Whipsnade Zoo Tickets

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Opening hours

Whipsnade Zoo opens every day at 10am. From the 31st of March until the 1st of September it closes at 6pm. From the 2nd of September until the 26th of October it closes at 5pm and from the 27th of October until the 30th of March it closes at 4pm. The last entry is one hour before closing time. The zoo is open every day except on the 25th of December.

How to get there

Bus- the zoo is served by Centrebus route number 40 which operates between the zoo and Dunstable. For information on bus times you can go to [email protected] , there are no buses on a Sunday.

Train- the closest train stations are at Luton or Hemel Hempstead, both are about ten miles from the zoo. From either station it will take about 20 minutes to reach the zoo using a taxi. Taxis are available outside both stations.

Car- Whipsnade Zoo is about 20 minutes from junction 21 of the M25. It is also signposted from junctions 9 and 12 of the M1 as well as several major roads in the area.

FAQ

How much does it cost to visit the zoo?
The current prices are £25.20 for adults when bought online or £28 at the gate. Children’s tickets (3-15) cost £16.38 online and £18.19 at the gate. Children aged younger than 3 have free entry. Concessions tickets are available for those aged 65+, students and anyone with a disability (free entry for essential carers) and cost £22.68 online or £25.20 at the gate. From the 1st of July 2019, prices will vary and the price for your selected date will be shown when you select the ‘buy tickets’ option on the website. https://www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo/visitor-information/entry-costs
It is a large zoo; can I take my car inside the zoo?
Yes, Whipsnade Zoo covers a large area and for an additional cost you can take your car inside the zoo. There is free parking outside the zoo then you can use the free shuttle bus to take you to the next point on your visit, or taking your car inside costs £25 per car (in addition to the entry fee) or £12 from November through to February.
Is the zoo wheelchair accessible?
Yes, most areas of the zoo are easily accessible to wheelchair users. There is ramped access at several points with steps. The free bus is wheelchair accessible and the steam train has space for two wheelchairs at a time. The access to Owl Wood may cause some problems as the surface is covered in bark chippings to keep noise to a minimum.
Can I change the date of the tickets that I have pre-booked?
Tickets that are bought online are non-refundable and not able to be exchanged. Pre-booked tickets are only valid for the date specified on the ticket.
Do you run any offers or special discounts?
There are occasional special offers and ticket promotions available. Check the official website for the latest deals. https://www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo
Can I hire a wheelchair?
Wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served system. You can reserve one ahead of your visit by calling 0344 225 1826. A deposit of £25 is required which is refunded when the wheelchair is returned undamaged.

Must Know

Hiring prams and trikes
Prams and trikes are available on a first come first served basis. Trikes are intended for use for small children aged from 18 months up to 20kg in weight. They cost £5 to hire, with an additional £20 returnable deposit. The use of a helmet is recommended but not essential.
Student Discounts
If you are a student from the UK or an international student you are entitled to a ticket at the concession rate. To qualify you should bring a valid ID that proves you are a student on the day the visit.
Arrival time on ticket
All tickets bought online have an arrival time of 10am (the time when the zoo opens). Your ticket is valid for entry at any time during the day on the date stated on your ticket until an hour before the scheduled closing time.
Names on tickets
The name appearing on the ticket is that of the person buying the ticket and not the individual ticket holder. This will not affect your entry.
Printing tickets in advance of your visit
If you bought your tickets directly from the official website of ZSL you do not need to print your tickets as long as you have the barcode available on your smartphone or similar device. If you purchased your tickets through a third-party then you must have your printed tickets with you when you arrive.
Eating picnics at the zoo
During your visit to the zoo you are welcome to enjoy a picnic and tables are set up at various points around the zoo for this purpose. There is also a limited amount of covered space available should your visit coincide with some inclement weather.
Car park, opening and closing
The car park at Whipsnade Zoo opens at 8am every morning and closes about an hour after the scheduled closing time.
Feeding the animals
The welfare of the animals is of paramount importance in ensuring all visitors have an enjoyable day while visiting the zoo. The animals all have a strictly controlled diet that is specific to their needs. It is for this reason that visitors to the zoo are strongly requested not to feed the animals. There are however, special experiences available when you can together with a zookeeper take part in meeting and feeding some of the animals.

Places Nearby

John Bunyan Meeting House and Museum
This small museum is located on Mill Street in Bedford and is dedicated to a man whose inspiration changed the thoughts of a nation. A visit here takes about one hour and tells the story of John Bunyan, the author of ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ one of the world’s most widely read books. The book tells us of the personal trials of the man and his Christian principals, the principals that led to his being imprisoned for 12 years. On view in the museum is some of Bunyan’s original paperwork and in the meeting house located next door there is a beautiful collection of stained glass windows. Both attractions are worth the time to visit.
Dunstable Priory
This Augustinian priory was established in 1131 by Henry I. It was here that the marriage of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon was annulled in 1533. The Augustinian monks were evicted from the priory during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and parts of the original priory survive today as the Church of St. Peter, the local parish church.
Woburn Abbey
Woburn Abbey began in the mid 12th century as a Cistercian monastery and continued for four centuries until it was disbanded in 1543 by Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries. During the altercations to evict the monks the abbot of Woburn was hanged from the oak tree that stands today at the gate to the abbey. In 1547, Henry VIII’s son Edward VI gave Woburn to the family of Sir John Russell. The building has remained a possession of that family until the present day.