Shortly after we moved back from Cambridge to London, we decided to buy a ZSL membership. Both girls love animals and it’s a nice family activity to spend on a Sunday afternoon. The extra facility you will get with this membership is that it doesn’t only give you access to the London Zoo, but also the one in Whipsnade.
From North London it’s an hour drive, which is not too bad, it also leads you trough picturesque villages, surrounded by fields and trees. It makes clear that this Zoo is somewhere in the middle of the countryside. Upon arrival you will notice a huge board along the road with a Parking sign, it’s easy enough to park you car here and walk a little bit towards the entrance. But if you want to park right next to the Zoo or even in the Zoo, you can buy a special ticket. (Gold members always have access to use this parking service, they are even allowed to use special drive roads through the park).
We decided to park our car at the first parking area and followed the signs towards the entrance which is not even that far. The entrance is housed in a big building where you can buy your tickets, but also can visit a restaurant and souvenir shop. However, it makes more sense to use these facilities on your way back, as this is also the ‘exit’ of the park.
We checked-in with our membership and stepped into the park without any expectations, we thought it would be fun to just go and explore the areas by making a nice walk. – ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is the largest in the UK with 3,800 unique creatures and 600 acres of stunning scenery. You can easily spend a day discovering the whole park with its continents. If you feel like walking is a bit too much, you can also travel through wild meadows with the Jumbo Express Steam Train.
What’s so nice about Whipsnade Zoo is that you can get really close to the animals, it almost feel like you’re walking into the wild where you can spot all sorts of animals, like rhinos, elephants, camels and giraffes. And don’t miss out on ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s special aquarium dedicated to the most fascinating and endangered freshwater fish – some of which are already extinct in the wild!
When planning your visit, make sure to keep also an eye on the daily animal shows and talks so your little explorers can learn all about the locals and their habitats. The Zoo also organise extra activities over the half terms, for example ‘Zoorassic‘, where a part of the park is transformed into the world of dinosaurs.
If you are living around London and have a ZSL membership, Whipsnade Zoo is definitely worth a visit, as it’s such another concept against the London one. However the last one remain my favourite.
For more information about Whipsnade Zoo, their daily shows and ZSL memberships, please click here.
Suitable for ages
Souvenir shop – toilets – education room – event space – restaurant, parking space, suitable for push/wheel chairs, playground
Address & Contact
Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2LF, United Kingdom
For more information about Whipsnade Zoo, click here
T: +44 (0)20 7323 8000
Mon till Sun 10am – 4pm