Britain has a wide range of zoos stretching from Scotland to Cornwall. Here is Britain Explorer’s list of the UK’s 25 zoos with an interactive map to help you locate them. This is a list of zoos only and does not include safari parks or bird sanctuaries.
1. Amazon World Zoo Park – ISLE OF WIGHT / UK
Amazon World Zoo Park has an excellent collection of rare and exotic animals which are looked after according to a policy of conservation. There are around 200 species in the zoo which also provides talks and displays about the creatures in their care.
Location: Watery Lane, Nr. Arreton, Isle of Wight, PO36 0LX
2. Banham Zoo – NORFOLK
Set in 50 acres of Norfolk countryside, Banham Zoo has over 2000 animals in its collection and attracts over 200,000 visitors every year. What started as a collection of parrots and pheasants is now Norfolk’s premier tourist attraction and renowned for its breeding of snow leopards.
Location: The Grove, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE
3. Battersea Park Children’s Zoo – LONDON
Specifically designed and managed with young people in mind, Battersea Park Children’s Zoo provides a wonderful experience for children of all ages. Animals include monkeys, snakes, ring-tailed lemurs, emu, chipmunks, coati, parrots meerkats and wallabies.
Location: Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Street, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ
4. Blackbrook Zoological Park – STAFFORDSHIRE
The zoo was created in 1991 by Mark Rubery and his mother Diana Holloway and has continued to grow and expand over the past two decades. It has one of the most important collections of rare birds in Britain and focuses on education and conservation.
Location: Winkhill, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 7QR
5. Blackpool Zoo – LANCASHIRE
The zoo was first opened in 1972 and now has more than 1500 animals. Over the past decade it has received significant investment and remains one of Blackpool’s most enduring attractions. It also features a children’s farm, replica dinosaur exhibition and a rainforest section – Amazonia.
Location: East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire FY3 8PP
6. Belfast Zoo – BELFAST
Also known as Bellevue Zoo, the Belfast Zoological Gardens are well located in a peaceful 55-acre countryside setting. It features over 1200 animals and takes part in around 90 European and international breeding programmes. It is one Northern Ireland’s premier tourist attractions.
Location: Antrim Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT36 7PN
7. Bristol Zoo Gardens – BRISTOL
BZG was first established in 1836 and is the world’s oldest provincial zoo. It was also the first to breed black rhinos in Britain and the first to breed chimpanzees in Europe. It is famous worldwide for its breeding group of Western Lowland Gorillas. An Aquarium is also part of the complex.
Location: Clifton, Bristol, Avon BS8 3HA
8. Chester Zoo – CHESHIRE
It was first opened in 1931 and is today one of the UK’s largest covering some 111 acres. It is said to be the most visited zoo in Britain attracting up to 1.3 million visitors per year. It has been ranked in the top 15 zoos worldwide and is operated by the North of England Zoological Society.
Location: Upton-by-Chester, Chester, Cheshire CH2 1LH
9. Colchester Zoo – ESSEX
The zoo first opened in 1963 and today is home to a wide variety of animals including big cats, primates and birds – many of which are endangered species. It attract up to 800,000 visitors a year and is closely associated with the “Action for the Wild” project.
Location: Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SL
10. Drusillas Zoo Park – SUSSEX / UK
The zoo is relatively small at only 10 acres but is largely aimed at youngsters between the ages of two and ten. It has a both wild and domestic animals including ring-tailed lemurs, meerkats, and penguins. There are many other extra activities including a children’s railway & play areas.
Location: Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS
11. Dudley Zoological Gardens – WEST MIDLANDS
The zoo covers a 40-acre site and is situated within the grounds of Dudley Castle and was established in 1937. The collection of over 1000 animals includes three snow leopards, tigers, lions, giraffes, reindeer and wallabies. The zoo also has a reptile house and primate centre.
Location: 2 The Broadway, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4QB
12. Drayton Manor Zoo –
Drayton Manor Zoo is part of the well-known Drayton Manor theme park. It is home to many rare and endangered species and is keenly involved with both breeding and conservation. A discovery centre provides hands-on learning displays about the animals and their place in the ecosystem.
