Sunday 24 April 2022

Reasons to Plan a Trip to London Zoo

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Did you know that London Zoo is the oldest scientific zoo in the world? This wildlife-filled attraction located in leafy Regent’s Park was opened in 1828 by the Zoological Society of London. But did you know that for two decades, only fellows of the society could access the zoo and they could only be there for scientific study. The public were finally allowed in in 1847 and it has been a popular attraction ever since!


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Today, this historic zoo sees over 1.25 million visitors every year. Are you thinking about being one of these visitors in 2022? Read on to find out why this is a must-visit while you’re in London.  

Affordable attraction, easy access 

When planning a trip to the capital with your family, there tends to be two major considerations: are the attractions the right price for the budget and can we get there easily? The zoo is both affordable and has great transport links. For instance, if you’re visiting London Zoo and have an NHS discount card, you can enjoy this attraction at a great price. It also has something for all ages so its a great choice for adults, children and mixed age groups and families too.  

In terms of access, for travellers on the Underground, both Camden Town and Regent’s Park stations are a short walk away and there are bus routes around the park. As well as accessible travel, considerations have been made for wheelchair users and those with prams. There’s a detailed guide that can be checked before you set off, so that you’re aware of the areas that might be trickier to navigate.  


So many animals 

With over 700 species and almost 17,000 animals housed here at any one time, London Zoo has plenty of creatures for you to see. In fact, you might need to book a return trip as there are so many new arrivals to see. From huge animals such as tigers, lions, giraffes and gorillas to the smallest of bugs and insects as well as everything in between. Some scary, some cute but one thing is for sure you will definitely leave the your visit with some great experiences of spotting some of your favourite animals and having probably learned a few new facts about them too!

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While there are brand new facilities throughout, there are also buildings that have stood the test of time. The giraffe house, for instance, remains one of the original buildings since its introduction to the site in 1835. While it’s undergone repairs over the years, it is still where the zoo’s giraffes reside 

Be a zookeeper for the day 

Whilst visiting the zoo why not make it a trip to remember and turn it into an experience to treasure forever. There are lots of experiences that can be enjoyed by the whole family, but one that’s just for the kids is the opportunity to be a zookeeper for the day. This gives children the chance to get up close wit the animals and become experts in an afternoon under the watchful eye of the experience zoo keepers themselves. Kids will learn how to care for their favourite animals, get up close and personal with them and learn all about the day to day routine that zoo keepers do to look after the animals.   

Alternatively, you could book in a meet and greet with the meerkats, giraffes, monkeys or penguins. Perfect for animal lovers of any age! 

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Are you planning a visit to London Zoo? What animals will you see first?


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