Entry costs for school visits

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Prices 2020-2021 23 February 2020 - 19 April 2020 20 April 2020 - 6 September 2020 7 September 2020 - 1 November 2020 2 November 2020 - 12 February 2021 13 February 2021 - Easter
Primary and Secondary Students (Under 16 yrs) self-guided £8.00 £9.00 £8.00 £7.00 £9.00
Post-16 Students self-guided £9.00 £10.00 £9.00 £8.00 £10.00
Higher Education Students self-guided* £13.25 £14.25 £14.25 £14.25 £14.25
Additional adults £13.25 £14.25 £14.25 £14.25 £14.25
Education session £1.50 per student £1.50 per student Free Free £1.50 per student

*Higher Education students are those students at Level 5 and above. 

Rates are available Monday - Friday only for UK and international schools. However, for special requests please speak with our Supporter Contact team.*Higher Education students are those students at Level 5 and above. 

To ensure good supervision of groups at all times, one adult is admitted free for every 6 paying primary pupils or every 10 paying secondary pupils or older. Any adults above this ratio are required to pay the additional adult price.

As a condition of the reduced costs for school visits, teachers and additional adults must supervise their groups at all times during their visit.  A list of behaviour guidelines to share with your students is available on the pre-visit information webpage. 

If you have any questions, please call our Supporter Contact team on 0344 225 1826.

Pre-visit information


Payment for an education visit can be made in advance by credit card, cheque or BACs, or at the Zoo on the day of your visit by credit card, cheque, or cash. To ensure pre-payment is received by the date of your visit, please allow two weeks for payment to clear. If payment is not received by the date of your visit, or paid on the day, an invoice with a £25 administrative fee will be generated and sent to the school. 

ZSL reserves the right to charge a £25 administrative fee if a school:

  • Alters the date or cancels an education session within two weeks of their visit, charged per session.
  • Does not show for their self-guided visit.

Education sessions

Education sessions are designed for up to 35 pupils and are available throughout school term time. 

Education sessions are FREE from 4 september 2019 to 23 february 2020. Sessions cost £1.50 per pupil per session* from 24 February 2020 - 3 September 2020. 

When charged a minimum payment of £22.50 (15 students) applies for the education sessions.

* Global expedition and field study skills have additional charges

Education sessions


Parking at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for all vehicles in the external parking lot is free of charge, during term time only. Cars may park within the zoo and will be charged the daily parking fee of £25. Coaches/buses are not admitted within the zoo. Car park spaces cannot be reserved or guaranteed. For any special needs regarding transportation, please contact the Learning department at learning@zsl.org

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Digital Outreach

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Digital Outreach links your classroom to the zoo via Skype! Digital Outreach sessions can be used to extend learning after a zoo visit, or can be standalone sessions. Each session costs £50 and is designed for a maximum of 35 students. 

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