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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.

Penguin Beach
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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!

Rainforest Life
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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.

Land of the Giants
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Land of the Giants

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

Spiders Talk
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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.

Our insider 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 should I visit?
    The Zoo opens each day at 10:00AM but closing times vary by time of year. Closed only on Christmas Day.
  • Is it expensive?
    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 information

    • 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

Overall rating
4.1 / 5
based on 521 reviews

Myself and my nephew (15) enjoyed going from Little Venice to Camden on the canal boat. We heard about some of the history of his stretch of canal and the famous residents whose houses and gardens were beside the canal. The weather was wet and grey but we were fine and dry inside the boat.

The boat arrived on time, we were greeted by very friendly staff. The boat was enclosed, which is good in the rain! Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I had a great time, would definitely recommend it.

A very enjoyable trip. The guide, Nicki was extremely knowledgable and informative. For London I would describe this as a hidden gem. Would recommend, especially for more mature customers.

This was a really lovely experience. I took my teenage daughter who thoroughly enjoyed the experience too. We both wished it could be longer and vowed to do it again.

The ticket was not avaidable on tje 2nd day with the app, i was lucky that i printed it aswell otherwise i would not be able to use it any more.

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