• Whipsnade Zoo Tickets
  • Whipsnade Zoo Tickets
  • Whipsnade Zoo Tickets
  • Whipsnade Zoo Tickets
  • Whipsnade Zoo Tickets

Whipsnade Zoo Tickets

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is one of the world's most remarkable and immersive wildlife experiences. As you embark on your journey through this expansive zoo, you will encounter over 3,800 incredible animals representing more than 200 species. From majestic elephants to playful penguins, from stealthy big cats to captivating primates, your ZSL Whipsnade Zoo tickets double up as a contribution to the conservation initiatives and animal welfare programs supported by the zoo. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is committed to safeguarding endangered species and preserving habitats, and your visit plays a vital role in supporting these essential efforts. Visit with your verified tickets from TicketsToDo that cover your zoo engagements throughout the day.

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Last Updated: 27th Sep 2023
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  • Wide Range of Animals: From iconic elephants, rhinos, and lions to exotic birds, reptiles, and insects, the zoo offers a diverse collection that showcases the rich biodiversity of our planet.
  • Vast Parkland Setting: Immerse yourself in the largest zoo in the UK, sprawling across 600 acres of stunning parkland nestled in the scenic Chiltern Hills. You'll have to make the most of your Whipsnade zoo map.
  • Open Spaces and Animal Enclosures: One of the unique features of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is its vast open spaces and naturalistic enclosures. Animals are provided with ample room to roam and exhibit their natural behaviors, mimicking their wild habitats as closely as possible.
  • European Breeding Programs: Whipsnade Zoo is actively involved in various European breeding programs for endangered species. These programs aim to breed and reintroduce animals back into their natural habitat, contributing to global conservation efforts.
  • Elephant Herd and Asian Rhinos: Whipsnade Zoo is particularly renowned for its impressive Asian elephant herd and its conservation work with Asian rhinos. 
  • Giraffe Heights: You can get up close and personal with giraffes like never before. The Giraffe Heights experience allows visitors to stand on an elevated platform and feed these graceful creatures. This experience is heaven to animal lovers.
  • Roaring African Lion Pride: Experience the power and majesty of African lions as you encounter them. Hear their iconic roars echo through the air and learn about their behavior and importance in the ecosystem from engaging keeper talks.
  • Discovery Centre and Interactive Exhibits: The Discovery Centre is an educational hub that offers a range of hands-on activities. The whole family can delve into the fascinating world of Whipsnade zoo animals through engaging displays, educational presentations, and interactive workshops that focus on conservation, animal behavior, and environmental sustainability.
  • Special Events and Activities: Throughout the year, ZSL Zoo hosts a variety of special events and activities for visitors of all ages. These may include seasonal celebrations, behind-the-scenes tours, animal feeding sessions, and talks by zoo experts.
  • Imaginative Play Areas: Ignite your children's imaginations in the expansive 7,800 square meters of themed play areas that boast bridges, swings, climbing frames, sit-on crocodiles, tunnels, boats, sand play and mini safari jeeps. Embark on wild adventures as they interact with imaginative play structures, learn about their favorite animals, unleash their energy at the Hullabazoo farm.
  • Ride on the nostalgic steam train: A memorable journey on two steam engines awaits; Excelsior and Superior, as they gracefully traverse the captivating habitats of elephants, rhinos, camels, and deer and offer a magical view of the biggest zoo in the UK.

What To Expect

As you make your way through the park, you'll encounter an incredible variety of animals from around the world, all housed in spacious and carefully designed enclosures that mimic their natural habitats. Throughout the day, you have the opportunity to attend informative talks and demonstrations conducted by knowledgeable zookeepers in the inclusion of the full ticket price. These sessions provide fascinating insights into the lives, behaviors, and conservation efforts of the animals, adding depth to your understanding of the wildlife you encounter.

As you navigate, you'll come across displays that engage visitors of all ages and fascinate the kids. These interactive elements offer opportunities to learn more about the animal kingdom, conservation initiatives, and the importance of protecting endangered species. With 7,800 square meters of themed play spaces, kids can explore, climb, and interact with many animals allowing for a balance between education and entertainment. Throughout your visit, you can take leisurely strolls on the pathways, affording breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

When you've explored the zoo to your heart's content, you can make your way towards the exit, leaving with a deeper appreciation for the animal kingdom with incredible animal experiences. Before departing, consider visiting the gift shop, where you can find souvenirs, educational materials, and gifts to commemorate your visit or support the zoo's conservation efforts.

Food and Drinks

Whipsnade Zoo offers a variety of food and drink options for visitors to enjoy:
Base Camp Restaurant: Open from 10 am to 4 pm every day, you can conveniently order and pay for your meal using your phone with the provided QR code.

Base Camp BBQ: Available on weekends from 10 am to 3 pm, indulge in delicious barbecued treats.

Viewpoint Kitchen and Deli: Open every day from 10 am to 3 pm, and on weekends from 12 pm to 3 pm at Viewpoint Kitchen Restaurant. Enjoy Al Forno pasta dishes, freshly made pizzas, and a beautiful view of the white rhinos and Downs.

Visitor Centre Café: Situated at the zoo's entrance, the cafe serves deli sandwiches, hot savoury snacks (including breakfast baps), and a selection of hot and cold drinks from 10 am to 6 pm daily.

Station Store Picnic Shop: Open on weekends from 10 am to 4 pm, located next to The Great Whipsnade Railway, grab sandwiches, bakery items, and hot or cold drinks for a picnic.

