Zoos, wildlife and safari parks

Zoos and safari parks in England

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.

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Feed rare breed pigs at Marsh Farm

Feed rare breed pigs at Marsh Farm

Marsh Farm is more than just a farm attraction. Kids can have heaps of fun whatever the weather with indoor and outdoor play areas.

Location: South Woodham Ferrers, Essex

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Enjoy a family Christmas escape at Compton Pool Farm

Enjoy a family Christmas escape at Compton Pool Farm

There’s lots to do at Compton Pool Farm in Devon, from lake fishing and local woodland to explore, it's ideal for a festive family getaway.

Location: Paignton, Devon

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Pioneering conservation at Chester Zoo

Pioneering conservation at Chester Zoo

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

Location: Upton near Chester, Cheshire

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Be a zookeeper for the day at South Lakes Safari Zoo

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

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Penguins, picnics and playgrounds at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Penguins, picnics and playgrounds at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Enjoy an active family day out at this Grade 1 listed Georgian house and zoo set on dramatic cliffs with 50 acres of stunning parkland.

Location: Bridlington, East Yorkshire

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Stay up late at the zoo on those long summer nights

Stay up late at the zoo on those long summer nights

As West Midland Safari Park opens up late for the whole of August, discover the perfect way to enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer.

Location: Bewdley, Worcestershire

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Meet the gibbons at Paignton Zoo

Meet the gibbons at Paignton Zoo

Let’s face it, British animals can be fairly tame (bless ‘em). At least, compared to tigers, Chilean flamingos, Asiatic lions and tropical reptiles they are – all of which you’ll find at Paignton Zoo in Devon.

Location: Paignton, Devon

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Be a big cat keeper for a day at Dartmoor Zoo

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

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Get closer to wildlife at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Get closer to wildlife at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Birdwatching just got really, really wild at the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

Location: Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

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Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Visit Rutland Water's famous wildfowl sanctuary, covering 1,000 acres of bird hides, nature trails and visitor centres.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

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Become a zookeeper for a day

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

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Walk on the wild side with Llamas at Llama Karma Kafe

Walk on the wild side with Llamas at Llama Karma Kafe

Trekking through the Lake District with a herd of llamas is an experience you’ll never forget.

Location: Lake District

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Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Come face to face with some of the most feared predators on the planet - Nile crocodiles, American alligators, black caiman and more!

Location: Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

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Make friends at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Make friends at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

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Go wild on safari at Chessington World of Adventures

Go wild on safari at Chessington World of Adventures

Climb aboard the safari truck and head off to Chessington World of Adventures in search of flamingos, giraffes and white rhinos.

Location: Surrey, Greater London

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Explore River Lee Country Park by bike

Explore River Lee Country Park by bike

Get the kids active as you explore River Lee Country Park by bike on a circular cycle ride, perfect for all the family on The Artway routes.

Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex

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Enjoy active fun for all the family in Essex’s Lee Valley

Enjoy active fun for all the family in Essex’s Lee Valley

Explore the great outdoors on an active family holiday in Essex’s River Lee Country Park, with traffic free bike trails, farm animals and glamping.

Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex

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Get close to animals at Paradise Wildlife Park

Get close to animals at Paradise Wildlife Park

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

Location: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

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Watch lucky pups being pampered in Skegness

Watch lucky pups being pampered in Skegness

Visit Natureland to see how washed-up seal pups are nursed back into the wild. And there's far more to see besides.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

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Enjoy baby animals this Spring in the Peak District

Enjoy baby animals this Spring in the Peak District

Treat your family to a four-star break in luxury log cabins, enjoy safe cycling and feed the animals on a working Derbyshire farm.

Location: Brassington, Derbyshire

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