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London Zoo: Your handy visitors' guide

Attractions in the capital don’t get much better than the ZSL London Zoo, which is why so many families flock to visit the animals every day of the year. If you plan on visiting London, this must be included in your plans. 

The zoo is home to many animals from all over the world, making it the ideal location for children and adults to learn about many unique species. Along with the animals, London Zoo offers food and drink and plenty of opportunities to blow off steam. All that’s left to do is plan your trip, and this is the ultimate guide you need to do that.  

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Getting there 

Located in Camden Town, London Zoo is extremely straightforward to get to. To avoid the traffic on the roads, we recommend boarding one of the many trains to London. Once there, you’ll need to ride a tube to Camden Town, which is the closest station to London Zoo. After you exit the tube, you’ll have a short stroll to get the rest of the way. 

When planning your journey, be sure to bear in mind that the London Zoo's opening times during spring and summer are 10am to 6pm. The earlier you get there, the shorter the queues and the longer you’ll get to see the animals. 

Tickets

Now you know how to get there, it’s time to purchase your tickets for London Zoo. There are several options for this. They include single tickets, flexi tickets and memberships. 
A single ticket means you book a ticket for a specific day. If you’re unsure when you’re visiting, however, flexi tickets mean you can go anytime in the next 12 months. For those who can’t get enough, a ZSL London Zoo membership is for you. This gives you unlimited access for an entire year.  

Ticket prices for London Zoo do get cheaper from time to time, so look out for promo/discount codes and 2 for 1 offers. 

Plan

Transport arranged and tickets purchased – now it’s time to plan your day. There are three one-way routes around the zoo and the one you start with will likely depend on how much time you have:

Pink route – See as much as possible 
Blue route – Shortest route, perfect for people in a rush
Orange route – Begins at the end of the Blue route, so those that have already done it can see more. 

We also recommend deciding what you'll do about food and drink on the day. Exploring a zoo of this size can be very tiring, so you’ll need a lot of energy. There are five food outlets to choose from dotted around the zoo, so pick the one that appeals to you most. 

London Zoo is sure to be a hit with the whole family but if you or your child can’t wait to see the animals then begin to learn about them all on the WWF website in advance. 

 

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