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The UK's best Zoos

21 Sep 2017

The school holidays are but the fun doesn’t have to come to an end just because the kids are back at school.

The weekends are ready and waiting to be enjoyed and the zoo is a great day out for both those with kids and those who are big kids at heart!

Here are some of our favourite zoos in the UK…

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is home to some of the most beautiful animals on the planet. Ranging from Sumatran tigers and Asian elephants to North African cheetahs and even pythons, these are just some of the just some of the animals that you can see.

You also have the opportunity to soak in some South East Asian culture by visiting the different islands within the zoo. With habitats like Bali, Panay, Papua, Sumatra, Sumba and Sulawesi, you’ll see a bit of everything. You’ll be an Indiana Jones in the making — be prepared to cross a suspension bridge and take the boat trip across the lazy river!
Adult prices are £28.00 per person or £24.00 for a child, although booking online in advance can save you some cash. 

Stagecoach offers the X8 bus, a fast link between Liverpool and Chester taking just over an hour. The bus runs every thirty minutes from Monday to Saturday and every hour on a Sunday.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is the perfect place for those wanting to take a spontaneous trip to Scotland with the family. The zoo has a wide variety of animals such as chimpanzees, koalas and zebras. Most famously, Edinburgh Zoo is home to the UK’s only giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang.

The pandas are very popular with visitors, so if you want to see them you must get a ticket for a time slot These spaces are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Edinburgh Zoo is also known for its Penguin Parades — the perfect way to round-off a trip to the zoo. 

There are three different eating spots in Edinburgh Zoo including the Jungle Food Court, Grasslands Restaurant and the Penguin Café which all have something different to offer. Whether you and your little monkeys want pizza, paninis or picnic food, there’s something for everyone.

Adult prices will set you back £16.77 and a child ticket comes to £12.68. Concessions are priced at £14.50. When you book your visit online, you will save up to 14% automatically and group tickets are available.

London Zoo

London Zoo has many different areas for you to explore. From the Gorilla Kingdom to the Land of the Lions, it’s the perfect family break and a great chance see all of the different animals in their habitats.

When it’s time for a break, head to one of London Zoo’s three restaurants. From sandwiches at The Terrace Restaurant to picnic food at The Animal Adventure Café or The Aquarium Kiosk, the zoo caters for the hungriest of visitors!

The current adult ticket costs £24.30 online and £29.75 on the gate. A child ticket will cost £18.00 online and £22.00 on the gate. They do offer family group prices but these are only available online.

Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land offers a bit of everything. From their zoo to their theme park and even a holiday resort, you can really make the most of your time in North Yorkshire. Expect to see hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses and African lions, as well as many more as you make your way around the zoo section of the park. When you’re done, why not hop on some of rollercoasters like the Mumbo Jumbo , one of the world’s steepest rollercoaster.

There are fifteen different restaurants where you can grab something to eat – they’re dotted around the theme park so you’ll never be too far from something nice to eat! There are also picnic benches for those who bring their own food on their trip.

The general admission fee to get into the park is £32.00 although if you are travelling in a group of four, you can purchase the family ticket for £104.00.


These zoos would make the perfect day out for all the family, so start planning your next wild adventure today!

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