What are the Best Zoos to Visit in the UK?

If you are a family of animal lovers then it is hard to beat a day out to the zoo. Getting to see rare, beautiful and majestic creatures that you typically only see on television in the flesh is an amazing experience and there are many superb zoos up and down the country which are well-suited to families with much more than just animals on show.

Here are a few of the best.

Colchester Zoo

Home to over 250 species (including a number of endangered ones), Colchester Zoo is a fantastic family day out set in 60 acres with some of the best cat and primate collections in all of Europe. There are also play areas, a fun train going throughout the zoo, lakes and much more to keep everyone entertained.

London Zoo

London Zoo is often the first one to be discussed and this is for good reason. Located in the beautiful Regent’s Park, London Zoo has over 650 species in a 36-acre conservation. The oldest scientific zoo in the world, it was also the first to launch an aquarium, insect house, children’s zoo and a reptile house. You can often find London Zoo discounts online and you are well-situated in the heart of the capital so you have plenty more to explore too.

Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo is just 12 acres but houses over 450 species so it is packed full of fun and also a great place for learning about the species that you are viewing and how the zoo is helping them.

Edinburgh Zoo

Set in 82 acres, Edinburgh Zoo is the only place in the UK to care for koalas and giant pandas while also being home to over 1,000 rare animals. It is also situated in a breathtaking parkland on the outskirts of Edinburgh and provides amazing views over the city.

Whipsnade Zoo

The UK’s biggest zoo set in 600 acres and home to over 650 species, Whipsnade Zoo is a fantastic day out with the family with a tremendous amount to see and do. It is home to the UK’s largest herd of Asian elephants who roam the grounds along with other impressive species like elephants, brown bears, moose, hippos, zebras and much more.

These are some of the best UK zoos and all brilliant places for an unforgettable day out with the kids. These zoos are the best places to see the most beautiful creatures in the world and many also have unique experiences, educational opportunities, play areas, restaurants and much more.

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