Cheap Zoo Tickets 2015: The Best Zoo Deals And Discounts


Cheap zoo tickets are readily available if you know where to look! Let us show you how to find them and just how much money you can save in the process…

In many ways, zoos present much better value for your money than adventure theme parks, given their lower entry costs and educational value. Better still, there are heaps of cheap zoo tickets available for visits during 2015 to help save you even more money, as well as great zoo deals and travel offers to get you on your way.

Here’s a look at some of the UK’s most popular zoos and the best cheap zoo tickets to enjoy them this summer with your family.

Cheap London Zoo tickets

London Zoo is arguably the UK’s most popular zoo, set right in the heart of London at Regent’s Park. And we will show you how to get your hands on some cheap tickets to London Zoo.

In 2015, London Zoo is launching an all-new experience too – Sunset Safaris. Every Friday from 5 June to 17 July, you and your family can experience the wonders of the animal kingdom from a different perspective, as some settle down for the night while others venture out to play!

Standard on-the-door ticket prices

  • Adult: £24.30 (£27 including donation)
  • Child (ages 3-15 years): £17.10 (£19 including donation)
  • Children under 3 years are free

FREE entry with your London Pass!

The cheapest way to visit London Zoo is to use your London Pass, which gives you FREE entry to the zoo as well as dozens of other London attractions!

A London Pass gets you:

  • Fast track entry, so you can jump the queues
  • FREE admission
  • FREE transport around London
  • FREE admission to many other top London attractions – perfect for entertaining the kids these holidays!


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Find out more about the benefits of a London Pass with our handy guide, complete with details on how to claim your 2015 discount code!


7% OFF standard London Zoo tickets – Online Exclusive Deal

If you’re just looking for tickets to London Zoo, avoid paying full price at the gate by heading online:


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25% OFF group tickets – ONLINE EXCLUSIVE OFFER

For the cheapest of cheap tickets to London Zoo, get together with other friends or family and go as a group!


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Please note that all the above discounts are matched against standard on the door ticket prices.


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London Zoo Experience Days

London Zoo offers animal experience days where you can meet and greet some of your favourite animals. Prices vary depending on which animal experience you would like, and weekends are slightly more expensive.

These experiences are great for the kids, and the money raised is used to help conservations efforts for the animals you spend the day with. Among the experiences available are encounters with:

  • VIP meet the animals encounters
  • Become a keeper for a day
  • For a really wild adventure, stay overnight in the zoo in the lookout lodge!


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Want more info on what London Zoo has to offer? Check out our full guide to London Zoo.

Whipsnade Zoo cheap tickets and offers

baby elephantThe Bedfordshire sister of London Zoo, Whipsnade Zoo boasts being the largest zoo in the UK and are conveniently located if you are based in London and the Midlands. Here is a selection of the best Whipsnade Zoo offers.

New for 2015 is the Sunset Safari on 27 June – a chance to see the animals in a whole new light!

Standard on-the-door ticket prices

  • Adult:  £22.70 (£25 with donation)
  • Child: £16.35 (£18 with donation)
  • Children under 3 years are free

Save up to 25% on Whipsnade Zoo tickets when you buy online

Whipsnade Zoo is a great value family day out. Explore the UK’s biggest zoo, home to over 2,500 animals, including some of the world’s most endangered species.

16% OFF family tickets – EXCLUSIVE ONLINE OFFER: Whipsnade Zoo offers a special 16% discounted online family offer.

  • Remember – this offer is only available when you select two adults and two kids, or one adult and three kids when you book
  • You get special fast track entry into the zoo
  • Use voucher code ‘SAVER’ at the checkout to secure these cheap zoo tickets

25% OFF group booking – EXCLUSIVE ONLINE OFFER: Group discounts of 25% are available for groups of 10 or more if you book online in advance. Alternatively, if your group turns up on the day, you can still get a 15% discount at the gate.


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Edinburgh Zoo ticket deals

Scotland’s most prominent zoo is home to the Giant Pandas, who draw plenty of crowds as they eat and play.

As well as all your favourite animals from around the world, in 2015 you can also get up close and personal with prehistoric giants as Edinburgh Zoo hosts Dinosaurs Return!

Standard on-the-door ticket prices

  • Adult: £18 (including 10% voluntary donation)*
  • Child: £13.50 (including 10% voluntary donation)*
  • Children under 3 years are free
  • Car parking: £4

*These prices are valid until 1 November 2015, coinciding with the Dinosaurs Return! exhibition. Prices thereafter will be £1 less.

