Insider’s Guide to Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Set within extensive grounds ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is a popular attraction for adults & children alike with the added advantage of being able to take you car into the setting!  Follow our top tips below to help you get the most from your day out at the zoo.

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tiger at zoo

Photo; Phil Loach


Top Tips for Whipsnade Zoo

1. That’s The Ticket; there are plenty of ways & means to bring the entrance charges down at Whipsnade.  From online promotions to combi ticket options, there are plenty of savings to be had.  More details available at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Deals.

2. Parking; make use of the FREE external car park or take your car into the zoo which can be particularly beneficial for those with mobility difficulties.

3. Priority Entrance; those that can book online in advance, take advantage of fast track entrance that can substantially reduce queue times during busy times.

4. Pack Your Lunch; great to see that picnics are welcome although sadly there are no lockers on site. It is an active day out at Whipsnade Zoo so worth packing a number of drinks to quench the thirst throughout the day.  More information available at ZSL Whipsnade – Picnics.

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hippos at Whipsnade zoo

Whipsnade Zoo


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5. Take The Bus; make use of the FREE hop on/hop off bus that runs regularly throughout the setting.  Whipsnade is set within 600 acres of parkland making it a large attraction to explore by foot so worth taking advantage of this free method of transport & save your legs & money.

6. Membership; take advantage of joint Whipsnade & London Zoo Membership that offers unlimited entry to both settings throughout the year.  Membership also comes with a host of additional benefits including priority access & parking perks.

7. Scooters; whilst bikes & roller blades are not allowed at Whipsnade Zoo, you’ll see plenty of children on their scooters.  This is a great way to help younger customers explore the zoo without any complaints about walking!

8. Let Off Steam; children will love the new adventure playground and FREE indoor play area (Hullabaloo) that offers a change  of scene.  Whilst Hullabaloo is deemed suitable for children under 10 years, it would seem best suited for younger children.


feeding the penguins at the zoo

Photo; Phil Loach


More Top Tips for Whipsnade Zoo

9. Itinerary; plan ahead and see what’s on as it can be worthwhile working out what you’d like to achieve during your visit.  Whipsnade Zoo is set within extensive grounds, so it’s best to the leg work up front.

10. Additional Extras; face painting & steam train rides are available at extra cost but there is plenty to see & do in the park without the need for additional extras.

11. Indoor Play Area; hullabaloo is run on a limited number of timed sessions throughout the day.  On busy days, I would suggest heading straight over to the indoor play area to book a FREE timed session to ensure availability.

12. Lookout Lodges; you can now book accommodation onsite within their Whipsnade Lookout Lodges to take advantage of out of hours tours around the zoo and includes 2 days entry to the zoo.

13. Whipsnade Zoo Christmas Grotto; look out for the Whipsnade Zoo Christmas Grotto that offers a chance to see the reindeer up close in their paddock before a special visit with is quite something to behold.


Whipsnade Zoo accommodation lookout lodges

Lookout Lodges at Whipsnade Zoo




By Liz Walsh


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