Hullabazoo: Open from 10 am to 5 pm every day; get a drink and snack at Hullabazoo, conveniently located next to the indoor play area.

African Outpost: Open on weekends from 10 am to 4 pm; explore this outpost for additional food and drink options.

Afternoon Tea at Viewpoint Kitchen and Deli: Treat yourself to a delightful afternoon tea served at 2 pm, available on weekends and daily during the school summer holidays.

A cabin which is a ticket counter reads “A big Thank You,” as cars drive through the entry.

The ticket counter is the first point of contact for visitors and serves as the gateway to an exciting day of wildlife exploration.

A crowd looking at the penguin dancing at the pool.

The penguin pool is a captivating and vibrant area that allows visitors to observe these charming and playful aquatic birds in their specially designed habitat.

A group of people looking down on giraffes from a vantage point.

Giraffe Heights offers a vantage point where visitors can observe giraffes engaging in activities, such as browsing on leaves, socializing and basking in the sun.

Two children popping out from the double O’s of “ZOO” written frame.

The play area includes climbing frames, slides, swings, and other appropriate equipment that encourages active play and exploration.

A woman feeding a giraffe over the fence.

Get up close and personal with the giraffes and feed them while observing their graceful movements, towering height, and distinctive features.

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Insider Tips

  • Plan your visit in advance: Book tickets from TicketsToDo and plan your visit in advance. Check the zoo's website for special events and any temporary closures or maintenance. Consider arriving early to maximize your time and avoid potential crowds.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and footwear: The zoo is located on hilly terrain, so be prepared for some uphill and downhill walking. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. It's also a good idea to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
  • Bring snacks and water: Exploring the zoo can work up an appetite, so consider bringing your own snacks and a refillable water bottle. Various dining options are available within the zoo premises, where you can purchase refreshments and meals.
  • Take advantage of talks and feeding sessions: Check the schedule upon arrival and plan your route accordingly to catch some informative and interactive sessions.
  • Don't rush and take your time: Whipsnade Zoo is meant to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, so take your time to explore each exhibit fully.
  • Utilize the zoo map and signage: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo provides visitors with maps and clear signage throughout the park. Familiarize yourself with the map to plan your route and prioritize the exhibits you're most interested in.
  • Bring binoculars: Some animals may be at a distance from the viewing areas, so bringing binoculars can enhance your viewing experience. Photography is allowed but permission must be obtained for all filming and photography for commercial purposes. Be mindful and respectful of the guidelines.
  • Check for special events and experiences: Whipsnade often hosts special events, such as behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, or seasonal celebrations. Keep an eye on the zoo's website or social media channels for information on these additional experiences.

Know Before You Go

Entry and Regulations:

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm.
  • Last enty at 04:00 pm.
  • The Zoo is open every day except on Christmas Day. The opening time remains constant, but the closing time is seasonal.
  • The animal houses close 30 minutes before the Zoo closes.
  • Children under 16 will not be admitted without an adult.
  • Permission must be obtained for photography for commercial purposes.
  • No dogs are allowed on the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo premises.
  • Bicycles and motorbikes are not allowed.
  • BBQs not permitted.
  • Rollerskates, rollerblades, and skateboards are not allowed. 
  • No adult scooters are allowed.
  • There is no provision for left luggage.
  • Last entry (pedestrian entry) 07:30 pm.
  • Last car entry is at 05:00 pm.

Here are the timings until March 2024:

Months: Opens Closes Last Entry
26 March - 4 September 2023: 10:00 am 06:00 pm 05:00 pm
5 September- 28 October 2023: 10:00 am 05:00 pm 04:00 pm
29 October- 9 February 2024: 10:00 am 04:00 pm 03:00 pm
10 February- 28 March 2024: 10:00 am 05:00 pm 04:00 pm

Ticket Information: 

  • All tickets are non-refundable. 
  • The tickets are non-transferable. 
  • You can show the Whipsnade Zoo e-ticket at the entrance. 
  • No mutilated tickets will be entertained.

How To Use

  • You can either show a printed copy or the e-ticket on your phone.
  • The Whipsnade Zoo ticket is only valid during the timespan stated in your preferred package.
  • You may enter this tourist attraction directly with the Whipsnade Zoo ticket you receive from TicketsToDo.
  • By Car: If you're traveling by car, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is easily accessible via major road networks. It is located off the B4541, which can be accessed from the A5 or the M1 motorway. 
  • Whipsnade Zoo Parking: There is ample parking available on-site, and parking fees may apply. There are two options:
  • You may park in the free external car park and walk around the Zoo.
  • You may drive into the Zoo and park in specified areas around the Zoo. 
  • By Public Transport: Although there isn't a direct train or bus service to visit Whipsnade Zoo, you can still reach the zoo using a combination of public transport and taxi services:
  • Train: The nearest train station to Whipsnade Zoo is Luton Airport Parkway Station, which is well-connected to Central London and other major cities. From there, you can take a taxi or a local bus.
  • Bus: Local bus services, such as the Arriva 61 and Centrebus A, operate from Luton and Dunstable to Whipsnade Zoo. These buses may have limited schedules, so it's advisable to check the timetable in advance.
  • By Taxi or Rideshare: Taxis and rideshare services are a convenient option for reaching Whipsnade Zoo. You can book a taxi or use mobile apps like Uber or Lyft to arrange transportation from your location directly to the zoo.

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