Lookout Lodge - Sleepover at the Zoo

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Experience ZSL Whipsnade Zoo at night with a stay at Lookout Lodge

Guests will experience ZSL Whipsnade Zoo after-dark and find out what our animals get up to at night...
 

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What's included?

  • Complimentary drink on arrival
  • Three exclusive after-hours tours of the Zoo at sunset, after-dark and in the morning 
  • Overnight stay in a private lodge - double or twin beds
  • A delicious two-course dinner
  • Full English breakfast
  • Free entry into ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and ZSL London Zoo for two day of your evening stay
  • Free car entry
  • Exclusive discounts on Keeper for a Day and Meet the Animals experiences 

 

What makes this overnight experience special?


Location

Lookout Lodge is situated in extraordinary surroundings overlooking the beautiful Chiltern Downs. 

Your neighbours for the evening include our herd of white rhinos and reindeer, who luckily are some of our quieter animals at the Zoo, so won't keep you up in the night. However in the morning some of our nosier residents like to make themselves heard, so don't be suprised if you wake up to the sound of roaring lions! 

 

The Lodges

Our cosy lodges have everything you need for a comfortable night's stay at the Zoo and are each named after an animal you can find at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. 

Our nine lodge cabins come with either double or twin beds and each lodge has a private veranda so that you can sip your bedtime tea or hot chocolate whilst listening to the sounds of the Zoo at night. 

Find out more about the lodges and amenities >
 

Lookout Lodges

Animal tours

A stay at the Lookout Lodge includes three special tours including a sunset tour, torchlit nightime tour and an early morning tour, which all take place when the Zoo is closed to the public.

On each tour guests will enjoy pricate viewing of various animals around the Zoo, guided by our experienced host team who will share amazing animal facts and insider secrets about what goes on at the Zoo behind the scenes. 

We like to keep what you see on our tours a suprise, so that you won't know what animals you will see until you get here. 

Guests also get two full days access to the Zoo, with the option to explore ZSL London Zoo on your second day! 

Find out more about the tours >

 

Lookout Lodge Tours

Dining

The evening includes a delicious two-course dinner, as well as a complimentary drink on arrival. 

Breakfast is also included, with your choice of full English and continental options. 

Find out more about food and drink >

 

Watch our Lookout Lodge video to discover more:

 

How to book

  • Book online here
  • Call us on 0344 225 1826 

We also offer stays at the Lookout Lodge as a gift voucher. Please visit our online shop here to book as a gift for someone. 
 

Book your stay

2018 Dates and Prices

Dates

Lookout Lodge is open from March until October

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Price

Lodge for 2 people from £298 per night, with an additional child place £40 each

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here
 


Gir Lion Lodge - Sleepover at ZSL London Zoo

Gir Lion Lodge at ZSL London Zoo at night

Fancy sleeping next to lions instead? Gir Lion Lodge at ZSL London Zoo is an amazing overnight experience in the heart of London. 

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 Lookout lodge pictured at nighttime.

Any questions?

Please see our frequently asked questions or email Experienceenquiries@zsl.org.

Lodge for 2 people from £298 per night, with each additional child £40 each
 

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We run both Adult only and Family nights. 

The itinerary is the same on both types of night however our Host team will tailor the talks and activities on the tours for our younger guests on family nights. 

Discounts are available for ZSL members, single occupancy and guests with disabilities. 

 

Adult nights 

On adult only nights guests must be aged 14 years or older.

Each lodge can accomodate a maximum of two adults (or one adult and one young adult). 

 

Lodge based on 2 adults sharing

Prices from £298 per lodge (£149 per person)

Lodge single occupancy
(30% discount)

Prices from £208.60 per lodge
Wheelchair user and carer
(30% discount)
Prices from £208.60 per lodge (£104.30 per person)

ZSL members receive a 10% discount on Lookout Lodge. Please note that discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other. Please call us to book on 0344 225 1826 or email experienceenquiries@zsl.org

 

Family nights 

On family nights children must be aged five years or older.

Unfortunately children under five years old are not able to attend on any night. 

Each lodge can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children. Children will sleep on a pull-out sofa bed. 

