Paying visitors are encouraged to pre-book their tickets in advance - best value tickets are always found online. Paid tickets grant visits any time after the time shown on your ticket, with last entry times shown below.

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Members, Patrons and Fellows don't need to pre-book their visit at the moment and can visit with their valid membership ID cards, during the opening hours stated below, at their leisure:

We're normally open from 10am every day of the year except Christmas Day*, with seasonal closing times. 

DatesOpeningLast EntryClosing
29 March 2024 - 3 September 202410am5pm6pm
4 September 2024 - 27 October 202410am4pm5pm
28 October 2024 - 14 February 2025*10am3pm4pm
15 February 2025 - 29 March 202510am4pm5pm
30 March 2025 onwards10am5pm6pm

Book tickets in advance

Last entry and closing time subject to change due to special events.

  • Please note, our animal houses close 15 minutes before the Zoo closes.
  • Children under 16 will not be admitted without an adult.

* Whipsnade Zoo will be closed from Monday 20 to Friday 24 January, and again the following week from Monday 27 to Friday 31 January for annual maintenance. The Zoo will be open at the weekends between these dates.

Whipsnade Zoo address

Whipsnade Zoo
Dunstable
Bedfordshire 
LU6 2LF

Tel: 0344 225 1826 

Zoo terms of entry

Zoo terms of entry

  • Permission must be obtained for all filming and photography for commercial purposes
  • Children under 16 will not be admitted without an accompanying adult.
  • No dogs are allowed on the Whipsnade Zoo premises
  • Bicycles and motorbikes are not allowed on Zoo premises
  • BBQs not permitted
  • Rollerskates, rollerblades, skateboards are not allowed on zoo premises. Children's scooters are permitted under the supervision of an adult. No adult scooters are allowed onsite.
  • Heelys roller shoes must not be used as skates, but may be worn as shoes.
  • Please note, there is no provision for left luggage.