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10 Best Zoos in England

There are over 60 zoos and animal parks in England. Find out which are the best around!

We have collected hundreds of visitor reviews and comments, checked the zoo websites, researched several zoo related resources and visited many of the zoological gardens ourselves to give you this selection of the largest, loveliest and most amazing zoos in England.

Enjoy the list of the top zoos in England, locate them on map or plan the perfect trip to any of the zoos with our trip planner!

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By , March 2012

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  • Chester Zoo

    Upton by Chester, England, UK

    Most-visited and one of the largest wildlife attractions in Britain. Rated among top 15 zoos in the world.

  • Whipsnade Zoo

    Whipsnade, England, UK

    A fantastic day out amongst more than 2,500 animals. One of the few UK zoos with elephants.

  • Marwell Wildlife

    Owslebury, England, UK

    With focus on African and Australian animals, there is definitely a lot to see in this zoo within very large grounds..

  • London Zoo

    London, England, UK

    One of the oldest and most progressive zoos in the world. Well worth a visit if you're in London!

  • Bristol Zoo Gardens

    Bristol, England, UK

    More than 175 old zoo with rare animals like butterflies or fruit bats. Fabulous place though packed in a small area.

  • Colchester Zoo

    Colchester, England

    A charming zoo with 270+ species on exhibit. Always expanding, very child friendly and with lots of hands on experiences.

  • Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

    Hythe, England, UK

    Truly African experience, complete with Britain's largest herd of African elephants. The animal's habitats are picture-perfect.

  • Paignton Zoo

    Paignton, England, UK

    A home to a collection of around 2,000 animals and 1,600 plant species. One of the first places in Britain combining zoological and botanical gardens.

  • Howletts Wild Animal Park

    Canterbury, England, UK

    Howlett Zoo was initially set up as a private zoo and opened to public later. The enclosures look very natural and you can get close to the animals.

  • Twycross Zoo

    Twycross, England, UK

    The zoo holds what is supposed to be the world's largest collection of apes. There are also rare leopard species.

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