ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable: Hours, Address, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Reviews: 4/5

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
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Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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LutonEngland
luton97 contributions
Family
We really enjoyed the dinosaurs, they were great and got some great photos. There was a queue when you go in but not a problem as it soon moves.

We have not been for six years and we are not sure if we can remember how it was but sure that some of the animals were near the entrance. The animals are too spaced out and it is disappointing when you expect to see animals and they are not there

There should be a restaurant nearer to the entrance instead of two miles away.

It was disappointing that you have to wait in a long queue to see certain animals

There is places to eat for a drink and snack or have a picnic. There is not enough seating at the play area.

As there are no shows then the entrance price should have been reduced

I would recommend that ZSL should look at improving the zoo and have more toilets, a restaurant nearer the entrance and animals not too far apart please
Written August 18, 2021
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harrytizz
Witham, UK51 contributions
Couples
Had a really good day at Whipsnade Zoo.
The weather was quite cloudy and as a result most of the animals were outside and a lot where easy to see.
It is a lot of walking but you can pay extra and drive round and park up in different areas of the Zoo.
They do not supply a map but there are maps located around the paths, you can also buy a guide book for £4 what has a map of the Zoo in it.
We went on a Monday and it was quite quiet but I would imagine if you went on a weekend or school holiday time it would be quite busy.
We see quite a lot of wild birds while walking around the zoo.
There does seem to be quite a lot of building work going on where they are adding more enclosures so we might go back next year.
Written May 23, 2022
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Richard N
Leicester, UK88 contributions
Book the evening before, for 2 adults + 1 child £72 without donation
Well sign-posted and car park was large, and a 5 minute walk to the entrance
Timed- arrival meant we queued to present out bar coded tickets
Very few adhered to wearing masks, but at least there was some sensible social distancing.
No map provided and we had to take a photo of the map upon entry, as you do need one, because signage is sparse once on the route.
It is a large zoo. and there were lots of cars driving around which i felt was unnecessary and unsafe for small children!
e spent 4 hours there but this included waiting 30 minutes to get into the aquarium/ butterfly garden, this was nice but not worth the wait.
I would not go again, as it is too highly priced for what you get.
Written August 21, 2021
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Amy C
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Friends
Firstly I just want to say that I think many of the negative reviews on here are very unfair. Yes the enclosures are big and you don’t always get to see the animals up close but the animals have plenty of space in the enclosures which can only be a good thing. Think people forget that the animals arnt there to perform from 10am until 5pm so it’s quite likely that sometimes you won’t see a particular animal. The zoo was pretty quiet which was nice. Everywhere was really clean and staff we encountered were really friendly. The only disappointment was the gift shop was pretty small and didn’t have a great selection of things to buy. Anyone planning on going to whipsnade I can’t recommend paying the £25 to take a car in highly enough. The zoo is absolutely huge and would be a real struggle to walk around the whole zoo, and there is also a section with loads of deers which you can only go through by car. All in all we had a lovely day and was definitely worth the 2 hour drive to get there.
Written July 21, 2021
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kye Mc
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Family
9years ago i visited whipsnade and today i returned with 3 children aged 8, 4 and 1 April 19th 2022. Enclosures were empty or building sites with boards of whats coming soon; buildings were dilapidated as were some enclosures or they had been simply abandoned.
Staff were dismally unhelpful and unapproachable or they wanted to avoid you ; staff were unknowlegable when asked questions and simply replied that they didnt work in that area of the park so couldnt answer!
Butterfly walk through was nice but aquarium was tiny and brief with very few animals! 9years ago this zoo had an abundence of animals! I felt like the 100 pounds price tag was not reflective of what we got as an experience; animals were either locked away or so far away that you couldnt really see them; indoor exhibits e.g elephants were shut; there is no warning of this when booking at all and the price isnt reduced to reflect the experience at all . Extremely disappointed mum with disappointed children. The personalisation machine in the gift shop didnt work either; staff in there were unfriendly. There wasnt not 1 ice cream hub open all over the park either. Money has been overspent on the childrens outdoor play area and the indoor play center along with a small farm - how unexciting - not what i came to the zoo for at all. What you get is an overpriced walk to tire yourself and children out who get to walk from 1 empty paddock to another and maybe if your lucky you might see a zebra or 2 but never a herd ...sadly Whipsnade you have bombed spectacularly
Written April 19, 2022
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Philip G
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The zoo needs up-dating the pedestrian entrance tunnels are dirty & unwelcoming.
The car parking facilities are difficult to negotiate with steel fencing & partitioning blocking entry very unfriendly. The workers/keepers all looked bored with no uniforms evident very unprofessional.
The animals looked unkempt & the enclosures are massively not fit for purpose also too far apart a very long walk to see all the animals on foot.
The tiger enclosure was full of mud with the tigers repeatedly walking backwards & forwards exhibiting a stressed appearance.
The cost of entrance is prohibiting for families.
Then there is the food in the zoo restaurant poor choice cold delivery daft ordering by bar code took for ever to turn up & £78 for 3 chicken burgers 4 chips & 4 coffees & three teas that speaks for its self will not be visiting ever again far better zoos to see.
The train is last very costly for a 15 minute trip not worth the effort of queuing.
Written February 15, 2022
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macfod
Dunedin, New Zealand430 contributions
Couples
We expected a lot more for the entry fee money.
Instead we were left disappointed as animals were in short supply and grounds not well kept.
I don’t like where they initially charge you extra for donations to keep the zoo and only on request they deduct that amount,
If it aint working as a business close it.
Even the train is £4.50 to go on and kids ride also charged. Staff are few and far between and not that friendly and do not interact with the public or kids.
One member of staff selling train fare and ice creams resulted in long queues.
So, all in all we were far from impressed and wouldn’t re-visit or indeed recommend.
Written June 21, 2022
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Paul-Pope
Oakham, UK4 contributions
Couples
Me and my partner decided after a few years for are anniversary we would go and visit a Zoo and this was the first Zoo on are list.

