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Located in beautiful Bedfordshire countryside, Whipsnade is home to more than 2,500 rare and exotic animals and is one of the largest conservation centres in Europe. Hop aboard the Jumbo Express, a fantastic steam train experience, and see elephants, rhino, yaks, camels and deer, along with wild horses, and learn about their lives in the wilds of Asia and Africa. Other highlights include the Lions of the Serengeti, Giraffe Heights, Sealion Splash and Birds of the World. Visitors can also enjoy the picnic areas, keeper talks and animal demonstrations plus the indoor and outdoor play areas.

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Hop aboard the Jumbo Express and see animals from Asia and Africa

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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
WHIPSNADE, Dunstable, LU6 2LF
Phone : 01582 872171


  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily. Closed 25 Dec. Closing times vary

About The area

Discover Bedfordshire

At its most southern point, Bedfordshire is only 35 miles from London Waterloo, so there’s a good reason for the UK’s fifth busiest airport to be called London Luton Airport. The county is one of England’s smaller in terms of area, but more than makes up for it in terms of business HQs and visitor attractions. Among the most popular of these, and among the top attractions in the UK, is ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, founded in 1931, and now covering around 600 acres.

Along similar lines Woburn Safari Park opened more recently (in 1970) and is just over half the size. Fans of old flying machines or cars will enjoy a visit to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, a tiny village near Biggleswade. Among the oldest examples in the collection are a pioneering French Blériot XI from 1910, and a number of early French and German automobiles from the very late 19th century. 

Bedford itself is located on either side of the River Ouse, and has a large Italian population, descended from those who came to work at a local brick factory in the 1950s.

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