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London Zoo

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About London Zoo

World famous, and world's oldest zoo based in the heart of London.

ZSL London Zoo has been entertaining and delighting visitors since opening to the public in 1847. With over 800 animal species, exciting and innovative exhibits it's a great day out in the capital for all ages and sizes.

Go deeper into Tiger Territory, ZSL London Zoo's latest landmark exhibit. Visitors will embark on a journey through the Indonesian jungle and come face-to-face with one of nature's most breathtaking predators, the Sumatran tiger.

But there is more in store! ZSL London Zoo invites visitors to head down to Penguin Beach and watch London's largest colony of Humboldt Penguins dive, swim, frolic and feed. Walk through the African forest and discover our colony of western lowland gorillas or immerse yourself in London's only living rainforest. Visitors can also enjoy their daily animal displays, feeds and talks.


London Zoo,
Regent's Park,

Ticket prices

Price vary wildly -- from £26.50 to £35.50 for adults, along with different rates for children and families.

It's best to visit their website and wade through all the options.

Prices last checked December 2022

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Link to London Zoo's website

Opening Hours

London Zoo is open every day from 10am, with the closing time varying during the year - later in summer and earlier in winter - but typically between 4pm-6pm.

Last admission is one hour before the closing time.

The zoo is closed on Christmas Day.

Opening times last checked December 2022


Guide dogs and other registered Assistance dogs are welcome at the zoo, but call them first if you are planning on visiting with an assistant dog.

Most of the site is accessible, but as an old venue, some areas are not suitable for wheelchairs, mainly the reptile house, there are steep slopes on both sides of the tunnels, and the woodland walk.

They can also provide wheelchairs, if booked in advance.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to walk around London Zoo?

You can easilly fill half a day on a visit, and if you take your time with lunch and some of the displays, it's a decent day out.

Can you take your own food into London Zoo?

You can take your own food into the zoo, for your own consumption - not to feed to the animals -- although there are a number of cafes in the Zoo as well.

Does London Zoo have a polar bear?

Although the zoo has had polar bears in the past, it doesn't have one at the moment.

Are there elephants at London Zoo?

Although the zoo has had elephants in the past, it doesn't have any now.

Do I need to book tickets in advance?

Not essential, but very highly recommended as they limit visitor numbers at times, and the queue can be quite long otherwise. You usually get tickets cheaper online than by turning up.

Can you take dogs into London Zoo?

Assistance dogs are allowed into the zoo, but not family pets.

What's the nearest railway station to London Zoo

The nearest station is Chalk Farm Tube Station which is 0.6 miles away.


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