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London Zoo – tickets, prices, discounts, hours, best time to visit

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London Zoo was set up in 1828 for wildlife studies and opened to the public in 1847, making it the world’s oldest scientific zoo.

Since the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) manages the London Zoo, locals also refer to it as ZSL London Zoo.

This wildlife attraction is home to over 20,000 animals from around the world, representing more than 750 species of animals.

ZSL London Zoo attracts more than 1.1 million tourists every year.

In addition to its animal exhibits, the zoo offers a variety of educational and conservation programs, as well as daily talks and feeding demonstrations.

Visitors can also participate in various activities, such as the Treetop Adventure, the Animal Adventure Playground, and the Land of the Lions exhibit.

London Zoo can get quite busy, especially during peak tourist seasons. Visitors can save time and money by booking tickets online in advance.

In this article, we share everything you need to know before purchasing your ZSL London Zoo tickets.


Hours: 10 am to 4 pm (subject to change)

Last Entry: one hour before closing

Time needed: 3 to 4 hours

Best time to visit: 10 am

Ticket cost: From £27


The ZSL London Zoo is at the northern edge of Regent’s Park, on the boundary line between the City of Westminster and the borough of Camden. Get Directions

What to expect at London Zoo

Visitors to London Zoo can expect to see animals like lions, tigers, gorillas, penguins, and reptiles.

The zoo is divided into themed zones featuring different animals and habitats.

You can expect to explore areas such as “Into Africa,” “Rainforest Life,” “Land of the Lions,” and “Gorilla Kingdom.” Each zone has interactive exhibits and activities to enhance your experience.

There are three ways to experience the premier wildlife attraction of London. 

The zoo has a variety of children’s activities and play areas, such as the Animal Adventure Playground and the Treetop Adventure. These areas provide a fun and educational experience for kids.

Exhibits at London Zoo

  • Land of the Lions
  • Tiger Territory
  • Into Africa
  • Bird Safari
  • Fruit Bat Forest
  • Butterfly Paradise
  • Reptile House
  • Blackburn Pavilion
  • The Gorilla Kingdom
  • Rainforest of Life 
  • Meet the Monkeys
  • Penguin Beach
  • Tiny Giants
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Gibbons
  • In with the Lemurs
  • Giants of the Galapagos
  • Meerkats and Otters
  • The Farmyard

You can buy only the London Zoo tickets or opt for the combination tickets, which help you score up to a 5% discount. 

Combo ticketsTicket cost
London Zoo + Madame Tussauds£57
London Zoo + Sea Life£49
Transport Museum + London Zoo£48

If you are in London for a longer period or are a big family, check out the London Pass. It helps you save up to 50% on ticket costs. 

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Where to buy London Zoo tickets

You can get your London Zoo entry tickets at the venue or buy them online, much in advance.

If you plan to get them at the attraction, you must get in the ticketing window queue. 

Depending on the time of the day (and month), you may have to wait in the ticket counter line for 10 to 30 minutes to buy your ticket.

The second and better option is to book tickets to London Zoo online.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper because of the exciting discounts.

Booking early also helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How online tickets work

Go to the ZSL London Zoo ticket booking page.

Select the preferred date, number of tickets and buy the tickets.

Immediately after purchase, your tickets get emailed to you. 

You don’t need to take any printouts. 

Now all you must do is, reach the wildlife attraction 10 minutes before the time mentioned on your ticket.

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone and walk into the Zoological Park right away.

London Zoo ticket prices

The cost of London Zoo tickets depends on the day of your visit and the guest’s age.

Depending on the crowd expected, days are labeled as Peak days and Off-Peak days.

On peak days, the tickets for adults between 16 and 64 years cost £31. Children between three and 15 years old get a discount of £12 and pay only £19.

Students (with a valid ID), senior citizens above 65 years, and disabled visitors get a concession ticket at a discount of £3 and pay only £28.

On off-peak days, the tickets for adults between 16 and 64 years cost £27, and children between three and 15 years get a discount of £5 and pay only £22.

Students (with a valid ID), senior citizens above 65 years, and disabled visitors get a concession ticket at a discount of £3 and pay only £24.

kids up to two years and one essential carer per paying disabled visitor can go for free any day.

London Zoo tickets for family
The wildlife attraction DOES NOT offer a separate London Zoo family ticket for visitors. However, when you book the regular tickets, kids under 15 years get 35% off on standard adult prices, and kids under three enter for free.

London Zoo tickets

Penguins at London Zoo
Image: Zsl.org

This ticket gives you access to the ‘Daily Talks’ and ‘Play Area’ in the zoo.

Tickets to the London Zoo are most popular and the attraction is best suited for families with little kids.

Same-day tickets cost higher than if you book your tickets much in advance.

In fact, you will pay £4 more per person when you book London Zoo tickets within 48 hours of your visit.

You can cancel these tickets with a full refund, up to 24 hours before your date of visit.

Ticket Prices

Off-peak Tickets

Adult Ticket (16 to 64 years): £27
Child Ticket (3 to 15 years): £22
Student Ticket (with valid ID): £24
Senior Ticket (65+ years): £24
Disabled Ticket: £24
Infant Ticket: Free

Peak Tickets

Adult Ticket (16 to 64 years): £31
Child Ticket (3 to 15 years): £19
Student Ticket (with valid ID): £28
Senior Ticket (65+ years): £28
Disabled Ticket: £28
Infant Ticket: Free

London Zoo discount

Irrespective of the day of your visit, London Zoo offers a 35% discount for all kids aged 3 to 15 years and a 10% discount for seniors aged 65 years and above and students with a valid ID card.

An essential carer for disabled visitors gets free entry.

