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Address: Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2LF, England
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+44 344 225 1826
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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A great day out

We visited here with our grandchildren and it was a delight. You can get a train around the zoo, which you have to pay separately for, but well worth it. We had a picnic in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited here with our grandchildren and it was a delight. You can get a train around the zoo, which you have to pay separately for, but well worth it. We had a picnic in the grounds and there were a good selection of animals.

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove up from London as I find the zoo in north London a little small with regards to the size of the enclosures, and had a really great day out with the highlights being the bears and elephants. We would definitely recommend!

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Thank Abbi H
Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Abbi, We hope you had a smooth journey back to London after your fun filled visit to ZSL. You are one of our luck guests who managed to see our recently awaken brown bears. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

As annual pass members we visit this zoo often. It's one of the few zoos that actually takes the time to educate the public without making a mockery out of the animals. It's set in amazing grounds and it always an adventure for us to search for the animals, since the enclosures are in most cases huge. The staff are... More 

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your lovely 5* review of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our Special "Vets in Action" event at the Zoo this week. Our team will be very pleased to hear that your daughter had such a fantastic day. Hopefully there is a new Zoological Vet in the making! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Travelled to Whipsnade from London which was difficult coming via transport. More buses needed from Luton. Walked all the way round twice which was doable and paths were fine, whst you would expect to find in a zoo. Beautiful place but did find at times we walking for a while before seeing any animals. The space could be better utilised.... More 

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Ryan, Thank you for taking the time to travel to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is the largest Zoo in the United Kingdom and as such provides our animals with expansive enclosures. As such there can sometimes be a longer walk in between animal residents. We are glad you had a good day with us and hope you... More 

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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Free parking for the zoo is nearby, just across the road via an under pass. The zoo is very wheelchair friendly with lots of ramps and easy access. The enclosures seemed animal friendly with lots of viewing areas. There is a large variety of animals to see including lions, tigers, bears, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, hippos. Although the bears do hibernate... More 

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hello Joanne, Thank you for your lovely review of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We have fed back to our presenters regarding the wolverine talk as we are glad to hear that you enjoyed the presentation. During your visit, we are glad to hear that you were able to visit around the site with little issue. Our bears have surprised us this... More 

Yeovil, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Having a disability I wondered if I was biting off a bit more than I could chew in having a day at Whipsnade Zoo. Taking the car into the Zoo with us made it totally possible and there wasn't much we didn't see. It is a VERY big site, even for able bodied people and the families with small children... More 

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Colin, Thank you for your 5* review of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We are pleased to hear that you were able to make some firm friends with our Asian and Nepalese Rhinos. Our animals enjoy their internal houses on cold days so we always advising popping your head in as you can often get very close to our animal family. More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not a good experience, the worst zoo I have been to. To much walking round not many animals to see. Over priced for February half term week and if you want to drive round another £25! Resteraunts are overpriced as well, didn't bother with them. Will not be going back.

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for reviewing ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and visiting us here this chilly February. We are saddened to hear you were disappointed with your visit to us. There are 200+ species here at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo with our animals roaming across large and expansive enclosures. We advise if you cannot see our animals that you pop back during the... More 

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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The most awful zoo I've ever been too! Longleat, Woburn, West Midlands and London zoo were all fantastic! This place is shocking. I Went yesterday for my birthday day out and I was so gutted and disappointed after driving 2 and a half hours to get there, we ended up leaving early. The visitors centre was beautiful but outside the... More 

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Lauren, Thank you for coming to join ZSL Whipsnade this February for your birthday and for taking the time to review us. We are saddened to hear that you felt disappointed and that you wont come to visit us again. ZSL is the largest Zoo within in the UK, based across 600 acres and providing our animals with large... More 

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19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a perfect day outing with kids. Lots to see as long as every section is open, so just check online before you go. The train was not working this time which was disappointing.

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Tracey, We are glad to hear that you think ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is a perfect outing for children. During the winter months, ZSL Whipsnade runs with a few less facilities including our Jumbo express. To accommodate for this we reduce our entrance fee for guests. However, we are happy to confirm that our Jumbo Express is now running until... More 

Dunstable, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 9 year old grandson is going into hospital next week for a procedure which will keep him in hospital for a week. He loves meerkats and after fruitless search around the shops i thought of Whipsnade Zoo shop. I had no intention of entering the zoo and wondered if I could just go into the shop, after explaining the... More 

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Thank Tracey D
Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hello Tracey, Thank you for your lovely feedback about our security and retail shop. We have passed this over to our team and it has put a smile on all their faces. Hopefully you and your grandson can come back to the Zoo and see our real Meerkats. More 

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