The London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo.
It was set up for scientific study in 1828, and in the year 1828, it was opened for public.
The London Zoo is managed by Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and that is why it is often referred to as ZSL London Zoo.
London Zoo is home to 755 species of animals and attracts more than 1.1 million tourists every year.
Table of contents
- London Zoo opening hours
- Best time to visit London Zoo
- How long does London Zoo take
- London Zoo ticket prices
- London Zoo discount
- London Zoo tickets
- London Zoo free with Passes
- London Zoo’s location
- How to reach the London Zoo
- London Zoo map
London Zoo opening hours
The London Zoo is open from 10 am on all days of the year except Christmas.
Its closing times keep changing according to the season – from early September to end of October it closes at 5.30 pm.
Because of winter, from November to mid February, the London Zoo closes at 4 pm. For a more detailed schedule, click here.
The last admission is one hour before the closing time.
Best time to visit London Zoo
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.
If you are on a short holiday in London, starting early also gives you an opportunity to add yet another attraction to the day’s itinerary.
We recommend weekdays for a peaceful visit because London Zoo gets crowded on weekends and school holidays.
How long does London Zoo take
London Zoo is spread over 14-hectares (35 acres) with a wide variety of exhibits, both open air as well as indoors.
If you explore at a brisk pace, you can cover most of the animals and exhibits in three to four hours.
Families who want to explore as much of London Zoo as possible end up spending around 5-6 hours.
That’s because families with kids and elders tend to spend time at the feeding stations, picnic spots, restaurants etc.
Make sure you to have a map of the Zoo to help you move around faster.
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London Zoo ticket prices
Tickets to the London Zoo can be purchased both online as well as at the attraction’s gate.
While buying online tickets, you can book them in advance or buy same-day tickets.
The online advance booking ticket price for adults is £24.30 and for children aged 3 to 15, it is £18.
When you book online in advance, you save 18% of the ticket cost. Yes, the London Zoo ticket is 18% costlier if bought at the Zoo.
Same day ticket prices
And same day online booking price for adults is £27.04 and for children aged 3 to 15, is £20.
This is almost 10% cheaper than reaching the London Zoo, and buying the tickets at the counter.
You can also buy Fast Track tickets to skip the queue.
The online advance booking cost for an adult Fast Track ticket is £29.30 and for a child Fast Track ticket, it is £23. This is a saving of 10%.
The cost for same day online purchase of Fast Track tickets for adults is £32.04 and £25 for children.
Note: Fast Track tickets can only be booked online. It must be noted that Fast Track entrance to the zoo is available only on Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am and 2 pm.
COVID-19 UPDATE: London Zoo is now open for visitors.
As a safety precaution, ticket counters at the venue have been temporarily suspended and tickets can ONLY be bought online.
To ensure social distancing, only a limited number of visitors are allowed per day, and as a result tickets are selling very much in advance.
London Zoo discount
The London Zoo provides all kinds of ticket discounts.
London Zoo offers discounted tickets to seniors who are 60 years and above, students with a valid ID, and visitors with a valid disability.
Detailed discounted ticket rates have been provided further in this article.
An essential carer for the disabled visitor gets a free entry.
Discounts are also offered on tickets purchased online.
When you buy London Zoo tickets online, depending on the ticket purchased you get a 10% to 18% discount.
London Zoo tickets
Because of Social Distancing, these tickets are booked very much in advance. Reserve today!
Some things are better done earlier – and booking London Zoo ticket is one of them.
After all, booking online in advance can help save you 18% of the cost.
This ticket gives you access the 750 species and over 17,000 animals in the world’s oldest scientific zoo.
Since this is a smartphone ticket, it will be emailed to you.
No need to take printouts.
At the Zoo entrance, just show the ticket in your email, on your smartphone and walk in.
Cancellation of the tickets (with full refund) is possible up to 24 hours before your date of visit.
Adult ticket (16-59 years): £ 20.45
Students ticket (with valid ID): £ 18.40
Child ticket (3-15 years): £ 15.95
Seniors ticket (60+ years): £ 18.40
Disabled ticket (with certificate): £ 18.40
*Family ticket: £ 66
*Family ticket is applicable for 2 adults & 2 kids or 1 adult & 3 kids.
London Zoo free with Passes
While holidaying in London, four London Passes help you save money and time.
Despite this one miss, they are still very attractive offerings for tourists on long holidays.
If you are in London for more than three days, we recommend you buy one of these London Passes.
The London Pass
The London Pass provides free entry to over 60 of London’s top attractions including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Thames River Cruise, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre etc.
This exhaustive list includes ZSL London Zoo as well.
A 1-day hop-on-hop-off bus ticket is also included in this London pass.
You can choose to buy London Pass for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 10 days. Prices change accordingly.
Show the London Pass at the entrance or the ticket office of any attraction included in the list to activate it.
Price of 3-day London Pass
Adult Pass: £111
Child Pass: £82
*Adult Pass is applicable for 16+ years. Child Pass for 1-15 years.
London iVenture Card
The London iVenture Card helps you avoid long queues and save money at some of the city’s most popular attractions including the Madame Tussauds London, the Tower of London, London Zoo etc.
It is valid for 28 days from the first day you use it.
It also provides access to many of London’s popular activities, attractions, restaurants, and entertainments for a better experience for the tourist.
Choose from a 3, 5, 7 or 10 attraction pass and save up to 40% at London’s most popular activities.
Price for 3 attractions pass
Adult Pass: £69
Child Pass: £59
*Adult Pass is applicable for 16+ years. Child Pass for 4-15 years.
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.
London Zoo Address
ZSL London Zoo,
Contact Number: 020 7722 3333
Location map of London Zoo
How to reach the London Zoo
The city of London prides itself in its transportation system. True to that, London Zoo can be reached through various modes of transport –
By Tube (Underground)
Camden Town is the nearest tube station to ZSL London Zoo with its Northern Line connection.
The walking time from Camden Station to the London Zoo is just 15 minutes.
From the Regent’s Park station, it is a 20-minute walk to the Zoo.
From the Baker Street station, it is best to catch the 274 bus to Ormonde Terrace.
Once you get down at the bus stop, you must walk .7 kms (half a mile) to reach the London Zoo.
If you prefer to travel to the London Zoo by bus, opt for route numbers 274 and C2.
Bus number 274 runs from Marble Arch and Baker Street to Ormonde Terrace while C2 runs from Victoria station, Oxford Circus or Great Portland Street to Gloucester Gate.
Gloucester Gate is also half a mile from the Zoo, and can be walked easily.
By London Overground
Camden Road station is the London Overground station nearest to the London Zoo.
A 20-minutes’ walk can bring you to the largest collection of wild animals in the whole of UK.
You can also plan to come by car or bike. There is plenty of parking space.
In fact, the London Zoo is outside of the congestion charge zone.
London Zoo parking
Parking is available in London Zoo’s Gloucester Slips Car Park.
Since the Zoo’s main gate is outside the congestion charge zone, only a small payment needs to be made for use of the parking.
London Zoo map
For a hassle-free and better experience at exploring the Zoo, it is best to have a copy of the London Zoo map with yourself.
The various animal exhibits like the Tiger Territory and Butterfly Paradise, the luggage lockers, food centers as well as the reserved smoking areas are clearly mentioned in the map.
It is best to have a printed copy of the map or a have it saved on your phone as a pdf document or a screenshot to help you explore the Zoo better.