 

Lodge based on 2 adults and 1 child sharing  

Prices from £338 per lodge 
(£112.70 per person)

Lodge based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing

Prices from £378 per lodge 
(£94.50 per person)

ZSL members receive a 10% discount on Lookout Lodge. Please note that discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other. Please call us to book on 0344 225 1826 or email experienceenquiries@zsl.org


What's included?

  • Complimentary drink on arrival
  • Three exclusive after-hours tours of the Zoo at sunset, after-dark and in the morning 
  • Overnight stay in a private lodge - double or twin beds
  • A delicious two-course dinner
  • Full English breakfast
  • Free entry into ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and ZSL London Zoo for two day of your evening stay
  • Free car entry
  • Exclusive discounts on Keeper for a Day and Meet the Animals experiences 
     

Book your stay now 

2018 Dates and Prices

Dates

Lookout Lodge is open from March until October

Check availability >


Price

Lodge for 2 people from £298 per night, with an additional child place £40 each

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here


Gift Vouchers

We also offer stays at the Lookout Lodge as a gift voucher. Please visit our online shop here to book as a gift for someone.   


Any questions? Please see our frequently asked questions or email experiencesenquiries@zsl.org


Guests staying at the Lookout Lodge will enjoy three educational and entertaining tours around the Zoo including a sunset tour, torch-lit night tour and an early morning tour.

Led by our experienced hosts, our tours will give you an insider look at how we take care of our animals at the Zoo, and learn how we are working for wildlife around the world. 

The tours are only available for guests staying at Lookout Lodge, giving you unparalleled viewing of our animals when the Zoo is closed to the public.


Dowload the full experience itinerary here:

PDF icon Lookout Lodge Itinerary.pdf (37.67 KB) (37.67 KB)

 

Lookout Lodge Tour

Upgrade your stay:

Make you stay at Lookout Lodge even more memorable by taking part in one of our animal experiences!

Guests staying at Lookout Lodge get 15% off our entire Meet the Animals experiences. Find out which animals you can meet here

For the ultimate animal overnight experience, why not combine your stay with our Keeper for a Day experience. Lookout Lodge guests can enjoy this amazing experience for £199 per person (usual price £295).

Call our team on 0344 225 1826 to upgrade your stay with an animal experience.

 

Mum and son feeding the giraffes for Meet the Giraffes experience


Celebrating a special occasion?

Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, birthday or treating yourself to a once in a lifetime experience, Lookout Lodge is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.

Add a Birthday cakeChampagne or Prosecco to your stay at checkout or give us call on 0344 225 1826 to add this on to your booking. 

 

2018 Dates and Prices

Dates

Lookout Lodge is open from March until October

Check availability >


Price

Lodge for 2 people from £298 per night, with an additional child place £40 each

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here
 

Any questions?

Please see our frequently asked questions

Cosy lodges with the most beautiful views in the Zoo 


Our cosy lodges have everything you need for a comfortable night's stay at the Zoo and are each named after an animal you can find at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. 

Our nine lodge cabins come with either double or twin beds and each lodge has a private veranda so that you can sip your bedtime tea or hot chocolate whilst listening to the sounds of the Zoo at night. 

 

Key facts

  • Located next to the reindeer and white rhinos at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
  • Double or twin beds (sofa bed for children on family nights)
  • Private veranda
  • Seperate male and female washing facilities a short walk from the lodges
  • Lodge for 2 from 298 per night, with each additional child place 40 each

 

Mara on the Chiltern downs at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

 

We run both Adult only and Family nights. 

On adult only nights each lodge can accommodate a maximum of two adults.

On family nights each lodge can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children (or one adult and three children). Children must be between the ages of 5-13 years old. 

Please note that our accessible lodge can only accommodate a maxium of two adults and one child. 


In-room amenities

  • Comfy beds with soft linen and pillows
  • Sofa bed with linens (for children on family nights)
  • Kettle with selection of hot drinks
  • Towels
  • Hair dryer


Lodges


Four double lodges are available: Lion lodge, Wolf lodge, Giraffe lodge and Hippo lodge. 

Interior view of a double lodge


Five twin lodges are available: Penguin lodge, Elephant lodge, Bear lodge and Reindeer lodge.

Interior view of a twin lodge

2018 Dates and Prices

Dates

Lookout Lodge is open from March until October

Check availability >


Price

Lodge for 2 people from £298 per night, with an additional child place £40 each

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here
 

Any questions?