If you don’t get the tickets for your preferred date, buy The London Pass and get a backdoor entry to the zoo. Or you can visit Sea Life London, yet another wildlife attraction.

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London Zoo’s discount code

Some websites offer discount codes for London Zoo entry, but we don’t think they are worth their value. 

These discount codes are offered in many forms, which you will gain anyway if you book your tickets in advance and online. 

Here are some of the kinds of discount code deals sites offer – 

Massive discounts for students (London Zoo already provides a 35% discount for all kids up to 15 years and a 10% discount for students with IDs)

Up to 50% off at the shop at London Zoo (This only matters if you plan to spend a lot of time and money at the souvenir shop)

35% off for child tickets (if you purchase the London Zoo tickets online, you get the same discounts!)

Most of these offers are smartly worded marketing gimmicks. 

Recommended Reading: London Zoo Lodges

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London Zoo with London Pass

Lion at London Zoo
Image: Zsl.org

The London Pass is a sightseeing pass for tourists that provides free entry to over 80+ top attractions of London.

The pass lets you explore significant locations like the St. Paul Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Royal Observatory, Thames River Cruise, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, etc.

This exhaustive list includes ZSL London Zoo as well.

London Pass is an excellent way to visit the zoo at a discount. 

You can buy London Pass for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 10 days. Prices change accordingly.

You can show the London Pass at the entrance or the ticket office of any attraction included in the list to activate it.

Cost of London Pass

Duration of PassAdult PassChild Pass*

*Adult Pass is applicable for guests who are 16+ years while the Child Pass is applicable for kids aged 5 to 15 years.

London Pass is an excellent way to visit the Zoo at a discount. 

You can show the London Pass at the ticket booth of any attraction included in the list to activate it.

The London Explorer Pass is much cheaper but doesn’t include a visit to the London Zoo.

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London Zoo opening hours

The London Zoo opens at 10 am every day. 

During the peak season of March to August, London Zoo closes at 6 pm, from September to October, it closes at 5 pm, and from November to February, the wildlife attraction closes at 4 pm. 

SeasonOpening timeClosing time
Mar to Aug10 am6 pm
Sep to Oct10 am5.30 pm
Nov to Feb10 am4 pm

It remains closed on Christmas. 

The last admission is one hour before the closing time.

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Best time to visit London Zoo

Mother and child in London Zoo
Image: Przemyslawiciak

The best time to visit London Zoo is as soon as they open at 10 am.

There are four advantages of starting early – the Zoo’s animals are most active early in the morning, the temperatures are still moderate, the crowd is yet to get in, and you have the whole day to spend at the attraction.

As the day gets hotter, animals prefer staying inside their shelters. As a result, you may get disappointed when you don’t see them in the exhibit. 

Weekdays are better for a peaceful visit because London Zoo gets crowded on weekends and school holidays.

The zoo is most crowded on weekends between 10 am and 2 pm.

If you are on a short holiday in London, starting early also allows you to add another attraction to the day’s itinerary.

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How long does London Zoo take

If you visit London Zoo with children, you will need at least three to four hours to cover most animal exhibits spread over the 14-hectares (35 acres) London Zoo.

Children tend to linger longer around their favorite animal enclosures, attend feeding sessions, keeper talks and try out numerous experiences.

If you stop at The Terrace Kitchen or one of the other London Zoo restaurants, you will need an hour more.

If you are a bunch of adults, you can rush through the London Zoo in 90 minutes.

The London Pass helps you enter more than 60 tourist attractions, including the London Zoo, for free. Save time and money. Buy The London Pass

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London Zoo’s location

The ZSL London Zoo is located at the Northern end of Regent’s Park, on the boundary line between the City of Westminster and the borough of Camden. Get Directions.

London Zoo Address

ZSL London Zoo,
Regent’s Park,
United Kingdom

Contact Number: 020 7722 3333

London Zoo Location Map

London Zoo Map
Image: Zsl.org

Find out how to reach the London Zoo

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Map of London Zoo

Spread across merely 15 hectares of land, London Zoo is quite big to explore. 

Since there are so many exhibits and attractions in the Zoo, it is always better to have a map in hand or on a mobile phone, to make the exploration easy.

Map of London Zoo
Image: Zsl.org

Download London Zoo Map (1.3 Mb, PDF)

When you are aware of the layout of the London Zoo, you can save time and energy.

The map helps locate facilities such as restrooms, parking, restaurant, first aid center and navigate the various animal exhibits, enclosures, and activities efficiently.

You can create an itinerary prioritizing your favorite animal enclosures, encounters, attractions, and experiences with access to the zoo map.

FAQs about the London Zoo

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about the London Zoo.

Is admission to London Zoo included with the London Pass/Go City Explorer Pass?

Yes, London Pass/Go City Explorer Pass holders can enjoy complimentary admission to the London Zoo. To gain entry, present your pass to the ZSL Admissions staff upon arrival at the zoo.

Does the London Zoo sell a family ticket?

Zoo does not offer a family ticket as part of our standard ticketing.

Is ZSL London Zoo part of Merlin Pass?

No, ZSL is not affiliated with the Merlin Group. They do not accept Merlin passes now.

Can I buy tickets to the London Zoo when I arrive in person?

Although you can purchase tickets at the gate, prices are higher for on-the-day purchases. We recommend to book your tickets in advance for cheaper costs and avoid disappointment.

Where can I park my car at the London Zoo?

Parking is provided at the Zoo’s Gloucester Slips car park, with fees of £16 during term time and £17.50 on weekends, bank holidays, or school holidays, payable on the day. Additionally, parking options are available on Outer Circle near the zoo and in local area car parks.


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