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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2LF, England
+44 344 225 1826
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I had the most wonderful day here today. The staff were fantastic, and I got to fulfill a lifetime... read more

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cattericklisa
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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One of the best zoos I've been to!

So many animals all set in different continents (areas) which is great for children's learning of... read more

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sealred
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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The UK's largest Zoo set in 600 acres of panoramic scenery, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is packed full of wonder and amazement, with over 3,500 animals to meet and thousands more surprising and fascinating facts just waiting to be discovered. Find yourself face to face with the world’s tallest mammals at Giraffe Heights, and get unforgettable views of African lions in their natural habitat at the Lions of The Serengeti. See our stunning animals at your leisure by taking a seat on the Jumbo Express, then walk amongst some of the world’s most vividly beautiful butterflies in our Butterfly House. Don’t forget to let your little monkeys run wild in the Hullabazoo farm and play area. This is a place where fun days help us fund raise. Where your visit will help support our conservation work in over 50 countries around the world. Where really great days out can make a really positive difference to the wildlife we work to protect. Enjoy a really great day out that makes a real difference.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“butterfly house” (185 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2LF, England
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+44 344 225 1826
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Reviewed today via mobile

I had the most wonderful day here today. The staff were fantastic, and I got to fulfill a lifetime dream of being aloud to get up close and experience feeding one of the elephant's amazing day .

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Reviewed 2 days ago

So many animals all set in different continents (areas) which is great for children's learning of where animals come from. The talks that were put on was really good and also education for the children. I also loved how close up you could get to...More

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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your encouraging review. It’s so lovely to hear you enjoyed your visit to Whipsnade Zoo, while learning all about animals from across the world. Our aim is to inspire and empower our explorers on how we can mould the future of our...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wife and I made visit to this little gem of a restaurant with amazing views. Food and service was great - well worth the money especially if you are members and can focus on just being a foodie rather than a zoologist!More

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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased to read your positive comments after dining at our recently refurbished, River Cottage restaurant. We have work hard on providing an eatery that allows our diners to indulge in high quality food, whilst gazing across our...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spent today there with our nearly three year old grandson What a wonderful setting and great zoo Penguin pool truly amazing landscape Loads of attractions, play park areas and great picnic areas Displays were very well presented with good presentations of good information.The birds worthy...More

Thank janefisher10
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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your kind review. It's so lovely to hear that ZSL Whipsnade is still able to create fun memories for you and your family! We have endeavoured to create a day out full of amazing animals, accommodating facilities and friendly staff. Taking full...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very reasonable in price and lots of fun to be had, lots of nice places to eat and fair prices on those too boot. Lots to see and do recommendMore

Thank Matthew R
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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your kind review. We have endeavoured to create an experience that both informs and inspires our visitors, so it is brilliant to read your encouraging words. Thank you for supporting our charity, by visiting us you have directly contributed in our Work...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Used Tesco vouchers, made it all easy. The great thing about the zoo is that it’s incredibly well run. The staff all love the animals and it’s a fabulous place to just stroll about, definitely don’t rush it. If you are doing a ‘one-off’ visit...More

Thank Simon H
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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for you review after visiting ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We are pleased to hear you were able to take advantage of our 3rd party offers and discounts, like Tesco’s Clubcard Points! We have endeavoured to create a fun filled day out for all of...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is a wonderful zoo to visit. It is large so I would get there early to make sure you can get around it all. It is a very picturesque place where it is based with great views to eat a picnic. We walked around...More

1  Thank Smallster94
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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your recent review. We pride ourselves on providing a fun filled day out for all our visitors, so it’s a pleasure to read you found this was the case! Here at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, we are proud to spread across 600 acres,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a large zoo with quite a lot to see. The animals all have large enclosures which means you do have a lot of walking to do. For those with mobility problems there a bus service is advertised but didn’t seem to be running...More

1  Thank Angela T
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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased to read you had a lovely time vising ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We have endeavoured to create a day out full of amazing animals, accommodating facilities and friendly staff. It’s lovely to hear you have taken full...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day out for families, couples and tourists. Not overly expensive but prices may be difficult for larger families but lots to offer. Big open space for the animals and visitors. Make sure you get in early because there is lots to see and its...More

Thank CTP1984
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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your encouraging review! We are so pleased to hear that had a fun day out exploring our Zoo and riding our Jumbo Express! With over 600 acres we have created a variety of unique exhibits and shows, that enrich our animals and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been coming to whipsnade for nearly 20 years, am currently a Friends member which entitles me to also bring a guest and car in for free. But OMG whatever made you change the set up of the Basecamp cafe?? So, so disappointed! Always used to...More

1  Thank lindacxx13
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Supporter-Services, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your review after your recent visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. It’s so lovely to read that you are a continued supporter of ZSL, by frequently visiting us and our animals. We are however naturally disappointed to hear you are unhappy with the...More

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KIRSTY B
16 May 2018|
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Response from crazyfishlady | Reviewed this property |
there isn't a water play area but there is a large outdoor playground, although not a huge amount there for little ones. the indoor soft play at hullabazoo is great but gets very busy and you often need to book a time slot
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Michaelbates400
5 May 2018|
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Response from louise w | Reviewed this property |
I’ve never known this to be the case you’d have to ring the zoo to check, good luck
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sophiierose
17 November 2017|
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Response from Supporter-Services | Property representative |
Hello, Apologies for the late response. The bird and sea lion show and train stop in the winter months and will start again in Easter. Our Jumbo Express will start again in February half term everyday and then weekends... More
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