Please see our frequently asked questions

Enjoy a delicious evening meal and tasy breakfast at the Lookout Lodge

Your stay at the Lookout Lodge includes a complimentary drink on arrival, delicious two-course dinner and breakfast.

 

Dinner

Following your sunset tour you will make your way to dinner. This is a fun dining experience which is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts and fellow Lookout Lodge guests. 

Please note that drinks are not included. A selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks will be available to purchase on the night. 

View the Lookout Lodge Drinks Menu: PDF icon Wine List.pdf (15 KB) (15 KB)

 

Breakfast

Just before your morning tour we serve guests a tasty breakfast, to make sure you are prepared for a busy day in the Zoo!

A full English breakfast, as well as continental options and hot and cold drinks are all included. 

View the Lookout Lodge Breakfast Menu: PDF icon Breakfast.pdf (108.47 KB) (108.47 KB)

 

Special Diets 

We can cater for vegetarians, vegans and a variety of allergies.

We recommend letting us know your requirements in advance by email at least two weeks before your stay. Alternativley you can call us on 0344 225 1826.

Please note that we do not currently cater for Halal diets, however you are welcome to enjoy the vegetarian alternatives. 

 

*Menus provided are subject to change. 

2018 Dates and Prices

Dates

Lookout Lodge is open from March until October

Check availability >


Price

Lodge for 2 people from £298 per night, with an additional child place £40 each

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here


Any questions?

Please see our frequently asked questions

Do members get a discount?

Members get a 10% discount on full priced lodge tickets.This discount is automatically applied at checkout when you sign in using the email address that your membership is registered under.

Do I get a discount for single occupancy?

Single occupancy or disabled guests attending with a carer are entitled to a 30% discount on the full-paying price of two guests. This can be booked online by selecting the relevant ticket type.

Can I pay a deposit to secure my booking?

We require full payment for your stay at the time of booking. The only exception to this is if you are booking out all nine of our lodges, please call 0344 225 1826 for more information.

Can I use Tesco Clubcard Vouchers to pay for Lookout Lodge?

Tesco vouchers are only accepted for general admission tickets (excluding car entry) when purchased on the day of you visit at the main gate. They cannot be used as payment for Lookout Lodge or any other ZSL experiences.

Can I spend the day in the zoo before/after my Lookout Lodge stay?

You can enter ZSL Whipsnade Zoo anytime from 10am on the day of your experience and stay for the full day after. You are also welcome to visit to ZSL London Zoo for free on the day of departure from Lookout Lodge (parking not included at ZSL London Zoo).

I am arriving by public transport, is there anywhere for me to leave my bags before check in?

When you arrive at the Zoo please speak to our admissions team who will be able to store your bags for you. The host team will them collect them as drop them at you lodge after check in. This is only available for Lookout Lodge guests.

What are the age restrictions?

On adult only nights, young adults aged 14 years old and over, are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult. The accompanying adult must be over the age of 18 years old.

On family nights children aged 5-13 years old are welcome to attend. Children under five years old are not able to attend on any night.

Each lodge can accommodate two adults or one adult and one child, plus a maximum of two additional children. The additional children will sleep on a pull-out sofa bed and must be aged between five and 13 years of age. Children aged 5-13 years old must be staying in a lodge with an accompanying adult who is aged over 18 years old.

Young adults aged 14-17 years are welcome to stay in a lodge on their own but must have an accompanying adult aged over 18 years old staying in an adjacent lodge on the same night.

Can you sleep two adults and three children in one lodge?

Each lodge can accommodate two adults or one adult and one child, plus a maximum of two additional children. If you are a family of five you will need to book two lodges, one lodge for two adults and two children and one lodge as single occupancy. You can then split your group across both lodges as you choose.

What will we do during the event?

Please visit the experience page

What do I need to bring with me?

Staying overnight at Lookout Lodge is an informal and relaxed experience so there is no need to dress up. We would recommend wearing comfortable warm clothing, suitable for the forecasted weather (although Whipsnade can get much colder than normal due to its location on the Chiltern Downs). Sensible flat footwear is recommended, especially for the optional torchlight walk through the Zoo. You will be provided with a torch for this walk.

Are there showers?

