Entry costs for school visits

Prices  2018/2019

29 October 2018 - 24 February 2019 25 February 2019 - 3 September 2019 4 September 2019 - 3 November 2019 4 November 2019 - 23 February 2020

Primary and Secondary Students (Under 16 yrs) self-guided

£6.00 £8.00 £7.00 £6.00

Post-16 Students self-guided

£7.00 £9.00 £8.00 £7.00
Higher Education Students self-guided* £13.25 £13.25 £13.25 £13.25

Additional adults

£13.25 £13.25 £13.25 £13.25

Education session

Free £1.50 per student Free Free

*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 contact Supporter Services.

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, post-16, or higher education pupils. Any adults above this ratio are required to pay the admission 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 contact Supporter Services 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 29 October 2018 to 24 February 2019, from 4 September 2019 to 23 February 2020. Sessions cost £1.50 per pupil per session from 25 February 2019 - 3 September 2019. 

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

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 Discovery & Learning department at learning@zsl.org

Terms & conditions

Digital Outreach

Digital Outreach Giraffe Image

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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