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The London Zoo's Must-See Animal Attractions

Over 700 species of wildlife survive and thrive at London Zoo, which has been one of the city's top attractions since 1847. At such a famous site, it can be hard to know when to start - here are some tips.

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Penguin Beach

Visit the largest penguin pool in England, created with a South American ecosystem in mind. Spot the Rockhopper penguins, recognizable from their wacky hairstyles!

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Rainforest Life

Creatures of the rainforest have to live in humid conditions, so London Zoo has built a special greenhouse for them. Hang out with the cute monkeys and sloths!

Night Life

An extra part of Rainforest Life, this could be your one chance to see some nocturnal animals! Counted among the elusive beasties are armadillos and slow lorises.

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Land of the Giants

Giant turtles are just some of the amazing reptiles and amphibians you can marvel at here.

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Spiders Talk

If you aren't afraid of creepy crawlies, the daily meet-and-greet with these friendly, furry tarantulas will be up your street.

London Zoo: Our Tips

Temporary exhibitions

London Zoo has many temporary exhibitions and seasonal activities, so as well as the tips we've listed here, don't forget to check out the website to see what's on during your visit.

Sun protection

You'll be spending a lot of the day outside, so if it's sunny out - or even if the sun is just hiding behind a cloud - make sure you are adequately protected and drink lots of water.

Peaceful visit

If you prefer to have a quieter visit, try to go on a weekday afternoon - you'll have missed the morning rush and many would-be visitors will be at school or work.

Animals have feelings too

Last but not least, the zoo is home to these animals! Although you may think they are used to visitors, don't shriek at them or do anything else that might annoy them - if you have kids, make sure they're on their best behavior.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    The Zoo opens each day at 10:00AM but closing times vary by time of year. Closed only on Christmas Day.
  • What is the price?
    Online adult tickets start at £22.50, and for £4.50 more you can jump right to the front of the line.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is not necessary, but it could make the experience even more exciting for the little ones.
  • How to get there
    Walk from the Camden Town or Regent's Park stations, or take the 274 bus from Baker Street to Ormonde Terrace.
  • Additional tips
    • Children under 16 are not permitted without a parent.
    • The last admission is one hour before the posted closing time.

What People Are Saying About London Zoo

it was great fun going to London zoo for the first time

My daughter love it so much she enjoy watching penguins show and seeing all the animals and playing at the play ground having a face painting and going on miracle round the only thing she didn't see is elephants & giraffe

Skip the Line: London Zoo Reviewed by sylvia, 09/01/2016

You do skip the line after you've gone through the first line

Basically there is a pre paid tickets line which you wait in, but then you branch off into a kiosk where the guy let's you straight through whilst the other pre paid people que for ages, mobile app was pretty cool too, great zoo aswell

Skip the Line: London Zoo Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/25/2016

We enjoyed the entire day and got more than our money's worth!

Fantastic zoo! Animals well cared for and live events were great fun. We were there for five hours but still could have stayed longer.

Skip the Line: London Zoo Reviewed by Annie, 05/16/2016

it was incredible we walked straight in, no waiting at all

I purchased two adult tickets, which is fine but it wasn't clear to me whether reductions were available for wheelchair users, if so I would have purchased this ticket as a wheelchair user, because some of the attractions were more difficult to see due to wheelchair height

Skip the Line: London Zoo Reviewed by Lynnie, 05/07/2016

First time I have booked anything like this on line,all went well.

As said in my one sentence,all went well,did not have to join a queue,straight in without a fuss.

Skip the Line: London Zoo Reviewed by MALCOLM, 04/16/2016

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