Whipsnade Zoo

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The park covers 600 acres (2.4 km2), and can be located from miles to the north and from the air because of its large white lion hill figure carved into the side of the Dunstable Downs (part of the Chiltern Hills) below the penguin and old lion enclosures.


Due to its size, inside the park, visitors may walk, use the Zoo's bus service, or drive their own cars between the various animal enclosures, or through an 'Asian' area where some animals are allowed to roam free. There is also a narrow gauge train service.


ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is one of Europe's largest wildlife conservation parks. It is home to 6,405 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild. The majority of the animals are kept within sizeable enclosures; others, such as the peacocks, the South American mara and Australian wallabies, roam freely around the park.

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Bedfordshire, East of England, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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Zsl Whipsnade Zoo, Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, Whipsnade, Whipsnade Park Zoo

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Car

Only 20 minutes from the M25 (junction 21), ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is signposted from the M1 (junction 9 and junction 12) and all major roads - just follow the elephant on the above map.

Train

The nearest stations are Luton Parkway and Hemel Hempstead (both about 10 miles away from the Park). Please note that the X31 bus runs from Luton Central Station and not Luton Parkway Station.

Bus

The park is now served by Centrebus route X31, linking Luton Central Station, Luton Centre, Dunstable and Hemel Hempstead (Centre and Rail Station) with the zoo. It runs approximately every 2 hours, Monday to Saturday (with some extra peak time buses)

Admission

Opening times (14 February - 28 March):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
10:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:00

Opening times (29 March - 12 September):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
10:00 - 18:0010:00 - 18:0010:00 - 18:0010:00 - 18:0010:00 - 18:0010:00 - 18:0010:00 - 19:00

Opening times (12 September - 13 February):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
10:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:00

Prices:
AdultChild (3 - 15)Child (Under 2)OAPStudentDisabledFamily (2 Adults & 2 children)Family (1 Adult & 3 children)
£13.90£10.90Free£12.40£12.40£12.40£44.60£44.60

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Contact

Address: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF, UK
Phone: +44 1582 872171
Email: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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