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 755 species of animals and attracts more than 1.1 million tourists every year.

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

What to expect at 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 5.30 pm, and from November to February, the wildlife attraction closes at 4 pm. 

It remains closed on Christmas. 

The last admission is one hour before the closing time.

For a more detailed schedule, click here.


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Best time to visit London Zoo

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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 allows you to add another attraction to the day’s itinerary.

We recommend weekdays for a peaceful visit because London Zoo gets crowded on weekends and school holidays.


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How long does London Zoo take

If you visit 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 for lunch at one of the 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 tickets

Entry to London Zoo required a ticket, and we suggest you plan and book them early.

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

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Where to buy 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.

When you buy them in advance, you save yourself a lot of waiting time by skipping the ticket counter queue. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: As a safety precaution, ticket counters at London Zoo are temporarily suspended, and visitors can only purchase the tickets online. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed per day (social distancing), and as a result, tickets are selling very much in advance.

How online tickets work

When you buy ZSL London Zoo tickets, you select your preferred time of visit.

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.

Since you have a ticket and are on time, you can show it on your smartphone and walk into the Zoological Park right away.

London Zoo ticket prices

When you book them in advance, London Zoo’s tickets cost £24.30 for visitors 16 years and above and £18 for kids between three to 15 years.

When you book your tickets online in advance, you save 18% of the ticket cost. London Zoo ticket is 18% costlier if bought at the gates.

If you buy online tickets on the day of your visit, you pay more. 

Same day ticket prices

London Zoo’s same-day tickets for adults are priced at £27.04 and for children aged 3 to 15, at £20.

These prices are almost 10% cheaper than what you will pay at the London Zoo’s ticket counters.

Fast Track tickets

If you plan to visit the London Zoo on weekends between 10 am and 2 pm – the most crowded time – you can book London Zoo’s Fast Track ticket. 

These tickets help you skip all the lines, and you can only book them online. 

When booked early, the adult Fast Track ticket costs £29.30 for all visitors 16 years and above, and kids 3 to 15 years pay £23 for entry. 

London Zoo’s same-day Fast Track tickets are priced at £32.04 for adults and £25 for children.

London Zoo discount

When you buy London Zoo admission online and much in advance, you get an 18% discount on the ticket, and when you purchase them on the same day, you get a 10% reduction.

Seniors 60 years and above, students with an educational ID, and visitors with a valid disability pay the discounted ticket price of £ 18.40. 

An essential carer for disabled visitors gets free entry.

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 two adults & two kids or one adult & three kids.

Chances are, you may not get London Zoo tickets. In which case, you can buy The London Pass and get a backdoor entry to the zoo.

Or you can visit Sea Life London, yet another wildlife attraction.

Or check out the other London attractions that are welcoming visitors.

London attractions that are open

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View from The ShardLondon Eye
Madame TussaudsCutty Sark
Tower of LondonSt Paul’s Cathedral
The Queen’s GalleryKensington Palace
Windsor CastleOld Royal Naval College
ArcelorMittal OrbitStamford Bridge

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London Zoo free with Passes

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While holidaying in London, four London Passes help you save money and time.

Two of these London Passes – the London Pass and the London iVenture Card provide free access to the London Zoo.

While the other two – London City Pass and London Multi-tour Pass – don’t have ZSL London Zoo on their list.

Despite this one miss, they are still lovely offerings for tourists on long holidays.

If you are in London for more than three days, we recommend buying one of these London Passes.

The London Pass

The London Pass provides free entry to over 60 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.

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, 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 entertainment for a better tourist experience.

Choose from a 3, 5, 7, or 10 days pass and save up to 40% on 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.

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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.

London Zoo Address

ZSL London Zoo,
Regent’s Park,
London,
NW1 4RY
United Kingdom

Contact Number: 020 7722 3333

Location map of London Zoo

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How to reach the London Zoo

The city of London prides itself on its transportation system. 

True to that, you can reach the London Zoo through various modes of transport.

By Tube (Underground)

ZSL London Zoo is in the center of three underground stations – Camden Town stationRegent’s Park station, and Baker Street station.

Camden Town is the nearest tube station to ZSL London Zoo with its Northern Line connection, and you can walk to the attraction in 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 700 meters (half a mile) to reach the London Zoo.

By Bus

If you prefer to travel to the London Zoo by bus, opt for bus 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 you can walk the distance quickly.

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 most extensive collection of wild animals in the whole of the 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

London Zoo’s car park is on the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park at postcode NW1 4SX.

The Zoo’s main gate is outside the Congestion Charge Zone, and visitors must pay £14.50 to park their cars or bikes.

The disabled parking bay is in front of the zoo entrance. Disabled visitors can also park on the main road for up to four hours.


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London Zoo map

There is a lot to see and do at the zoo, which is why it makes sense to have the map of the London Zoo handy at the time of your visit. 

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.

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Anshu Pandey: She loves to explore different exotic places. She yearns to discover and be surprised by the magnificent historical buildings, delicious food, splendid cultures, and beautiful people from all around the world. She prefers destinations that don't blow a hole in one's pocket, and yet the fun is unlimited. Favorite Cities: Marrakech, Cairo, Rome, Fez

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