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.

Zoos and safari parks in England

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.

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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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Underwater adventures at Blue Planet Aquarium

Underwater adventures at Blue Planet Aquarium

Discover clown fish, reef magic, a giant octopus and a pirate playground as you go underwater.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

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Animal antics & farm fun for the family at Down at the Farm

Animal antics & farm fun for the family at Down at the Farm

Down at the Farm is a popular farm, home to a wide range of rare breed animals including giant tortoises, alpacas, raccoons, donkeys and red deer.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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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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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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Experience vibrant sea life at the London Aquarium

Experience vibrant sea life at the London Aquarium

London is probably the last place you’d expect to find tiger sharks, but at Sea Life London Aquarium there’s a whole load of them swimming about happily.

Location: South Bank, London

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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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Get up close with the puffins at Yorkshire Nature Triangle

Get up close with the puffins at Yorkshire Nature Triangle

Yorkshire Nature Triangle is well known among local naturalists for its rich fauna and flora but is also a hidden secret for a wider audience.

Location: Bempton, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Head to a Lancashire family farmyard hideaway

Head to a Lancashire family farmyard hideaway

Explore Lancashire's natural and historic treasures from an award winning self-catering farm cottage.

Location: Ormskirk, Lancashire

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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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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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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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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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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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Pet a pony and cuddle a calf at Cannon Hall Farm

Pet a pony and cuddle a calf at Cannon Hall Farm

A day out at Cannon Hall Farm in Yorkshire, near Cawthorne, is perfect for animal-loving families and there’s no better time to go than in spring.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

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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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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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Run wild with the animals at Old MacDonald’s Farm

Run wild with the animals at Old MacDonald’s Farm

The animals may be wild, the kids can run wild, but parents will be delighted at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Brentwood, Essex.

Location: Brentwood, Essex

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Meet Downton Abbey's farmyard animals at Cogges Manor Farm

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

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Sleep in the treetops on an overnight safari in Kent

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

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