Whipsnade Zoo is not like any normal Zoo I’ve been to, for what people complain about regarding things such as cars and paddock sizes I think makes this Zoo different. there was a lot of people with young kids and elderly family members using the cars, I for one think that it is a good idea, wanting to get your moneys worth but having a tired toddler or a tired elderly person is not ideal for this Zoo as it is just so BIG! But one thing to consider is, you might be able to take your car in, but this is NOT a safari experience I feel it is more built to assist you getting around this massive zoo.

People complain that animals are “locked away” but this really is not the case, there paddocks are so big (and they should be for there happiness). So a lot of the time they are relaxing somewhere. yes it is frustrating when you can’t see a animal, but there welfare comes first. We spend the full day there and we always get to see all the animals, even the allusive brown bear 🐻!

I cannot comment on the food and there price as I don’t use there canteen facility’s We just bring our own food and eat / drink that. You can take it in with you. Or if you don’t want to lump it all around you can leave it in your car, go back later on and eat it at your car for a kind of “break”.

Some thing I do think should be looked at and one is the amount of wasps flying around, I remember them for a few years back and there is still a very big presence of them. It was very frustrating when trying to watch the amazing bird show to be hit by wasps or have kids crying and screaming and people abandoning bags to try and keep them away from them while we all watched. So if you are allergic to wasps this is a NO NO zoo!

All in all, this Zoo is VERY big, has a good variety of animals, clearly care about the animals and is a amazing experience for people with good legs, if not, pay for your car!

Would of been 5 ⭐️ but I think Covid has hit them very hard and it does need a clean up in certain areas. The wasp population needs to be controlled, they are good for pollenating I do agree, but within reason. Also to cut down the amount of walking for people it would be nice to have more signage, you have a sign to tell you in what direction a animal is, then you spend around 10 minutes looking for them only to get lost and start again.

But we had a lovely day and after talking to the staff they have big plans and I will be returning next year!
Written July 30, 2022
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Sdg
Aylesbury, UK16 contributions
Family
Mixed review for the camping experience at whipsnade.
Value wise 10/10
£60 for adults which Includes camping overnight, breakfast in morning, entry into park including car entry.

The park is staring to look shabby in all honesty but equally that shabbyness is likely very good for roaming and native wildlife.

The tours whilst led by some very nice people weren't well managed and to be honest the young children asking relentless questions were tiring. As this wasn't managed by tour guides it left the majority of the group bored waiting round aimlessly at various exhibits whilst the children side tracked everything with irrelevant questions about dinosaurs and the like.
Whilst enthusiastic children are fantastic this should be managed better as to be honest it felt tedious.

Camping in the zoo was a great experience and felt very exclusive being there after dark.

Would do again but only if they offered adult only or teen plus nights
Written July 10, 2022
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cazzkeeler
125 contributions
Great if you drove around, you actually see animals. We walked, never again. Animals all in fields/enclosures miles away from the foot path . Train that went around cost $4.50 per adult for a 15/20 min ride, past enclosures that were empty. Only one tiger in enclosure although signs stated 4 tigers same with Rhino - 6 advertised one outsie, one inside where were the others? Sloath bears - where - not inside or outside theirr enclosures. Very disappointed with this zoo Give me London Zoo anyday at least you can see the animals. Only decent thing was the Butterfly house, full of wonderful free flying butterflies.

Gave up after 2 hiurs expensive wasted day.
Written October 30, 2021
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