History Tours

A visit to ZSL London Zoo is much more than just a walk around our fascinating exhibits; it’s a trip through time.

Our history tour is a fantastic addition to a trip to ZSL London Zoo. Visitors will journey through the zoo with an experienced guide, hear stories of how ZSL helped inspire Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking work, follow the friendship of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, discover the history of the many Grade I and Grade II listed buildings at the zoo, and much more.

Tours will be conducted on the selected Friday and Saturday mornings and advance bookings are essential. The program will begin with a welcome, followed by a 45 minute guided walking tour around the zoo. Visitors will then have the rest of the day to explore the immersive exhibits around zoo at their own pace.



2016 Dates & Times

Month Day
May Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd
June Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th
July Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd
July Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th
August Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th
August Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th
September Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th
October Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd
  • 10.00 welcome & entry (main gate)
  • 10.15 tour starts
  • 11.00 tour finishes
  • Free to explore the Zoo


Prices and how to book

Inclusion in the History Tours costs £5.00 per person*
Bookings can be made online following the links above, or by contacting our Supporter Services team on 0344 225 1826

* Price does not include zoo admission


NEW! Private History Tours

ZSL now offer private bookings for our History Tour. Open to groups of up to 20 participants this bespoke experience is bookable at any time the zoo is open to the public (depending on availability) and costs £200 per tour*.

Bookings can be made by contacting our Supporter Services team on 0344 225 1826

* Price does not include zoo admission


Terms and Conditions

  • General admission ticket or valid membership per person must be purchased to be allowed entry into the zoo and take part in the History Tour

  • Maximum of 20 participants per tour

  • Cancellations: ZSL reserves the right to alter the tour or cancel on any given day if necessary. We will endeavour to contact you via email at least 24-hours before your visit to notify you of any changes. We recommend checking your emails on the day before your visit in case we have emailed you. If these changes result in you missing the encounter or you are no longer able to attend, please contact us to discuss options.

  • Turning up late will invalidate your ticket and will not be refunded.

  • Bookings cancelled up to 14 days before the date will be eligible for a full refund. Thereafter changes will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of ZSL. 

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