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Whipsnade Zoo Whipsnade Zoo

If you want to get close to some of the most fascinating animals on the planet and you're a good walker, then this is the day out for you. Set in 600 acres of parkland on the Chiltern Hills, Whipsnade has over 2,500 animals, great exhibits and lots to learn about.

Although the Zoo has been criticised for being run down, it's investing in conservation projects, new animal enclosures and improved visitor facilities. The £1million, 5,000 sq m Cheetah Rock exhibit, opened in March 08, enables visitors to admire these amazing cats from just a few metres distance inside a floor-to-ceiling glass walled hut.  The revamped, eco-friendly Rhinos of Nepal exhibit includes indoor heated pools for year-round wallowing enjoyment, a maternity wing and a spacious viewing area.

On a lighter note, there's sealion show, elephantastic demonstrations, a chimpnasium and every animal you can think of, whether you like penguins, pandas or pythons. They all need room to live and breed in, so be prepared to walk a lot, hop on and off the free tour bus or pay extra to take your car in. There are several places to grab a drink or a snack (some are seasonal only), or eat your our own picnic on a grassy spot. Even on a warm summer's day, it can be chilly up at the zoo so we recommend that you take something warm, just in case.


  • meeting and learning about so many unusual animals
  • a children's farm for little ones
  • a ride on the steam-hauled Jumbo Express (check times and prices at the Zoo)

Admission: See website for current prices and to book tickets online.


Address and Contact info

  • Address: , Dunstable
  • Town: Beds
  • County: LU6 2LF

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what became of the monkey monkey monkey? - review by rnk

We had a lovely few hours at Whipsnade today. There were four of us in our 'party' including a five year old, and we each had a top time. The five year old's favourites were the otters, the train, the bus (he didn't believe that it was a zebra on wheels), and the cheetahs. We adults liked the meerkats, the rhinos and the lions. Where were the monkeys though? You can get up real close and stay on your feet, unlike in large parts of Woburn, where you're basically stuck in your car queuing for the lions. At £15, or less for concessions, a head it's not cheap, but as a fun, educational day out for all it was worth every penny. Plus they have Dyson airblades in the toilets. [Mar 09]

29 Mar 09
Whipsnade Zoo


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