We visited the aquarium…….
…..and also the Reptile House and the Creepy Crawlies exhibition. We saw swarms of locusts, sea snails and some slimy salamander type thing (sorry, that’s as good as you’re going to get from me).
Our favourite bit was Penguin Beach, where we saw the penguins being fed. There is now a large spectator area, which is great.
We also loved the giraffes – we saw the feeding time at 3pm, which is aptly called “high tea”.
There are some things to play on here, as well as hands-on exhibits, like these very friendly goats.
There are literally hundreds of animals at London Zoo, including tigers, lions, (but no bears), leaf-cutter ants, and the ever-popular meerkats. There is a fantastic bat cave, an indoor rainforest (with more monkeys), and a pool of lovely, squeaky otters.
London Zoo is very much about the conservation of animals (as you are constantly reminded at each talk), and there is a lot to learn about how animals fit into the world.
I love London Zoo as it’s huge and you get so much for your money. You need to get there early though to make the most of it.
We have been several times in the past, and we’ll definitely be back in the future.
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There are plenty of toilets, and baby changing facilities though the signposting could be a little better. The accessibility for prams is very good.
There are cafes, and snack bars, and plently of benches to sit if you have a picnic.
There is a large gift shop at the exit (naturally), and also smaller themed gift-shops at the exit of certain attractions, such as the gorilla kingdom, and the penguin enclosure.
Under 3s are free. Ticket prices vary throughout the season (cheaper in the winter) and a discount can be gained by buying in advance online. Adult prices start from £20, children from £15.50.
Visit length – all day from 10am to 4pm at least. Allow at least four hours, more if you can in order to see everything.
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