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London Zoo opening hours

What are the ZSL London Zoo Opening Hours?

The ZSL London Zoo opens at 10:00 AM everyday

The closing hours are as follows:

  • 31st October to 10th February - 4:00 PM
  • 11th February to 25th March - 5:00 PM
  • 26th March to 3rd September - 6:00 PM
  • 4th September to 29th October - 5:00 PM 

    Last Admission:  1 hour before closing.

What's The Best Time to Visit ZSL London Zoo?

  • Weekdays: Choose weekdays and avoid weekend crowds.
  • Off-Peak Seasons: Visit outside peak tourist seasons for a quieter experience.
  • Early Mornings: Arrive when the zoo opens for a less crowded start.
  • Afternoon: Visiting slightly later in the afternoon can also be a good option.
  • Avoid Public Holidays: Public holidays might attract more visitors, leading to larger crowds.
  • Spring and Fall: Aim for the transitional seasons of spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) for pleasant weather and fewer tourists.
  • Weekdays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays: These days often have lower attendance compared to weekends and Mondays.

Where is ZSL London Zoo Located?

Getting to ZSL London Zoo in London

Going by bus to ZSL London Zoo

By Public Transportation

By Tube: Take the Northern Line from Trafalgar Square and get off at Camden Town station.

Camden Town station is the nearest Underground station to the Zoo.

It is then a 15-16 minute walk to ZSL London Zoo.

By Bus: You can take Bus Route 88: Northbound, towards Kentish Town or Southbound, towards Great Portland Street. For both these buses you will need to alight at Albany Street, a short walk from the zoo.

Going by car to ZSL London Zoo

By Car

The car journey takes approximately 20 minutes from Trafalgar Square to ZSL London Zoo. 

It is approximately 3 miles away and is a convenient option as there is parking available at London Zoo and nearby car parks for a fee. 

London Zoo offers a car park on the Outer Circle of Regent's Park (NW1 4SX), exempt from the congestion charge. The car park operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Disabled parking is available at the entrance and on the main road, while Blue Badge holders have access to free parking in dedicated spaces.

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Facilities at ZSL London Zoo
  • Restaurants and Cafes: Enjoy dining options offering a variety of refreshments and meals.
  • Gift Shops: Explore souvenir shops for unique items related to animals and the zoo.
  • Pushchair Rentals: Pushchair rentals are available at London Zoo, allowing families to explore the attractions comfortably with young children.
  • Picnic Spots: Designated areas for picnicking amidst the zoo's scenic surroundings.
  • Locker Rentals: Locker facilities for securing belongings while you explore.
Accessibility at ZSL London Zoo
  • Wheelchair Rentals: London Zoo offers wheelchair rentals.
  • Accessible Paths: The zoo features accessible pathways.
  • Disabled Toilets: Accessible restroom facilities cater to the needs of all visitors.
  • Blue Badge Parking: Designated parking spaces are available for Blue Badge holders close to the entrance.
  • Assistance Dogs: Registered assistance dogs are permitted to accompany visitors throughout the zoo.
Tips for ZSL London Zoo
  • Respect Animals: Observe animals from a respectful distance and follow any guidelines to ensure their well-being.
  • Children's Safety: Keep an eye on children, especially near animal enclosures.
  • Dispose of Trash: Use designated trash bins to help maintain the cleanliness of the zoo.
  • Engage with Staff: Interact with zookeepers and staff to learn more about the animals.
  • Photography: Capture memories but also take time to enjoy the exhibits. Please respect the animals well-being and follow photography guidelines and restrictions given by the staff.
Dine at ZSL London Zoo
  • The Terrace Restaurant: An indoor restaurant with sit-down or takeaway options with hot drinks, and hot food served between 11.30am-2.30pm. It opens at 10am for drinks and snacks.
  • Zoo Treats: The Ideal spot for cakes, coffees, and sandwiches to-go, open 10am-2.30pm.
  • Peckish Parrot Café: Includes outdoor picnic benches, snacks and kid friendly menus.
  • ​Woodland kiosk: It is open from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM on weekends only for drinks and snacks. 
  • Beach Hut: Located next to the Penguin enclosure, this is the perfect place for a hot drink.
Stay at ZSL London Zoo
  • The Landmark London: A luxurious hotel with a grand atmosphere, located near Regent's Park.
  • Holmes Hotel London: A stylish and modern hotel offering a comfortable stay near the zoo.
  • The Wesley Euston: An eco-friendly hotel offering a unique experience, conveniently located.
  • Regency Hotel Parkside: A cozy hotel providing easy access to both the park and the zoo.
Nearby Attractions at ZSL London Zoo
  • Madame Tussauds London: Explore the famous wax museum with lifelike celebrity figures and interactive exhibits.
  • Kew Gardens: Explore the stunning botanical gardens and glasshouses a short distance away.
  • London Transport Museum: Learn about the evolution of transportation in London through interactive exhibits.
  • Royal Observatory Greenwich: Visit this historic site to learn about astronomy, timekeeping, and stand on the Prime Meridian line.
  • Westminster Abbey: Marvel at the stunning architecture and rich history of this iconic Gothic church.

Frequently Asked Questions: Visiting ZSL London Zoo in London

What are the ZSL London Zoo opening hours?

ZSL London Zoo's opening hours generally vary, with approximately 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM during summer (March to October) and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM during winter (November to February)

What is the best time to visit ZSL London Zoo?

The best time to visit ZSL London Zoo is on weekdays, early mornings, or slightly later in the afternoon to avoid crowds and enjoy a more relaxed experience.

How much time does it take to visit ZSL London Zoo?

On average, visitors spend about 3 to 4 hours at ZSL London Zoo to fully explore the exhibits and attractions.

Where is ZSL London Zoo located?

ZSL London Zoo is located within Regent's Park in the northern part of central London, at Outer Circle, London NW1 4RY, United Kingdom.

What is the best way to get to ZSL London Zoo?

The best way to get to ZSL London Zoo is by taking the London Underground's Northern Line to Camden Town station and following signs to the zoo.

Is ZSL London Zoo wheelchair accessible?

Yes, ZSL London Zoo is wheelchair accessible, providing various facilities to ensure a comfortable experience for all visitors.

What are some of the accessibility features in place at ZSL London Zoo?

ZSL London Zoo offers accessibility features including wheelchair rentals, accessible paths, disabled toilets, designated parking for Blue Badge holders, assistance for registered assistance dogs, and quiet areas.

Is there a dress code to be followed at ZSL London Zoo?

While there isn't a strict dress code at ZSL London Zoo, it's recommended to wear comfortable attire and appropriate footwear for walking

Are prams allowed in ZSL London Zoo?

Yes, prams (strollers) are allowed at ZSL London Zoo. The zoo's pathways are designed to be stroller-friendly, allowing families with young children to comfortably navigate the exhibits.

Is photography permitted inside ZSL London Zoo?

Yes, photography is generally permitted inside ZSL London Zoo for personal use. However, it's important to respect the animals' well-being and follow any guidelines provided by the zoo staff regarding photography restrictions in certain areas.

Are strollers/wheelchairs available at ZSL London Zoo?

Yes, strollers (prams) and wheelchairs are available for rent at ZSL London Zoo to enhance the accessibility and convenience of your visit.

Can I bring food and drinks to ZSL London Zoo?

Yes, you are allowed to bring your own food and drinks to ZSL London Zoo. There are designated picnic areas where you can enjoy your own meals.

How do I book tickets to visit ZSL London Zoo?

You can book tickets online. Online ticket booking allows you to select the date of your visit, choose the type of ticket and make the payment securely.