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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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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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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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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Enjoy a family day out at Walby Farm Park

Enjoy a family day out at Walby Farm Park

If you’re looking for a fun day out for all the family, whatever the weather, pay a visit to Walby Farm Park in Cumbria.

Location: Walby, Cumbria

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Go wild and become a zookeeper for the day at Marwell Zoo

Go wild and become a zookeeper for the day at Marwell Zoo

This unique once-in-a-lifetime experience will allow you to get up close to some of nature’s most endangered species for a memory you’ll never forget.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Plan your trip to Chessington World of Adventures

Plan your trip to Chessington World of Adventures

Non-stop adventures await all the family where you can see animals, have a go on rides and even stay overnight in the Resort Hotel.

Location: Chessington, Surrey

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Feed the penguins at Harewood House

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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Enjoy close encounters at Tropical Butterfly House & Wildlife Centre

Enjoy close encounters at Tropical Butterfly House & Wildlife Centre

Discover an indoor rainforest paradise with birds and butterflies, creepy crawlies and reptiles, cheeky Meerkats and minibeasts from around the world.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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Treat your partner to an unforgettable date at Colchester Zoo

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

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Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Step into a tropical paradise and watch exotic butterflies flutter by at Cumberland House Natural History Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Go wild for the nature and wildlife of the Cotswolds

Go wild for the nature and wildlife of the Cotswolds

Experience the wild beauty of Batsford Arboretum in Moreton in Marsh and the sight of rare birds of prey soaring over the surrounding Cotswolds hills.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Gloucestershire

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Animal-inspired family fun at Wild Place Project

Animal-inspired family fun at Wild Place Project

Travel through habitats of the world on the edge of Bristol with safari-style animal encounters & family activities at Wild Place

Location: Bristol

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Make yourself at home at Harewood House

Make yourself at home at Harewood House

This 18th century home is filled with fine art and surrounded by gardens and parkland that is home to many animals including flamingos and penguins.

Location: Harewood, West Yorkshire

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Have a close encounter with Daleks and medieval peasants in Essex

Have a close encounter with Daleks and medieval peasants in Essex

Choose to travel back in time to medieval England in 1066, the toys of your childhood or even WWII (though chances are you’ll want to do all three).

Location: Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

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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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Fairytale Farm: a farm park with a difference

Fairytale Farm: a farm park with a difference

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

Location: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

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Get up close with the farm animals at Staunton Country Park

Get up close with the farm animals at Staunton Country Park

Come and meet friendly farm animals, have a rainforest experience in Victorian glasshouses or get lost in the maze.

Location: Havant, Hampshire

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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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Go animal kwackers in Devon

Go animal kwackers in Devon

Make some new furry friends down in Devon this summer.

Location: Bideford, Devon

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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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