Edinburgh Zoo family and group tickets

  • 19% OFF Edinburgh Zoo group tickets: Cheap zoo tickets are available to groups of 10 or more, saving you around 19% per person. Alternatively, you can purchase one of the zoo’s family tickets, which offer a saving of around 10%. There are four types of family tickets available, which cover families with one or two adults and multiple kids.
  • Scotrail’s Kids Go Free offer: Scotrail’s Kids Go Free has one of the best Edinburgh Zoo offers. With every paying adult, you’ll get free off-peak travel for two kids as well as one free zoo entry. Simply show your Kids Go Free Scotrail train ticket at the zoo gate to claim your kids’ free entry!


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Cheap tickets to Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is home to 400 different species of animals, which means every zoo-goer is sure to get up close and personal with their favourites. There aren’t any Chester Zoo vouchers available at present, but there’s still some great Chester Zoo deals on offer!

These summer holidays, pay a visit to Chester Zoo’s all new ‘Islands’ zone – a £40 million addition opening in July that will take visitors through the jungles of South East Asia. Get up close with an engangered Sumatran tiger and orangutan and find out what’s so unique about a Visayan warty pig!

Standard on-the-door ticket prices

  • Adult: £20
  • Child: £16.25
  • Children under 3 years are free
  • Family (2 Adults+ 2 Children):  £67

Up to 30% discounts on Chester Zoo tickets

  • Buy direct from the Chester Zoo website: You can avoid the queues on the day by booking your tickets direct from Chester Zoo’s website and, if you book more than 7 days ahead of your visit, you’ll get 10% off all tickets, or 16% off for families! You also benefit from the zoo’s Fast Track entry on the day.
  • zoo tigerChester Zoo group discounts: By going as part of a group, you can save a hefty 30% on entry to Chester Zoo. The offer is available when making an online booking for a group of 15 or more.
  • Chester Zoo bike voucher: If you live close to the zoo, why not leave the car at home and jump on your bike with the kids. Not only will you save money on fuel, by doing your bit for the environment the zoo will give a 15% discount to everyone who arrives by bike. To claim these cheap zoo tickets, you will need to show the Chester Zoo bike voucher at the gate.
  • Merseyrail’s Chester Zoo Cominbation Ticket offer: Getting to Chester Zoo is easy with the Merseyrail Chester Zoo Combination Ticket, which includes train travel to Bache station from anywhere on the Merseyrail network. At £17.50 for adults, £14.50 for kids ages 5-15 and £12.50 for toddlers ages 3-4 (with free travel), those prices save you up to 12.5% on the standard gate price at the zoo!


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Drusillas Park offers

Family is at the heart of Drusillas, owned and operated by just two families in its 90 year history. The park comprises an animal zoo as well as a range of theme park rides and adventure activities. We have included some cheap Drusillas Park deals below to help you get the best value on your visit!

Little ones can meet Hello Kitty on 20 dates throughout the year, while new for 2015 is a visit from Daddy Pig and Peppa Pig.

DrusillasStandard on-the-door ticket prices

  • Adults and Children: £18 peak days
  • Children under 2 years are free
  • Family of four: £70 peak days

Up to 16% OFF Drusilla Park tickets when you buy online

In addition to its standard peak and off-peak days, Drusillas has selected discount days and super saver days during the cooler months.

Check the calendar on the zoo’s website to see which days are earmarked as discount and super saver days and plan your day out accordingly.

Animal Experience Days

For something extra special, why not give the gift of an animal experience? Meet the meerkats, feed the penguins or tickle a tarantula…there are plenty of wild adventures to choose from!

Virgin Experience Days has a range of animal experience days at Drusillas Park from £75 each, making them a perfect gift for any animal enthusiast!


Bristol Zoo Gardens ticket deals

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a popular choice for animal lovers from near and far. But until August, your family can also see first-hand animals of a different kind with the zoo’s 12 animatronics dinosaurs.

This year, Bristol Zoo Gardens will again host comedy festival Giggle for Gorillas to raise funds to support gorilla conservation. The show will be held on 2 August with an as yet to be determined line up of famous comedians. Alternatively, check the events calendar to find something of interest to your heard!

