13 January 2023

Whipsnade Zoo is the perfect day out for all ages and no matter what the weather.

Here are five great reasons to visit the Zoo this autumn. And remember, ZSL members enjoy unlimited free entry to Whipsnade and London Zoos the whole year round.

1. Escape the cold with our tropical enclosures.

Keep the cold at bay this autumn and warm up in our heated Butterfly house while exploring more than 30 different species from all over the world. We have one of the largest butterfly biomes of any UK Zoo, which offers an exquisite tropical experience for families to learn about nature. Plus, before entering our butterfly domain, delve deeper into the underwater worlds of the Aquarium and discover some of the rarest freshwater fish in the world.

Boy with a butterfly in the Butterfly house at Whipsnade Zoo

2. Join our walk of the week.

On selected dates, join one of our team on a relaxing guided walk around the Zoo. This one-hour walk and talk is the perfect opportunity to stroll around our big green spaces with our experts, getting behind the scenes info and occasionally walking off the beaten track of the Zoo. Each week’s walk will have a different theme so you can learn more about our many different animals.
Joining these walks is free of charge on paid entry to the Zoo, but places must be booked online in advance.

3. Indoor soft play for under 10s.

Watch your little ones climb like a monkey in our Hullabazoo indoor soft play, suitable for children up to 10 years of age. Each element of Hullabazoo is designed around different habitats so children can mimic all their favourite animals. Our indoor soft play is pre-bookable from the day before your visit.

Children on a slide Hullabazoo children's indoor play area

4. Enjoy a view like no other.

As the season changes, enjoy the incredible views over Aylesbury Vale from the best spot in the Zoo - the penguin pools! On a crisp clear day, the views go on for miles and who better to share the views with than our lovable penguins.
Here at Whipsnade Zoo, we’re lucky enough to feature two penguin colonies: African black-footed and rockhopper. Our penguins live in an amazing environment, featuring custom penguin pools and rock formations for our rockhoppers and it's the best place to soak up the views across the Downs.

Penguins at Sunset

5. Spot the free-roaming wallabies.

As you journey around Whipsnade, our free-roaming wallabies make the perfect company. As the days start to get shorter, they love hopping around in the cool, shadier parts of the zoo so keep your eyes peeled! We’ve shortlisted the best places to spot them:

Wallabies at Whipsnade Zoo

Autumn is a great time to visit the Zoo and explore our 600 acres of beautiful wide open space as the seasons change.
Book your tickets today and remember, under 3s go free!


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