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Regretfully we have taken the decision to close ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to visitors with immediate effect, and until further notice, following the latest update from the UK Government. This is the right and responsible decision to protect our people and our community.

Rest assured that our animals will remain well fed and cared for, and the top priority for our dedicated zookeepers and other essential zoo staff, and we are making sure these front line workers are able to get to and from work safely. Find out more

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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is the UK's biggest Zoo! Find out how to visit us...

Opening Times

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is open from 10am every day of the year (except Christmas Day) with seasonal closing times.

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Asian elephant at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Entry costs

Find out more about ticket prices for ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, including how you can save by booking online.
Little girl riding Micro Trike at Whipsnade Zoo pushed by dad in jeans

Micro Trikes to hire

We now have Micro Trikes available to hire, for toddlers to effortlessly whizz around the Zoo, on your visit.

Terms of entry

  • Permission must be obtained for all filming and photography for commercial purposes.
  • Children under 16 will not be admitted without an adult.
  • Re-entry to the Zoo is allowed with a valid hand stamp from the main gate.
  • No dogs are allowed on the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo premises.
  • Bicycles and motor bikes are not allowed on Zoo premises.
  • BBQs not permitted.
  • Rollerskates, rollerblades, skateboards are not allowed on zoo premises. Children's scooters are permitted as long as they are supervised by an adult.
  • Heelys roller shoes must not be used as skates, but may be worn as shoes.
  • Please note, there is no provision for left luggage.
  • See ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's smoking policy


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Education session at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Daily Animal Talks

Get the most out of your day by learning more about the animals at the talks and feeds!
Two children embracing the rain in wellies at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Wet Weather Guide

There are plenty of indoor areas and sheltered spaces to enjoy, come rain or shine! Follow our top tips to get the...


Let your little ones have a truly wild day out with Hullabazoo Adventure Play and Hullabazoo Indoor Play!
Mara on the Chiltern downs at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo


Find out all about accessibility at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
Map of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo 2014

Zoo map

Help plan your wild day out with the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo map.
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Jumbo Express

Take a ride on one of our steam engines as they weave their way through the territories of some of the world'...
River Cottage Kitchen

Food and Drink

The zoo has a variety of on-site catering outlets, perfect for anyone feeling peckish.
A group of adults entertained by animals at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Group visits

Plan your group visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and get discounted entry for groups of ten people or more!