The Best Farms and Zoos in London

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The Best Farms and Zoos to Visit in and around London this Summer

If you’re planning on taking members of your community group somewhere unique this summer and you’re perhaps looking for some inspiration. In this guide, we’ve featured what we believe are the best Farms and Zoos in the London area, from sprawling parks featuring exotic wildlife to smaller centres housing intriguing rescue animals.

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Our list of top Zoos and Farms in and around London

1. ZSL London Zoo
2. Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
3. Hanwell Zoo
4. Maryon Wilson Animal Park
5. Hackney City Farm
6. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

 

See animals in the heart of the capital at ZSL London Zoo

Perhaps the most well-known Zoo in the UK, ZSL London Zoo is situated amid the city but feels secluded from the hustle and bustle. You can easily spend a day exploring the Zoo and learning more about its animals, from cheeky penguins and graceful giraffes to mischievous monkeys.

When booking tickets for a group, do this online and enjoy up to 25% off the total ticket price. Youth Groups, such as Brownies, Scouts, Army Cadets and Young Farmers’ Clubs also enjoy a special rate. Click here to find out more about booking a group ticket for London Zoo.

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Address: ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY
Opening times: 10am – 5.30pm March – September
The Zoo is fully accessible to those with walking difficulties or wheelchair users. You can find out more about how to access certain areas of the Zoo with ease here.
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Take the kids along to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

If little ones use your community group, they’re bound to love a day out to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo. This small Zoo in London boasts a wide range of cute creatures, from furry water-loving otters to curious meerkats and sweet Tamarin monkeys. There is even some recognisable British wildlife, such as hedgehogs and barn owls, as well as small animals traditionally kept as pets including guinea pigs, fancy rats and corn snakes.

You can book group tickets for a minimum of 15 people, and it’s good to know that for every five children, one adult gains admittance for free! You can book by calling the park or emailing their team.

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Address: Battersea Park, Chelsea Bridge Gate, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ
Opening times: Spring/Summer 10am – 5.30pm
The park is accessible to those with limited mobility and offers accessible toilet facilities.
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Discover the animals at Hanwell Zoo

This modest Zoo in London is located on the Eastern outskirts in Brent Lodge Park, offering a home to a variety of animals including everyone’s favourite meerkats, bristly porcupines and exotic reptiles such as poison arrow frogs.

You can book group tickets for two adults and one child for £8. Consider looking into volunteering at the Zoo; it is a community zoo and relies on generous people who can donate their time to caring for its animals.

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Address: Brent Lodge Park, Church Road, Hanwell, W7 3BP
Opening times: April to September 10 am – 5 pm
The Zoo recommends you get in touch before your visit to discuss your needs.
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Get up close to the residents at Maryon Wilson Park

Maryon Wilson Park itself is a beautiful location to visit for a gentle summer walk on a lazy afternoon, but there is also a host of animals that live there to see. This park is situated in East London and easy to access. Stop by the deer enclosure, to see these gentle animals up close and even feed them. There are goats, peacocks, sheep that live in the park and also ponies that can offer rides.

You can book your community group onto a private tour. These can host 12 to 50 people, with a guide who takes you around the park and teaches you about its history and introduces you to its animals. However, it’s important to note that these are not available during school hours.

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Address: Thorntree Road, Charlton, SE7
Opening times: Open 24 hours. Private tours take place from 1.30pm
The park is open and accessible for those in a wheelchair, however people with limited mobility may find the walking distances hard to manage.
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Enjoy a taste of rural life at Hackney City Farm

Hackney City Farm offers those living in London a little taste of all things rustic without having to leave the city. It’s the perfect location to visit if you’re looking for a fun activity for your group this summer. Visit this location and meet the resident farm animals including two adorable ginger pigs, Guernsey goats with striking markings and many chickens who lay fresh eggs daily and roam freely.

You can also apply to volunteer as a team, great for building bonds in your community and seeing more of the farm up close and behind the scenes. Email the farm to find out more.

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Address: Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmiths Row, London, E2 8QA
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
The farm is accessible to disabled individuals, but it’s a good idea to mention any disabilities or limited mobility requirements when you book to ensure they can cater for you.
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Drive a little further to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Head North on the M1 and you’ll find yourself at the infamous Whipsnade Zoo currently hosting elephants, rhinos and magnificent lions to get up close to the animals. It will take around an hour to reach this stunning Zoo and if you’re looking to attend as a large group, consider booking a group ticket to save some money.

There are discounts to be enjoyed for groups of 10 or more and free entry for carers with a disabled visitor. Take a look at the animal talks going on throughout the day to learn more about these incredible creatures; you can see the lemurs munching down on their breakfast if you arrive in the morning or finish the day with a talk about the resident tigers, where they come from and how they’re cared for by the Zoo.

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Address: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF
Opening times: 10 am – 6p m March until September
The Zoo confirms that it is ‘reasonably wheelchair friendly’. There are many accessible toilets and wheelchairs to hire for use throughout your day. Service dogs are not allowed in the Zoo.
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These locations offer a fun place to plan a visit this summer with your community group, many offer some form of group booking opportunity and allow you to see some incredible animals and make fond memories together.

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