There are separate female and male washing facilities each with showers and toilets. There are also toilets available with disabled access. We do not have a disabled accessible shower. The shower and toilets facilities are a short distance from the lodges. Towels are provided. If you have forgotten your toothbrush, please ask your hosts who can supply you with a complimentary one.

Are we allowed to bring a birthday cake?

You are more than welcome to bring a birthday cake with you; however you are not allowed to use candles in your lodge.

Is Lookout Lodge wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Lookout Lodge has a double lodge and a twin lodge that has level access for wheelchair users. Wheelchair users are able to bring along a carer and will receive a 30% discount on the full price of a lodge. This can be booked online by selecting the relevant ticket type. Please call us on 0344 225 1826 to advise us of any specific requirements that you may have. If no wheelchair ticket is displayed then we have sold our wheelchair accessible lodges already.

Can I bring a guest who has additional needs?
Yes, we welcome participants with additional needs. Do let us know if you are planning on bringing along a guest with additional needs by emailing info@zsl.org phoning 0344 225 1826 and we will do all we can to ensure that their needs are met wherever possible. Guests who need a a carer are entitled to 30% discount on the full priced lodge ticket. If the main guest does not need a wheelchair accessible lodge please select the single occupancy ticket and in the participant details box please put the names of both guests and that one is acting as a carer.

When do we need to arrive and how do we get there?
You can arrive at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo anytime from 10am on your day of arrival, but should head to the Lookout Lodge reception area no later than 16.45pm

Is car entry included?
Yes. Car entry to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is included in the price, just show your confirmation at the main gate.

Can children under five come along?

Unfortunately children under five years are not allowed to attend on any nights. Children aged 5-13 years old are only allowed to attend on family friendly nights.

Can I book a birthday cake, bottle of champagne or prosecco?

Absolutely. Birthday cake = £45, Champagne = £42.95,  Prosecco = £25

To book these extras either select at checkout or phone our Supporter services team on 0344 225 1826. These items need to be added at least two weeks before your experience.

Is car parking included in the price?

Yes, the price of car entry into ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is included in the price.

Can guests visit ZSL London Zoo on the day of departure?

Yes, guests can visit ZSL London Zoo on day of departure only (not day of arrival). They need to take their Lookout Lodge confirmation and show this at the main gate. Car parking is not included in the price.

Can you cater for specialist diets?

Yes we cater for vegetarians and vegans as standard. If you have any other specific dietary requirements we request that you notify us during the booking process via the participant information form, via email to info@zsl.org or by calling 0344 225 1826.

Do you cater for Halal diets?

We do not currently cater for Halal diets however you are welcome to enjoy the vegetarian alternatives.

How does the experience differ on adult only / family friendly nights?

The experience itinerary is the same, some adults prefer to attend without children present. The content of the talks will be tailored to whether there are children present. We do also have a children's menu available.

Can Lookout Lodge guests do Keeper for a Day?

Lookout Lodge guests can participate on Keeper for a Day (K4D) at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo at a reduced rate of £199 per person. This offer only applies on the day of arrival or day of departure from Lookout Lodge (LL). It is up to them whether they do K4D on day of arrival or departure at LL, if they decide to do it on day of departure then there will be a slight overlap and will miss the morning tour on LL. However, as they are doing K4D then they will get to do other experiences instead. To book this please phone our Supporter services department on 0344 225 1826. This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount). Please note: Our Keeper for a Day experience is only available Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and participants must be aged 16 years or over. Read the full terms and conditions for Keeper for a Day.

Group bookings

Guests are welcome to book all lodges out exclusively and they are entitled to a 5% discount of all lodge places. There is no discount on the children places. If groups are not booking out the lodges exclusively, the maximum number of lodges that they can book on one night is five lodges. It is not fair for other guests, if they book up more than this on one night. This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount).

Animal encounters

We do offer Meet the animals experiences. Lookout Lodge guests are entitled to a 15% discount on all Meet the Animals experiences at either ZSL Whipsnade Zoo or ZSL London Zoo. This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount). The Meet the Animals experience must be booked for the day or arrival or day of departure from Lookout Lodge. Each Meet the Animals experience have different participation restrictions, please see our terms for full details.

Any other questions?
Please email us at experienceenquiries@zsl.org or call 0344 225 1826.