British Sign Language Days

Monthly (scroll down for dates), talks throughout the day

On BSL days, there will be two, 2-hour, tours - delivered in British Sign Language - exploring different areas of the zoo, starting at 11.15 am in the morning, and 2.15 pm in the afternoon.

The presentations are delivered by deaf presenter John Wilson, and will help you learn more about the animals at London Zoo and ZSL’s global conservation work. The tour route may change each month. The schedule will be available at the meeting point on the day: the large map in Barclay Court.

man giving sign language talk at London Zoo

Both tours start at the large map in Barclay Court, in front of the Terrace Restaurant and gift shop. The zoo opens from 10 am every day, and we recommend arriving at the zoo 15 to 30 minutes earlier than the start of the tour so you have time to reach the meeting point from the entrance.

25 people can attend each tour, and they are included in the price of the tickets you will purchase to access the zoo, which can be booked on this website. A disability concession ticket entitles the holder to a free companion or carer place with each ticket. To let us know you wish to attend, and to gurantee a place on the tour, please email communityengagement@zsl.org with:

  • The number of people attending
  • Which tours you would like to attend: morning, afternoon or both.

If there is availability, anyone attending the morning tour is welcome to join the afternoon tour as well, please indicate when booking if you would like to join both. We will accommodate drop-in attendance where possible, but we can no longer guarantee this due to the popularity of the tours. Please note, tickets will be needed to access the zoo which can be bought on this website. For more information, please email communityengagement@zsl.org.

To reach Barclay Court, once you have had your ticket scanned and entered the zoo, take the immediate left and follow the orange route. Once you reach Barclay court, to your left is the Terrace Restaurant and the Gift Shop, and the large map of the zoo is opposite them. This is the meeting point for both morning and afternoon tours, which start at 11.15 am and 2.15 pm respectively.

2023 dates:

  • Saturday 11th February
  • Wednedsay 29th March
  • Tuesday 4th April
  • Wednesday 10th May
  • Sunday 4th June
  • Wednesday 12th July
  • Wednesday 9th August
  • Wednesday 13th September
  • Sunday 15th October
  • Wednesday 15th November

If you are planning to bring a large group to the zoo for this event, please email communityengagement@zsl.org to discuss a special tour for your group which ensures capacity of these days is available to individual visitors.

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