The Best Zoos and Wildlife Parks in Britain

Child Feeding A GiraffeA trip to one of Britain’s Zoos or Wildlife Parks makes a great day out for all the family and you don’t have to travel far to see a whole array of wonderful creatures. A trip to the zoo never looses its charm and it’s also an educational way to entertain your kids and reconnect with your wild side.

London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo is an absolute must visit if you’re staying at any of our London Hotels. This conservation centre spans 36 acres and houses over 650 species – you could easily spend a week here! Highlights include the lion and penguin feeding, as well as the brand new Giraffe Experience and Tiger Territory. If you just love zoos, then why not become a keeper for the day or book your children on to the junior zoo academy. A once in a lifetime experience!

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is the biggest zoo in Britain and is home to over 11,000 animals for you to peak at.The Tsavo Black Rhino Experience is a large natural enclosure, home to Chester’s group of endangered Black Rhinos – not to be missed! Beat the winter cold in the Tropical Realm and get up close with Crocodiles, Galapagos Tortoises and over 40 species of rare birds. Check the animals out on-line using the webcam tool and see what they’re up to right now! For a really special experience, wait until Christmas and book Lantern Magic. A wonderful night time journey through the zoo, where you can make your own lanterns, meet Santa Claus and make a wish on the Giant Wishing Tree. Stay at our nearby London hotels to make a full day out of it.

Longleat

Longleat is the UK’s number one Safari and Adventure Park and a great day out for all the family. Stay at our nearby hotel for easy access to this drive through adventure which will transport you to another country, as you get up close to zebras, rhinos, lions and cheeky monkeys. For the ultimate wildlife experience check out the new deadly safari adventure. Guided by the BBC’s Steve Backshall you’ll hunt the world’s most dangerous natural killers and try to spot their prey. Afterwards you can download your very own deadly safari certificate, proving your strength and courage in the face of extreme danger.

Edinburgh Zoo

When staying in Edinburgh be sure to visit this magnificent zoo now celebrating its 100th year! If cuddly animals are your thing then meeting Yabbra, Goonaroo and Alinga, Britain’s only Koalas, will leave you squealing with delight. Other popular animals include the two Giant Pandas and the beautiful Sun Bears – but remember, beware of their claws!

Drusillas Zoo Park

When staying in Sussex be sure to visit Drusillas Zoo Park. This zoo is slightly smaller than the others and more manageable in one day. If your children love Thomas The Tank Engine then Drusillas is the perfect park for you! Meet the fat controller on event days and take a ride on Thomas through the park.The Silvery Marmosets are particularly cute and the Boa Constrictors might leave you feeling wobbly.Celebrate Christmas at Drusillas in the Winter Wonderland! Meet Father Christmas, hug a husky and enjoy a steaming glass of mulled wine.

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