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ZSL London ZooLondon
Outer Circle
London NW1 4RY
TfL Fare Zone 2

 

London Zoo is managed by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). They also manage the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo at Dunstable in Bedfordshire.

The ZSL is a charity dedicated to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. All the staff who work at both the London and Whipsinade Zoos participate in the protection and breeding of endangered species, and the protection of essential habitat.

Set in the northern end of The Regent's Park and close to Regent’s Canal, the Zoo is packed full with fascinating animals, reptiles, birds and insects displayed in some of the most imaginative and creative habitats.

One of the World's Best Zoos
It is truly one of the best world zoos and is a great day out for the whole family.
 
London Zoo has replaced its old cages with new enclosures more reminiscent of the animals’ natural surroundings. Visitors can climb platforms to get an animal’s eye view of their surroundings and literally come ‘face to face’ with some of the largest animals like giraffes.
 
The Zoo is designed in such a way that the animals appear to be wandering around, looking at us, the visitor. Their habitats encourage breeding and thus conservation of endangered species.
 
Favourite exhibits include ‘Gorilla Kingdom’, ‘Tiger Territory’, ‘Into Africa’, ‘Meet the Monkeys’, ‘Penguin Beach’, BUGS, the ‘Butterfly House’, and a special Children’s Zoo where young visitors can touch the animals. Meet the enormous Galapagos Tortoises - Dirk, Dolly, Polly and Priscilla. These gentle giants are the largest tortoises in the world and can live for over 150 years.
 
Find out more about animal exhibits at ZSL London Zoo including the brand new up close experiences – ‘In With The Lemurs’ and ‘In With The Spiders’! Go to Web:  ZSL London Zoo/ Exhibits
 
The Zoo has more than 651 species of animals, both large and small, but some of the largest animals such as elephants and rhinos have now been moved to Whipsinade to give them more room.
 
History
ZSL London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo, opened in 1828 but it was not opened to the public until 1847. It was the first zoo to open a Reptile House (1849), an Aquarium (1853), an Insect House (1881) and a children’s zoo in 1938.
 
This history has left the Zoo with many listed buildings making it an elegant as well as a fascinating place to visit.
 
Refreshments
There are Refreshment facilities dotted around the Zoo.
 
Disabled Access
Although some of the buildings are 170 years old, most of the exhibits are accessible to wheelchair users and the mobility impaired. Go to the zoo website for full details  Web: ZSL London Zoo/ Disabled Access
 
Opening times
The Zoo has an excellent website with detailed information on ticket prices, opening times, disability access, parking and much more: Go to Web: ZSL London Zoo/ Visiting Times
 
Admission Costs
As ZSL is a charity, prices include an optional contribution component. Avoid the queues and advance book online  Web: ZSL London Zoo/ Ticketing
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)2077 223 333
 
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to ZSL London Zoo, use the TfL Journey Planner.

The London Zoo web site has an excellent map with detailed directions at Web: Visit ZSL London Zoo

- By Underground
Camden Town Station    Northern Line

Note: Camden Town Tube Station is very busy at weekends and entry may be restricted on Sunday afternoons to help prevent overcrowding on the platforms. Please refer to Transport for London website above.

- By waterbus
The London Waterbus Company runs a scheduled service along the Regent's Canal from Camden Lock or from Little Venice to ZSL London Zoo. The Waterbus has a dedicated London Zoo stop and visitors enter straight into the Zoo from the London Waterbus wharf.
 
Contacts for the London Waterbus Company
Telephone   +44 (0)2074 822 660 - Information
Telephone   +44 (0)2074 822 550 – Bookings London Waterbus Co  
 
Google Maps - ZSL London Zoo