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.
London Zoo 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)
ZSL London Zoo is in the center of three underground stations – Camden Town station, Regent’s Park station, and the Baker Street station.
Camden Town is the nearest tube station to ZSL London Zoo with its Northern Line connection. Once you get down at the station follow this route on Google Map to reach the Zoo.
The walking time from Camden Station to the London Zoo is just 15 minutes.
Once you get down at the Regent’s Park station, turn right and open this location on Google Map. Keep walking along the route suggested by the map and in 20 minutes you will reach the London Zoo.
From the Baker Street station, it is best to catch the 274 bus to Ormonde Terrace.
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.
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 opening hours
The London Zoo is open from 10 am on all days of the year except Christmas Day.
The London Zoo closing times keep changing according to the season.
From 3rd September to 19th October, the closing time is 5.30 pm. From 20th October to 27th October, it is 5 pm.
Because of winter, from 28th October to 15th February, the closing time of London Zoo gets cut down even further – to 4 pm. For a more detailed schedule, click here.
The last admission is one hour before the closing time.
Note: Some animal exhibits may be closed half an hour before the advertised closing time.
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.
Download London Zoo Map (PDF, 5.3Mb)
How long does the London Zoo take?
The London Zoo is an all-day attraction as there are many exhibits to explore.
Reviews on Tripadvisor suggest that you will require approximately 4 to 5 hours for a good, satisfactory visit.
Therefore, we highly recommend that you start exploring the Zoo as early as possible.
London Zoo ticket prices
Tickets to the London Zoo can be purchased both online as well as at the 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.
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 be booked online only. It must be noted that Fast Track entrance to the zoo is available only on Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am and 2 pm.
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. If you buy them online, you get discounts anywhere from 10% to 18% depending on the London Zoo ticket you are buying.
London Zoo tickets
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.
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 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.
1. 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
Price of 5-day London Pass
Adult Pass: £135
Child Pass: £105
Price of 10-day London Pass
Adult Pass: £179
Child Pass: £134
*Adult Pass is applicable for 16+ years. Child Pass for 1-15 years.
2. 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 of 3-ticket Flexi Pass
Adult Pass: £69
Child Pass: £59
Price of 5-ticket Flexi Pass
Adult Pass: £99
Child Pass: £89
Price of 10-ticket Flexi Pass
Adult Pass: £169
Child Pass: £149
*Adult Pass is applicable for 16+ years. Child Pass for 4-15 years.
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.
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