London Zoo

With over 750 incredible species, exciting and innovative exhibits, ZSL London Zoo is a great day out in the capital for all ages.

The London Pass London Pass Benefits: Skip the ticket line Access to ZSL London Zoo Normally £22.90 - Included with London Pass

Set in leafy Regent’s Park amid heritage-listed buildings and beautiful gardens, ZSL London Zoo is an oasis in the heart of the capital. Homing over 750 species, plus hosting an array of seasonal live shows and fantastic, immersive exhibits, this is an unmissable attraction right in the heart of London.

Restricted opening hours, please see the attractions web page for the most up-to-date information.

Enjoy access to London Zoo with the London Pass®

  • Pay nothing at the gate - simply show your pass.
  • View an extensive collection of over 755 species.
  • Get involved with interactive experiences including Penguin Beach, Land of Lions and Butterfly Paradise.
  • Learn about the science and history of hundreds of species and their habitats. 


Pass Perks

London Pass Holders can enjoy ‘skip the ticket line’ entry to London Zoo, make your way to the main entrance to receive priority entry!  

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- London Zoo history

- London Zoo highlights

- London Zoo facts

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- Know before you go

- Getting in

- Make the most of your London Pass

- How to get there

London Zoo history

Established in 1828 by the Zoological Society of London, London Zoo has become the main point of reference for animal experiences in London. The zoo is the oldest scientific zoo in the world, housing a variety of animals purely for scientific research. As such, it was only accessible to fellows of the Zoological Society of London. Later, in 1847 the museum was opened to the public to help fund the societies research.

Situated on the northern edge Regents Park, the zoo’s 36 acres of land houses over 755 species of animal, making it, the most extensive collection in the UK. From vanished species such as the Quagga and Tasmanian tiger to animals currently on the IUCN Red List, the establishment is well known for its conservation efforts. In 2018, the zoo welcomed a newborn okapi. And ZSL London Zoo was the first in the world to begin breeding the critically endangered Lake Oku clawed frog. These efforts have led to vital insights into the conditions these rare animals need to survive and have fueled their conservations initiatives with essential information.

ZSL London Zoo is also reinventing how visitors interact with their creatures. Venture In with the Spiders at the BUGS exhibit. The walk-through experience is the first of its kind in Europe, allowing you to come face to face with a host of arachnids and invertebrates. Head down to England’s largest penguin pool at Penguin Beach and watch the Humboldt penguins dive, swim, frolic and feed. Step into Africa and observe the elegance and grace of the giraffes from the viewing platform. Travel along lush pathways into the Gorilla Kingdom and view the magnificent family of western lowland gorillas native to the African rainforest.

Younger visitors can explore Animal Adventure, home to meerkats, llamas and aardvarks, in an immersive animal experience designed for children, by children. ZSL London Zoo has been educating and inspiring visitors since opening to the public in 1847, it’s a great family day out right in the centre of Regent’s Park.  

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London Zoo highlights

  • Penguin Beach - Two live daily feeds where visitors can watch the birds diving for their food.
  • Butterfly Paradise - carefully created ‘walk though’ environment, offering visitors the opportunity to view a wide variety of species as they delicately flutter around you.
  • Land of the Lions - embark on an interactive Indian adventure where all cat lovers can get closer than ever before to mighty Asiatic lions.

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London Zoo facts

  • There are several listed buildings in the London Zoo and in the surrounding areas in Regents park - one of the most peculiar is the traditional grade I listed telephone box at Penguin Beach, can you find it?
  • The Casson elephant house’s roof was designed by Sir Hugh Casson. His design portrays a herd of elephants drinking from a watering hole.
  • The much loved Winnie-the-Pooh was inspired by a real-life black bear that lived at London Zoo from 1914 until her death in 1934. She was tame much, loved being handled and was loved by all. You can find a statue of her in the zoo.
  • The giraffe house is a grade II listed building and the oldest in the world. Today it is still used for its initial purpose, housing the zoo’s spectacular giraffe family.
  • In 1949, the zoo was the first to rear a polar bear successfully. They named him Brumas. Brumas’ arrival resulted in attendance sky-rocketing to over 3 million- a figure which is yet to be topped.

Discover more fascinating facts about London Zoo on our London Pass® blog.

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ZSL London Zoo daily activities and exhibits 

All year round the London Zoo provides visitors with an array of events and activities the whole family can enjoy. Including the Tiger Territory, Butterfly Paradise, and Land of the Lions, In with the Spiders, Gorilla Kingdom, In with the Lemurs and Penguin Beach. Each is a fun and interactive way to make the most out of your visit. For an extensive list of exhibits plus more information on times and prices head on over to the London Zoo website.

Experiences at ZSL London Zoo

There are further ZSL London Zoo experiences that make your visit that much more memorable, and are perfect for the whole family. From GIR Lion Lodge Sleepover at the zoo and photography workshops to Junior Zoo Academy, be a Keeper for the Day and Meet the Animals, where you and your little ones can get up close to some of their favourite animals. 

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Know before you go

Please note: Children aged 3-4 will be charged an entrance fee for London Zoo.

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Getting in

Show your London Pass® at the door for entry. 

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Make the most of your London Pass®

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How to get there

- Camden Town - Northern Line
- Regent’s Park - Bakerloo Line
- Great Portland Street - Hammersmith and City Lines

- 274 to stop B & J

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Visiting London Zoo

Visiting London Zoo

  • London Zoo ZSL London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY
  • Closest Underground Station Camden Town
  • Closest Bus Stop Stop B & J; Route 274
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Stops Blue Route Stop 3; Orange Route Stop 5

Opening Times

31 March - 1 September
Monday 10.00 - 18.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 10.00 - 18.00
Friday 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
Last Admission: 17.00

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