Zoos, wildlife and safari parks

After taking in the wealth of city sights, enjoy a touch of life on the farm. City farms offer an oasis of calm in an urban environment. Children are encouraged to say hello to pigs, cows and honking geese. The adults can enjoy an organic ice-cream while the kids are distracted. If domesticated animals are too tame there are always the zoos in England which provide a safe haven for some of the world's rarest beasts. Or experience the joy of having your car jumped on by inquisitive monkeys while on a tour in one of the safari parks in England. Attractions are preparing to reopen following the COVID-19 lockdown, please check with the attraction's website for up-to-date information on opening times and restrictions before travelling.

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Take the whole family to Chester Zoo

Venture to tantalising tropical islands in the heart of Cheshire with innovative exhibits at the UK’s most popular zoo.

Location: Upton near Chester, Cheshire

Be a zookeeper for the day at South Lakes Safari Zoo

Spend some quality time with the family with an up-close animal encounter at South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria.

Location: Dalton In Furness, Cumbria

Treat your partner to an unforgettable date at Colchester Zoo

Treat your loved one to a Perfect Partner experience at Colchester Zoo to celebrate a landmark birthday, anniversary or even to propose marriage…

Location: Colchester, Essex

Animal antics at Down at the Farm

Down at the Farm is one of Sunderland's most popular farms, home to a wide range of rare breed animals including giant tortoises, alpacas, raccoons, donkeys and red deer.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Find yourself on a farm in the heart of Nottingham

Stonebridge City Farm is a slice of the countryside in the heart of a city centre.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Go glamping at Lookout Lodge inside ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Enjoy the ultimate overnight experience and camp next door to the animals of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Location: Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Be a big cat keeper for a day at Dartmoor Zoo

Join the Big Cat Keepers at Dartmoor Zoo for this hard work, hands on, all day experience.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

Become a zookeeper for a day

Meet the animals at London Zoo and learn how to take care of penguins, meerkats and more.

Location: London

Enjoy close encounters at Tropical Butterfly House & Wildlife Centre

Discover one of the most exciting wildlife parks in Yorkshire - an indoor rainforest paradise with birds and butterflies, creepy crawlies and reptiles, cheeky Meerkats and minibeasts from around the world.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Fairytale Farm: a farm park with a difference

A sensory and learning wonderland, Fairytale Farm will delight the whole family.

Location: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Warwick Castle

16 days out in England

Pack up a picnic, hop in the car and swap the city for some of these beautiful English sights - all an hour or less from a major city.

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Meet Downton Abbey's farmyard animals at Cogges Manor Farm

A place of family fun and learning and one of the idyllic settings for ITV’s Downton Abbey, Cogges is a wonderful family attraction in Oxfordshire.

Location: Witney, Oxfordshire

Explore the UK's first safari park at Longleat

Feed giraffes by hand and walk on the wildside with lemurs at this popular safari park, found in the picturesque grounds of historic Longleat House.

Location: Longleat, Wiltshire

Get closer to the animals at Paradise Wildlife Park

Venture to Hertfordshire for an exciting day out with the family at this award-winning zoo; see a range of exotic animals and enjoy a whole host of experiences and attractions.

Location: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

Make friends at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates, this sanctuary lets you get up close and personal with all kinds of monkeys, gorillas and apes.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

Meet feathered friends at Lotherton Hall Estate

Get up close and personal with rare birds, tropical mammals and wild-roaming deer at Lotherton Hall in Aberford, near Leeds.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

Feel calmer whilst walking a llama

Go walkies South American-style with National Forest Llama Treks, an unusual “let’s-do-something-different” trekking experience.

Location: Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire

Shaka the African Elephant at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Make furry friends at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is a unique combination of zoo and farm set in 100 acres of North Somerset countryside, just six miles south of Bristol.

Location: Bristol

Animal-inspired family fun at Wild Place Project

Travel through habitats of the world on the edge of Bristol with safari-style animal encounters and child-friendly activities at Wild Place.

Location: Bristol

Sleep in the treetops on an overnight safari in Kent

Get in touch with your wild side in Kent this spring with a true African experience that the whole family will rave about.

Location: Lympne, Kent

Feed the penguins at Harewood House

Help the Bird Garden keepers feed the penguins in the grounds of one of England’s treasure houses.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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