The ZSL London Zoo is a place of many firsts. Opening in 1828, it is the oldest scientific zoo in the world. It started the world's first Reptile house in 1849. In 1853 it opened the first public Aquarium (the term aquarium originated from here) and in 1881, the first insect house. It also opened the first children's zoo in 1938.
The zoo is located at the northern end of Regent's Park. After struggling for financial support in the 1980s it was announced that the zoo would permanently close in 1991. This created a groundswell of public support and contributions, allowing the zoo to undergo major renovations and replace cages with enclosures that better represent the natural environments of the animals.
Today the London Zoo has a collection of nearly 750 different species of animal. These are exhibited in numerous different exhibit areas. These include the Animal Adventure, Asian Big Cats, the Aquarium, Blackburn (Bird) Pavilion, B.U.G.S, Butterfly Paradise, Rainforest Life, Giants of the Galapagos, Gorilla Kingdom, Komodo Dragons and, opening in the Spring of 2011, Penguin Beach
The London Zoo is involved in breeding programs for about 130 different species. It relies entirely on entrance fees, donations, memberships and sponsorships for all of its support. You can enjoy free admission to the London Zoo if you have the London Pass.
For more information about the London Zoo as well opening times and admission charges visit their official website.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: London Zoo and Aquarium
Get free entry with a London Pass
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
London NW1 4RY
Phone: +44 344 225 1826
Kevin B. Aug-05-2021
ZSL is a fun and very interactive city zoo at the north end of Regent's Park. Like most inner-city zoos, it's not especially large, and the ticket prices... Read More
Melissa I. Nov-29-2019
This place was great. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go but I bought tickets ahead of time and was so glad I went. FYI: It's also cheaper buying tickets ahead... Read More
Jennifer D. Aug-29-2018
Nice, older zoo located very close to central London. Most zoos and aquariums are pretty pricey (their operating costs must be astronomical) and this one... Read More
Accommodations near London Zoo and Aquarium:
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Northern Line||Camden Town||13 Minutes|
|Bakerloo Line||Regents Park||20 Minutes|
|Circle, Bakerloo, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Harmmersmith & City Lines||Baker Street||30 Minutes|
How to get to London Zoo and Aquarium by Tube
From Camden Town Station exit to your right and at the next crossroad bear left onto Parkway, follow it all the way to Prince Albert Road, go right and then left through the first gate just past the parking lot. Follow the pathway to the Outer Circle and go right following it west to the Zoo Entrance.
From Regent's Park Station simply follow the Outer Circle north along the east and then north edge of the park until you arrive at the Zoo entrance
From Baker Street Station take the #274 bus to Ormonde Terrace or, if you don't mind a 30 minute walk mostly through Regent's Park, exit the station, go right, walk to the end of Baker Street, cross Park Road, go left onto the outer circle path and follow it to the Zoo's entrance which will be on your right.
Note:You can also access the Zoo via Regent' Canal which passes through it via The London Waterbus.
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