A trip to zoo makes for a great day out for all the family and you don’t have to travel far to see a whole array of wonderful creatures. Check out our list of the top 6 zoos and wildlife parks in Britain to wake up your wild side.
1. 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!
2. 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 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.
4. Edinburgh Zoo
When staying in Edinburgh be sure to visit the magnificent Edinburgh Zoo now celebrating its 105th 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!
5. Drusillas Park
When staying in Sussex be sure to visit Drusillas Park. Widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out that includes animals, adventure play and rides! With the zoo at the heart of Drusillas you’ll come face to face with hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas, and be sure not to miss the walk-through enclosures – Lemurland and Lory Landing. However, animals are only half the fun! Your little monkeys will adore themed adventure play areas including Go Wild!, Go Bananas!, Amazon Adventure and Get Wet! – the ultimate splash pad experience! And don’t miss both Hello Kitty Secret Garden with three popular rides in a beautiful garden setting or the roar-some attraction Go Safari! where you’ll soar into the skies with the exciting Hippopotobus and Flying Cheetah rides or adventure through the zoo on the Safari Express train.
6. Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park
Located in Stirling, less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh, Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park offers fun-filled animal action for all the family. Embark on a thrilling safari experience, stopping off around the park to see a variety of wildlife. From gentle giants to curious cats, you’ll be roaring with delight at all of the marvellous sights. When the journey ends, you can get up close and personal with the many species on show and discover more with informative talks and demonstrations throughout the day. Be sure to hop aboard the boat to Chimp Island and marvel at the mischievous primates as they monkey around throughout the day. With many different areas to explore and lots of wildlife to see, you’re guaranteed entertainment for all ages.