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ZSL London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo, founded in 1828 with a mission of zoological research. Opened to the public in 1848, the zoo is now home to over 700 species of all kinds of animals, including several in exhibits without cages or bars so you can get really close!
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4 Tips for Visiting the London Zoo

Water Feature | Photo: Flickr, Nigel Swales – CC BY-SA 2.0
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If you’re visiting with children in summer, it’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes - there’s a water fountain which children love to play in!
Visit the giraffes in the Victorian giraffe house at London Zoo.
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Some of the buildings are fascinating even when the animals are out in their yards - architecture fans will be interested in the giraffe house (home to giraffes since 1835) and the elephant house (awarded the 1965 RIBA award for best building in London).
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If you can, download the smartphone app. It will help you to keep track of the free talks and events (and you can even set reminders so you don’t miss them), and it also includes facts about the zoo’s animals, curated tours of the zoo (plus the chance to plan your own tour), and an interactive map. You can also play the Walkabout game, where you earn points every time you take one of the assigned pictures!
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Save money by bringing a picnic for lunch, there are picnic tables provided throughout the zoo so you don’t have to sit on the grass.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s there to see at ZSL London Zoo?

There’s plenty to see and do at London Zoo! There are animals from all around the world, with highlights including Gorilla Kingdom, Tiger Territory, Land of the Lions and Penguin Beach. Plus there’s an aquarium, a reptile house, and a bird safari. Watch out for free talks, demonstrations, and feeding times during the day, when zookeepers will interact with the animals and teach visitors even more about the unique characteristics of each species. Experience packages are available for guests who want to meet the animals, including the chance to be a keeper for a day. If you have a spider phobia, you can even sign up for the Friendly Spider Programme, which aims to cure you of your fears in one afternoon.

When should I visit?

The zoo is open all year round, but some animals aren’t too fond of the cold so might hide away on icy or rainy days. Meanwhile, other animals don’t do so well in hot weather, so they might hide in the shady parts of their enclosures. Some exhibits also have the opportunity to see the animals in their indoor enclosures but if you can, try visiting in mid to late spring or early autumn for the best chances to see all the animals out and about! Weekdays are also less busy than the weekends, and school holidays can get especially crowded, so avoid those times if you want a quiet day out.

What is there for children to do?

Plenty! Kids will enjoy spotting all the different animals in their enclosures, plus there are child-friendly signs which help children learn more about the creatures they’re encountering. Staff generally make sure their talks aren’t too complicated for children, and will happily answer any questions young visitors might have. There are also playgrounds and a petting zoo where kids can meet farmyard animals, and if they’re really into animals there’s also the chance for them to be young keepers for the day. Tricycles are available for hire from the Visitor Centre for children aged 18 months and older.

How long should I spend at the zoo?

If you want to see all the shows and feedings then you can easily spend a whole day in the zoo, and if you have smaller children who might need more breaks then you’ll probably also want to take it slowly. If you have a busy sightseeing schedule and don’t want to spend the whole day then you can visit all the exhibits in the zoo in about 3 hours.

General Information

Opening Hours:

ZSL London Zoo is open every day of the year except December 25. The zoo opens at 10 am daily, closing hours vary according to the season as follows:
October 28 to February 15 the zoo closes at 4 pm
February 16 to Feburary 24 the zoo closes at 5 pm
February 25 to March 30 the zoo closes at 5.30 pm
March 31 to September 1 the zoo closes at 6 pm (except on days when Zoo Nights events are scheduled, when the zoo will close at 5 pm)
September 2 to October 26 the zoo closes at 5 pm
Visitors will be allowed to enter the zoo until 1 hour before closing time.

Tickets:

Tickets bought on the day cost £25 for adults, £22.50 for students, visitors aged 60 and over, and visitors with a disability, and £19.50 for children aged between 3 and 15. Children under the age of 3 can enter free of charge. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Address:

ZSL London Zoo
Regent's Park
London NW1 4RY
UK

Security and lockers:

All bags will be checked prior to visitors entering the zoo, and it’s recommended that visitors leave large bags at home or at their hotel. A limited number of lockers are available onsite. Small lockers cost £1 per hour or £5 per day and large lockers cost £2 per hour or £10 per day. Lockers only accept coins and do not offer change.

How to get there:

ZSL London Zoo can be reached via London Underground to Camden Town station (Northern Line), and Regent’s Park station (Bakerloo line). It can also be reached via bus 274 from Baker Street station (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Bakerloo, and Jubilee lines). Alternatively, you can take bus number C2 from Victoria Station, Oxford Circus, or Great Portland Street. A car park and bike shed are available for visitors intending to drive or cycle.

Accessibility:

No dogs, including service dogs, are allowed on the premises of ZSL London Zoo because several animals in the zoo respond negatively towards them. London Zoo is working with Guide Dogs UK to resolve this problem and in the meantime, visitors can contact the zoo to make alternative arrangements. Disabled parking is available in the car park and there is one space on the street outside the zoo. Several of the zoo’s buildings are extremely old and have listed status, therefore some areas may not be accessible for wheelchair users. Most areas are accessible to wheelchair users and the paths through the park are mostly made of tarmac. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for hire. Disabled visitors are entitled to bring a carer with them for no charge. Parts of the zoo are accessible via an underpass, the slopes of the underpass are quite steep and wheelchair users may need assistance.
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