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Address: Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2LF, England
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Enjoy an epic day out at the UK's largest Zoo. Set in 600 acres of...

Enjoy an epic day out at the UK's largest Zoo. Set in 600 acres of panoramic scenery and rolling Chiltern Hills, and with over 2,741 unique animals and 193 different species ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is a group adventure you will never forget!

See the elephants on their daily walk around the Zoo, view the majestic rhino in their huge paddock, meet our lion pride, spot the cheetahs as they speed by and don't forget to look up our lofty giraffes too!

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Massive zoo with plenty of both wild and 'farm' animals. Good toilet/baby changing facilities, lots of Caffès, 'drink' corners. You can (if you want to and willing to pay little... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Massive zoo with plenty of both wild and 'farm' animals. Good toilet/baby changing facilities, lots of Caffès, 'drink' corners. You can (if you want to and willing to pay little bit extra) drive around the zoo in your own car and then just pull over to the desire attraction! Great day out

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited midweek in March. Thankfully we used tesco vouchers as without them it would be £28 per adult which is a tad on the high side, especially when you look at places like Yorkshire Wildlife Park or Colchester which, although smaller in acreage, I would say are similar in terms of animals. Be prepared for a walk if you don't... More 

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Thank Matthew S
Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Matthew, Thank you for the detailing review of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We are the biggest Zoo in the UK so there is a lot of walking during visits which we can see from your pedometer. Our Jumbo Express here is an additional service for an additional charge. It is running weekends only until Easter holidays where it is running... More 

Dunstable, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A great day out ! So much to see free parking is a bonus a little bit pricey but a fun day for all The train was a great way to see the whole park but next time we will plan the day so we get to see more of the park

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Edward, Our team are pleased to hear that you had a great time on our Jumbo Express. We recommend spending a full day with us to visit our all animal residents. There is a new hunting dog enclosure and elephant barn opening soon. Please come and visit More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

As members we go quite regularly at the weekends and had another great day today animals were very active today and also see the chimps bedtime for the 1st and also their dinner amazing animals so clever and staff very knowledgeable on the animals looking forward to the wild dog pack arriving and new elephant enclosure opening!

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Maxwell, Thank you for your 5* review. We are glad to hear that you were able to see the Chimp Bedtime snacks in the afternoon. The hunting dog enclosure launches on 28th and 29th with our Paw Patrol guests coming for a visit. Hopefully you can come and say hello to chase and marshall and our 5 new hunting... More 

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My family bought my membership for the zoo as a birthday gift so visited for the first time since I was a child at the weekend. We had our young son with us (18 months) so due to his napping schedule we didn't go for the whole day, just tge morning but we weren't disappointed as we got a good... More 

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Lianne, We are pleased to hear that you were able to use your birthday membership with us. Despite the gap since your previous visit our team are delighted to hear that you were not disappointed. We are going to fed back to our colleagues regarding the friendly and helpful staff. In the summer their a number of great spots... More 

milton keynes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely zoo set in a very picturesque place. There is so much to see that we ran out of time. The animals are well looked after and have plenty of space. I would recommend to take a picnic and you definitely need a full day here if you want to see some of the shows as well which... More 

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Emzy, Glad you found that ZSL Whipsnade Zoo was fabulous. As we are the largest Zoo in the UK we advise spending a full day with us to cover the enclosures and different talks throughout the day. Our train here at ZSL is run and maintained by a specialist group of engineers and has significant running costs. As such... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really great zoo, wide variety of animals and worth the money you pay to get in especially with a car! We went on a freezing day so paying an extra £25 to drive from enclosure to enclosure was so worth it! One thing that I wasn't keen on was the pricing of the food especially after Paying £67 to get... More 

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Izzy, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit this blustery March with your guest. All of the food here at ZSL is locally sourced and produced on site and is close in pricing to other attractions. However we have passed through the information onto our catering team for future pricing. There are lots of changes coming to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great family day out with the kids. It's quite a large zoo so be prepared for lots of walking. Best to have a good set of walking boots or wellies as it can be muddy. The animal enclosures are a mixed of vast ones for the likes of the rhino, elephants and lions but then disappointingly small for the sea... More 

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for joining us at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for a fun family day out. We like your tips of wearing willies and booking. As we are based in the countryside it can sometimes get a little muddy and purchasing online saves money and queuing! Our lion enclosure can look deceptive in sizing as the enclosure runs behind the... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fantastic day out with the kids. Lots to do and see. You can get up really close to all the animals weather it's a glass enclosure, the giraffe tree top walk way so you can get head hight. There is a steam train that will take you round some of the park so you can see the... More 

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for the lovely photos of your visit to Whipsnade Zoo. By far, our favourite, is the picture of our train manager popping his head up around the passage through Asia. We are glad you and your family had a great day and were able to get up close and personal with our residents here. Our new hunting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great fun. The zoo is spread on a very large space. All the animals have lots of space to roam around. Great outposts for watching. If you are lucky to go on a sunny day you can spend an entire day watching, maybe having a picnic.

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Supporter-Services, Supporter Services Co-Ordinator at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review

Hi David, Thank you for the great photograph of the sleeping lions here at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We have found that the best place for picnics in good weather is down on the Dunstable Downs with great views of herts, beds and bucks. More 

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