Location: Drayton Manor Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 3TW
13. Edinburgh Zoo – EDINBURGH
Spread out over a sizeable 82-acre site, Edinburgh zoo aims to excite and inspire visitors thus promoting the protection and conservation of threatened habitats and species. It features a wide variety of animals including African hunting dogs, capybaras and purple-faced Langurs.
Location: Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, EH12 6TS
14. Exmoor Zoo – DEVON
The zoo evolved from Exmoor Bird Gardens and specialises in the care and conservation of smaller animals although larger creatures are being added to the collection. It currently occupies a 12 acre site and features 200 species of mammals, birds and reptiles including cheetahs and maned wolves.
Location: South Stowford, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4SG
15. Flamingo Land Park & Zoo – NORTH YORKSHIRE
The zoo has an extensive range and focuses on their collection of African animals, housed in the Lost Kingdom and African Plains sections. Significant efforts have been made to simulate the natural environments most suited to these creatures and to take part in breeding programmes.
Location: Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX
16. Hamerton Zoo Park – CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Originally a conservation sanctuary, Hamerton Zoological Park was opened in 1990 but today it’s a zoo taking care of around 500 animals from over 100 species. Within its 15 acre estate there’s a range of creatures from Bengal tigers to rare sheep as well as two new play areas for children.
Location: Hamerton, Nr Sawtry, Cambridgeshire PE28 5RE
17. Isle of Wight Zoo – ISLE OF WIGHT / UK
The zoo is located next to Yaverland beach and focuses on big cats and Madagascan animals. The zoo was the main filming location for the ITV Meridian television programme entitled “Tiger Island”. The star of the zoo is Zena the white tiger.
Location: Yaverland Seafront, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8QB
18. Linton Zoo – CAMBRIDGESHIRE
The zoo is billed as Cambridge’s wildlife breeding centre and is actively involved in national and international conservation programmes. Animals cared for by the zoo included African lions, Amur tigers and snow leopards. Special view windows allow visitors to get very close to the animals.
Location: Hadstock Road, Linton, Cambridgeshire CB21 4NT
19. Newquay Zoo – CORNWALL
Opened in 1969, Newquay Zoo is one of the South West’s premier tourist attractions. It is now part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust. Covering 13 acres, it is well known for its red pandas, fossa and tapirs. Breeding programmes are in place for the Palm Civet and Red-fronted Macaw.
Location: Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 2LZ
20. Marwell Wildlife (Zoological Park) – HAMPSHIRE
Now known as Marwell Wildlife the zoo is laid out over a 140 acre site, situated in the estate of Marwell Hall, making it one of the largest in Britain. There are around 1200 animals across 235 different species it its care. The zoo is actively involved in conservation programmes in Africa.
Location: Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH
21. Paignton Zoo – DEVON
The zoo and botanic garden attracts over half a million visitors a year and is part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust. It has a collection of approximately 2,000 animals across nearly 300 species. It focuses on education, conservation, research and breeding programmes.
Location: Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU
22. Twycross Zoo – WARWICKSHIRE
Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire has the largest collection of monkeys and apes in the Western World. It was established in 1963 and has grown in both size and popularity. It is the only British zoo to care for all four species of great ape, including the UK’s only group of breeding bonobos.
Location: Burton Road (on the A444), Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 3PX
23. Welsh Mountain Zoo – CLWYD
Sometimes also known as the Colwyn Bay Zoo, The Welsh Mountain Zoo has a 37 acre site and was opened in 1963. It now has many features including Jungle Adventure-land, the European Otter Enclosure, Chimpanzee World and Chimp Encounter as well as a section for Golden Eagles.
Location: Colwyn Bay, Clwyd, North Wales LL28 5UY
24. ZSL London Zoo – LONDON
As the world’s oldest public zoo, ZSL London has a remarkable pedigree. It is currently home to 16,802 animals across 755 species. This is one of the largest collections in Europe and continues to attract around one million visitors a year. It’s famous for its rare komodo dragons.
Location: Outer Circle, London, London NW1 4RY
25. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – BEDFORDSHIRE
The zoo and park encompasses an area of 600 acres making it the largest in Britain and it is home to 2,955 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild. It is owned by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity committed to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.
Location: Dunstable, Whipsnade, Bedfordshire LU6 2LF