London Zoo

Snowdon Aviary, at London Zoo
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London Zoo address and telephone

London Zoo is located at: Outer Circle, Regent’s Park,
London NW1 4RY
You can contact London Zoo on Work +44 (0) 344 225 1826
The London Zoo website can be visited at

London Zoo opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
London Zoo is open to the public from: 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun, Apr-Aug), 10 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon-Sun, Sep-Oct), 10 AM to 4 PM (Mon-Sun, Nov-Mar); Last entry 1 hour before closing
Time required:
A typical visit to London Zoo lasts 3-4 hours (approx)
Ticket cost:
The entry price for London Zoo is: Adult price £28.10; Child cost £20.39 (3-15); Infants free entry (under-3)
Visiting hours and admission charges are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm entrance fees and whether it’s open to visitors before booking tickets and making plans to visit London Zoo

How to get to London Zoo

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London Zoo was Europe’s very first facility dedicated to the study and display of wild animals. When it opened in Regent’s Park in 1828 it was spell-bindingly unique, but things have changed somewhat, and these days the zoo is a focus for conservation projects.

History of London Zoo

The grounds that we see today were chiefly designed by Decimus Burton, but the other architects involved include John Belcher, J. Joass and Hugh Casson.

The animals – garnered from the collections at Windsor Castle and the Tower of London – caused an immediate sensation. When the first chimpanzee arrived in 1835, the public went bananas! The first giraffes moved in a year later, and a steady stream of strange creatures followed for fifty years.

London Zoo set a multitude of records in its first half-century of operation: the world’s first Reptile House (1849); the first public Aquarium (1853), and the first insect house (1881). An elephant house and rhinoceros house were added in the 1960s, and a children’s petting zoo in 1995.

Mappin Terrace, and Snowdon Aviary

London Zoo pioneered the idea of showing off animals in their natural habitat. When the Mappin Terrace opened in 1913, it was the first time that members of the public could see animals in an arctic environment.

Giraffes, zebras, okapi and other African grazers can be seen in the Cotton Terraces, and the monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas are housed near the entrance.

There is also a walk-through aviary – the Snowdon Aviary – and the Moonlight World House for nocturnal creatures.

Animal performances are still a big attraction, and you should remember to check the feeding times to make sure you don’t miss the Animals in Action show. If you want to learn about the world’s ecosystem, then get a ticket for the Web of Life. This contains 60 animal exhibits ranging from ants, termites and jellyfish, to flying birds and stinging bees.

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  • josh – “I've been to lots of zoos all around the world and this one is pretty poor, to be honest. It is way too much money for what you get to see. It's seems to be all about the conservation side of things, which is very noble, but they need to remember that they are also there to entertain people. I dont want to be bombarded with pc nonsense telling me about doctors feeding monkeys with pipettes. I want to actually see the monkeys in the exhibit! I know it's winter and I probably went at the wrong time of year, but half the exhibits seemed to be undergoing maintenance so you couldn't see anything. Maybe I’ll go back in the summer, or maybe I won't. There probably wasn't enough there to make me want to go back, to be honest.”

> Events at London Zoo

   London ZooLondonHere's your chance to enter the animal enclosures, watch them feed, and get close to some of the animals at London Zoo.

   London ZooLondonGet closer to the animals at London Zoo, and help to feed and muck them out, by becoming a London Zoo keeper for a day.

   to London ZooLondonLondon Zoo will be putting on a variety of special events to scare the bejesus out of your kids this Halloween.

   London ZooLondonTreat your kids to a scary sleepover in the Bugs house at London Zoo, alongside the spiders, beetles and creep crawlies.

   London ZooLondonRaise a bit of money for London Zoo and burn all your skin off at the same time, with this Fire Walk for charity.

If you like London Zoo, then you might also like…

> Battersea Park Children’s Zoo Battersea Park Children's Zoo has a collection of monkeys, meerkats, birds, and farmyard animals.
> London Aquarium London boasts one of Europe’s largest aquariums, filled with 3,000 different kinds of marine life.
> Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum covers everything from long-dead dinosaurs to erupting volcanoes.

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