“Renowned as a World Primate Centre and home to the UK’s only group of bonobos” - AA Inspector
Set on the Leicestershire-Warwickshire border, at the heart of England, and open for 364 days a year, Twycross Zoo is home to over 500 animals, from over 100 species. Visitors can see monkeys, giraffes, leopards, meerkats, kangaroos, snakes, flamingoes and many more There are four species of gibbon in Gibbon Forest, and all the great apes are present (gorilla, orangutan. chimpanzee and the UK's only group of bonobos). Walk with lemurs, feed the lorikeets, walk through Butterfly Forest, watch the Penguin Parade, and listen to daily talks about the animals. Photo credits: gorilla & baby elephant - Gillian Day
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-6 (5 in winter). Closed 25 Dec
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About the area
Leicestershire is divided between the large country estates of its eastern side and the industrial towns of the East Midlands to its west. Coal mining was an important part of the county’s industrial development in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is reflected in its heritage, including a reclaimed mine near Coalville, now divided between a nature reserve and Snibston Discovery Park, where families can learn about the mining industry. Meanwhile, agricultural areas are concentrated around the pleasant market towns of Market Harborough and Market Bosworth.
The county’s administrative centre is the city of Leicester, and other major towns are Loughborough, which includes bell-founding among its many industries, and Melton Mowbray, home of Stilton cheese and a particularly English item, the pork pie. One shop in Leicester has been specialising in this meaty delicacy since 1851. Northeast of Melton Mowbray is the lovely Vale of Belvoir, beneath which are large deposits of coal.
Charnwood Forest, with fewer trees than one would expect, provides a wild and rugged landscape conveniently situated for escape from the city. It lies to the northwest of Leicester extending to Loughborough and Coalville, with some interruptions.
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