Standard on-the-door ticket prices

  • Adult: £15.99
  • Child: £10
  • Children under 2 years are free

Save £££ on Bristol Zoo Gardens tickets when you buy online

  • Bristol Zoo Gardens online tickets: Unfortunately Bristol Zoo Gardens no longer offers online discounts. However you can beat the queues simply by booking online. You will need to show the supplied barcode at the gate to take advantage of this Bristol Zoo deal.
  • First Attractions Zoo Safari offer: Travel by bus and you can take up a special offer with First Attractions. The offer includes return bus travel to the zoo from within Bristol Zones 1 and 2 and entry to the zoo, both of which are discounted by 15%.

Special animal experience for 2 currently has a special animal experience for 2 at Bristol Zoo Gardens, offering great value. This special ticket offer includes:

  • Entry for two people
  • A free drink each
  • The opportunity to meet some of the Zoo’s resident animals up-close
  • All this for just £60!


Cheap tickets to Twycross Zoo

orangutan babyBased in Atherstone, Warwickshire, Twycross Zoo is one of the world’s leading zoos when it comes to primates – you’ll see some fantastically impressive (though hugely endangered) apes, gorillas and monkeys ambling about!

Twycross Zoo is undertaking a range of improvements to modernise its facilities and animal enclosures throughout 2015, offering visitors a whole new experience. Last year the kids Explorers Zone underwent a major revamp, to include a new adventure playground, pizzeria, gift shop and a magical Butterfly Forest.

Unfortunately, Twycross Zoo deals are hard to come by – but you can get a discount by booking online. We’ll keep this page updated with any other discounts.

Standard on-the-door ticket prices

  • Adult: £17.95
  • Child: £12.95
  • Children under 3 years: free

Twycross Zoo offers

  • Twycross Zoo 10% online discount: Get your tickets online through the zoo’s website and save 10%. Get big group discounts and if you become a member you’ll get unlimited access for a one-off fee!


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Cheap Blackpool Zoo tickets

One of the highest rated zoos on TripAdvisor in the whole of the UK, Blackpool Zoo offers a great experience to explore the wonder of our animal kingdom. The zoo is home to big cats, giraffes, gorillas and limurs, to name but a few. Blackpool Zoo also offers a zoo experience of a different kind with its dinosaur safari, recreating the natural environment of these prehistoric marvels.

Standard on-the-door ticket prices

  • Adult: £16.50
  • Child (ages 3-15 years): £12
  • Children under 3 years go free
  • Family of four: £51.50
  • Car parking costs £2.50 per vehicle

Up to 15% off online offer at Blackpool Zoo

Buy your tickets online from Blackpool Zoo’s website before you go for up to 15% off the gate price:

  • Tickets vary depending on how far in advance you book.
  • Cheapest tickets are available when you book more than 7 days in advance, saving you 15% for adults and 14% on kids and family tickets.

Blackpool is also home to many other great attractions, including Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Check out our guide to getting discount tickets to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and other Blackpool attractions to save yourself some extra cash at this fun-filled family destination!


Travel and hotels

If you’re planning on visiting a zoo as part of a family weekend away, there are some great deals available to use with your cheap zoo tickets that will ensure you get the most out of your trip to the zoo without breaking the bank.

Travelling to Zoos

Trains with Train Genius: Train Genius offers discounts of up to 80% on advance bookings for train tickets UK-wide. There are also no credit card/debit card/booking charges, and the site is a friendly and easy to navigate.

Coaches with National Express: With coaches running to almost every corner of the UK, generous legroom and a hassle free luggage policy, you can’t go wrong with National Express for your next trip to the zoo.

Hotels near Zoos

Premier Inn Short Breaks offer: Premier Inn has a Family Short Breaks special offer, where kids under 16 stay and eat breakfast for free. The offer is valid across Premier Inn’s network of hotels. Room rates vary according to location, although many hotels have rooms starting from just £29 per night. The hotels are cheap, the rooms are substantial and the facilities are family friendly.

Expedia: Book cheap family-friendly hotels across UK with Expedia. The popular online booking site has a wide variety of deals and discounts on stay options throughout the year, as well as its own loyalty programme which is definitely worth checking out to save even more of your hard-earned cash!


Voluntary donations in ticket prices

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It is worth remembering that many zoos and wildlife parks in the UK operate as charities, relying on not just ticket prices but also donations and tax breaks to fund their conservations works. And in many cases, the advertised ticket price includes a voluntary donation of around 10% per ticket – so you can save money simply by opting out of this charge.


If you want to see more than one attraction in London

Remember to Use your London Pass: You can use your London Pass to get FREE access to London Zoo, as well as 54 other top London attractions. The London Pass can be great value: a six-day adult London Pass normally costs £108 and entitles you to £480 worth of attraction entry. One, two and three day passes are also available.


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