London Zoo and Aquarium

Enjoy a visit to the world class London Zoo and Aquarium in beautiful Regent's Park

Asian Lion Relaxing in the Sunshine at the London Zoo
Asian Lion Relaxing in the Sunshine at the London Zoo cc licensed photo by pelican

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./p>

For more information about the London Zoo as well opening times and admission charges visit their official website.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes.

London Zoo and Aquarium Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 6:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY, UK

Phone: 0344 225 1826

Official Website: London Zoo and Aquarium

London Zoo and Aquarium Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Love this zoo! Always have a lovely time visiting and I really admire their conservation efforts. Saw the baby looks recently which was super cute! Also check out the Zoo Nights if you can! They are so much fun.
Sara L - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Lovely zoo for people of all ages to enjoy. Friendly staff and the animals are well looked after. Spider room super scary and couldn't really see any of the nocturnal animals as it was too dark. Highly recommend tho, if you're in London, it's worth a visit.
Jessica Price - a week ago

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4 Star Rating A beautiful zoo doing absolute wonders for animals. The animals are so well cared for and the staff IS so attentive and loving. One of my favourites had to be the lemurs, it was Amazing to see animals behaving in such a social manner. The talks given by experts are incredible and very informative. I have a couple largely insignifiant complaints. Firstly the Park is lacking in water points for people to refill bottles. Given the large amounts of hot enclosures there really should be more access to free water. The phone chargers are dispensed by a machine and it appears to be some form of contracter operating a vending machine on behalf of the zoo. I feel it would be less of an inconvenience to have to zoo dispense the chargers themselves at the entrance using humans rather than a vending machine. This would allow people to get cash deposit returns rather than card which take significantly longer. The layout is slightly confusing at times and i feel paths could be better represented on maps and that signs in the Park could give estimated walking Times to key attractions.
jezzaftw - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating The zoo is home to over 650 species and offers unique exhibits like Gorilla Kingdom, Penguin Beach, and Tiger Territory.Variety of animals and the educational opportunities the zoo provides. For those looking to visit, tickets start at around £27, and it's recommended to plan for a visit of more than three hours to fully enjoy the zoo's offerings
Yordanka Vasileva - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating We had a wonderful time here with our family. There's an abundance of things to experience. I strongly recommend this place for people of all ages. I wish I had taken more pictures! It's quite pricey, but the trip is worth it, supporting fantastic charities that protect wildlife species in the UK.
Tamires Moodie - a month ago

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Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Northern LineCamden Town13 Minutes
Bakerloo LineRegents Park20 Minutes
Circle, Bakerloo, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Harmmersmith & City LinesBaker Street30 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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