Set in 50 acres of magnificent parkland and gardens complete with winding pathways, rest areas and lakes, Banham Zoo is one of the best in the region. You can see hundreds of animals ranging from big cats, such as cheetahs, ocelots and the gorgeous Snow Leopard, to birds of prey; and from giraffes, zebras and red kangaroos to shire horses, snakes and monkeys. Tiger Territory is a purpose-built enclosure for Siberian tigers, including a rock pool and woodland setting; you can also visit Lemur Island and Tamarin and Marmoset Islands, or take the woodland walk to see the flamingoes. The Farm Barn, with its domestic animals, is popular with children, as is the adventure play area, though the skytrek – aerial trekking on zip wires – is not for the faint-hearted. The zoo has restaurants, baby-changing facilities, locker hire and a souvenir shop to complete your day out.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: 3 wheelchairs for hire, parking
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily from 9.30 (last admission 1 hour before closing). Closed 25 & 26 Dec
Also in the area
About the area
The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.
Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.
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