How to book your school visit

Booking your school visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has never been easier!


Book by phone

If you would like to book one of our education sessions then please call our friendly team on:

Call: 0844 967 0832
Open: Everyday (8.30am - 5pm)

Should you simply wish to book entry to the zoo, then please book these using the options below.


Book and pay online

The easiest way to book your school trip is online.

Booking online is only for self-guided visits. If you would like to book education sessions, please contact us by phone (above).

Book Online


Reserve your place

Reserving online is only for self-guided visits. If you would like to book education sessions, please contact us by phone (above). This option will not take payment, you will need to pay for your visit when you arrive.

Reservation Form


Once a booking has been made, we will send you a letter confirming the time and location of your education session. Please bring this with you.

Bookings only available for UK schools: Mon-Fri term time only.


Terms and conditions

Bookings only available for UK and international schools Mon-Fri during UK school term time only. However, if your group is 10 or more you are eligible for our group discount.

Prices are both LZ & WZ unless otherwise stated.  

Payment for an education visit can be made by card, cash or cheque on the day or by credit card, cheque or BACs in advance.

If you alter the date, education session, cancel or no show on the day of your visit ZSL reserves the right to charge an administration fee of £20.

Payments made by invoice incur a £20 admin charge.

As a condition of the entry costs for school visits, Teachers and accompanying adults must supervise their groups at all times during their visit.  

Education prices cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion, discounts or third party payment methods. Membership cards can be used but they will not count towards the free adult ratio.

Education groups must make a single payment for their visit.

Education sessions are free at Whipsnade from September 2014 to the end of March 2015.

A minimum payment of £22.50 (15 students) applies for the education sessions. 

More information

Pre-visits for teachers

Once a booking has been made one teacher per class will be automatically allocated free admission to plan their trip- simply bring your booking confirmation with you when you visit. Last entry to the Zoo is one hour before the Zoo closes.

Pre-visit resources

Information about the content of your educational activity, pre-visit information, maps and worksheets are all available online. Make sure you check out our pre-visit checklist .

The Jumbo Express

Take your school group on a ride on one of our two impressive steam engines, Excelsior and Superior, as they weave their way through the territories of some of the world's most inspiring animals. School groups of at least 40 pupils must pre-order by phone. Groups of less than 40 pupils must purchase tickets from the ticket booth at the platform. Find out more.

Administration charge

Please note: If you alter the date, education session or cancel a visit ZSL reserves the right to charge an administration fee of £20.