating animals and enthusiastic staff, we pride ourselves on providing a thrilling day out that exceeds all expectations. Therefore, its APE-mazing to read you had a great time not only visiting our animals but...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here especially to see the tiger cubs (quite big now). Whilst they were in the small enclosure to begin with they were in the main enclosure later in the day so worth hanging around. Good vantage points on the higher path to see them...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your encouraging review! As an establishment full of fascinating animals and immersive exhibits, we pride ourselves on providing a thrilling day out that exceeds all expectations. Therefore, it’s so wonderful to read of your ZSL adventure! ZSL is on a mission to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place to spend the day. All the animals you could want to see, lovely staff, animals are clearly happy and comfortable, the cafes are clean and welcoming and the grounds well kept. Don't be put off by the autumn / winter...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mike S
Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your recent review! Here at ZSL, our goal is to create the best day out possible all year round! From our enthusiastic staff to engaging exhibits and wonderful creatures, we want to inspire, inform and empower our visitors to join us in...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

River Cottage and the escapades of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall remain one of my favourite cookery shows. An idyllic farmhouse opening its doors to the general public to demonstrate a style of farming, cooking and entertaining that is sustainable, self-sufficient and more wholesome than an Enid Blighton...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your incredible review! We cannot express enough how amazing it is to hear such praise about our new River Cottage Restaurant. Here at ZSL we are excited to bring this new partnership, it aligns perfectly with ZSL’s ethos with the fresh sustainable...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oh dear - what a disappointment in many respects. Extremely expensive to get in, taking the car is extra and definitely required as it is a huge site with great distances between everything. The African Hunting Dog viewing platform was good but the one round...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HoneyD337
Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your recent review. We strive on creating an unforgettable, inspiring day out so It’s sad to hear your visit wasn’t as you were expecting. With over 600 acres for our visitors to explore, we have endeavoured to create fun, efficient exhibits for...More

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Jojobm
October 27, 2018|
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Response from WinnieC107030 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a small building just outside where the lookout lodges are where you can shower. It’s a little cold but it does the job.
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October 13, 2018|
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Response from 603ross | Reviewed this property |
You don’t need parking tickets if you take your car in the zoo It’s like a stop and go all around the site with plenty of places to stop view the attraction and the dive into the next one
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September 5, 2018|
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Response from Natalie N | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but if member get 10 % discount in restaurants and gift shop
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Ibrahim L
Which of this 3 locations will be best for a fun day out (1 Replies)
Looking for a fun day out with the girlfriend that incorporates animals or safari experience as the girlfriend loves animal. Choice are chessington world of adventures, ZSL london zoo or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We live and will be travelling from london by train. Which of the three location choices will be best for a day out. Ps. I know chessington is a theme park but also has sea life and a zoo but whether there is much of animals in the zoo in Chessington for the girlfriend to explore I...More
June 15, 2016|
Response fromDavid J|
Whipsnade for animals with a bit more space and in a bit more of a natural setting.