Opening times

All visitors need to pre-book a timed arrival slot. Slots grant entry between either 10am-2pm, 12noon-4pm with last entry at 3pm. Find out more here.

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

Opening times

Dates Opening Last Entry Closing
3 December 2020 - 12 February 2021 10:00 15:00 16:00

Last entry and closing time subject to change due to special events.

  • Please note, our animal houses close 15 minutes before the Zoo closes
  • ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is open every day of the year except Christmas Day
  • Children under 16 will not be admitted without an adult

Book tickets in advance

Our address

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Tel: 0344 225 1826 


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.
  • 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 under the supervision of 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.

Book tickets online

The fastest way to get into the Zoo is by buying your ticket online in advance.

More visitor information


With so much to see and do, a visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is the perfect day out in Bedfordshire for people of all ages.

Our Visitor Information page has all the information you need to plan your day.


Jumbo Express

  • For information on Jumbo Express running times, please see here.