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Experience the Zoo after-dark at our cosy Lookout Lodges.
We provide three entertaining and educational tours around the Zoo including a sunset tour, torch-lit night tour and a morning tour.
Led by our experienced hosts, our tours will give you an insider look at how we take care of our animals at the Zoo, and learn how we are working for wildlife around the world. The tours are only available for guests staying at Lookout Lodge, giving you unparalleled viewing of our animals when the Zoo is closed to the public. We like to keep what you see on our tours a surprise, so that you won't know what animals you will see until you get here.
Guests also get two full days access to the Zoo, with the option to explore London Zoo on your second day!
We run both Adult only and Family nights.
The itinerary is the same on both types of night however our Host team will tailor the talks and activities on the tours for our younger guests on family nights.
On adult only nights guests must be aged 14 years or older.
Each lodge can accommodate a maximum of two adults (or one adult and one young adult).
|Lodge based on 2 adults sharing||Prices from £298 per lodge (£149 per person)|
|Lodge single occupancy
|Prices from £208.60 per lodge|
|Wheelchair user and carer
|Prices from £208.60 per lodge (£104.30 per person)|
Please note: ZSL Gold Members receive a 10% discount on this experience. Please enter your CRM ID in the Offer Code box.
On family nights children must be aged five years or older.
Unfortunately children under five years old are not able to attend on any night.
Each lodge can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children. Children will sleep on a pull-out sofa bed.
Check in - 4.30pm
Sunset Tour - 6pm
Dinner at the Zoo - 7.30pm
Torchlight walk - 8.45pm
Relax - 9.45pm
Morning wake up - 7am
Breakfast - 8am
Morning tour - 8.45am
The end - 10am
Our lodges are also available for Summer Saturdays!
Whipsnade Zoo is staying open until 9pm on four evenings this summer: 29 July; 5 August; 12 August; 19 August. Discover a different side to the Zoo - plus, extend your visit even further with a Lookout Lodge stay!
- Complimentary drink on arrival
- Three exclusive after-hours tours of the Zoo at sunset, after-dark and in the morning
- Overnight stay in a private lodge - double or twin beds
- A delicious two-course dinner
- Full English breakfast
- Free entry into Whipsnade Zoo for the two days of your evening stay, and the option to visit London Zoo on your second day.
- Free car entry to Whipsnade Zoo
- Exclusive discounts on Keeper for a Day and Meet the Animals experiences
Our Lookout Lodge menus
Your menu options
Lookout Lodge food and drink
Your stay at the Lookout Lodge includes a complimentary drink on arrival and a delicious two-course dinner and breakfast.
What makes this overnight experience special?
Lookout Lodge is situated in extraordinary surroundings overlooking the beautiful Chiltern Downs.
Your neighbours for the evening include our herd of white rhinos and reindeer, who luckily are some of our quieter animals at the zoo, so won't keep you up in the night. However, in the morning some of our noisier residents like to make themselves heard, so don't be surprised if you wake up to the sound of peckish penguins, honking flamingos or roaring tigers!
Our cosy lodges have everything you need for a comfortable night's stay at the Zoo and are each named after an animal you can find at the Zoo.
Our nine lodge cabins come with either double or twin beds and each lodge has a private veranda so that you can sip your bedtime tea or hot chocolate whilst listening to the sounds of the Zoo at night.
- Comfy beds with soft linen and pillows
- Sofa bed with linens (for children on family nights)
- Kettle with selection of hot drinks
- Hair dryer
We have separate male and female toilet and shower facilities a short walk from the lodges (please note that whilst we have an accessible toilet we do not have a fully accessible shower).
Special tours of the Zoo
Learn about wildlife
Upgrade your stay!
Make you stay at Lookout Lodge even more memorable by taking part in one of our animal experiences! Guests staying at Lookout Lodge get 15% off our entire Meet the Animals experiences.
For the ultimate animal overnight experience, why not combine your stay with our Keeper for a Day experience. Lookout Lodge guests can enjoy this amazing experience for £199 per person (usual price £295).
To add these experiences, please add at checkout or contact See Tickets to add to an existing order.
The only Keeper for a Day experience in the UK where you get to work with rhinos, giraffes and elephants all in one day.
Feed our elephants
Hand feed our elephant family and get to know their individual personalities, and how they are helping inform elephant conservation work in the field.
Feed the world's biggest cat
A once in a lifetime experience to feed a beautiful Amur tiger. Hosted by an expert zookeeper, you'll get a unique insight into the life of an Amur tiger and the chance to ask questions about these incredible animals.
Get up close to the world's tallest animals with this special Meet the Giraffes experience.
Our Footplate Experience allows you to ride on the footplate of one of our beautiful steam engines at Whipsnade Zoo