A Family Day Out At Whipsnade Zoo

*I received no payment or any other compensation for writing this post. This post is based on our personal experience of visiting Whipsnade Zoo.

My boyfriend loves visiting zoos, seeing all the different animals. So, for his 40th birthday, he wanted us to go to Whipsnade Zoo.

Before Visiting the Zoo

My son has visited Whipsnade Zoo several times before; therefore, this zoo was familiar to him, and to us.

We looked at a map of the zoo ahead of attending. Whipsnade Zoo has a visual story online, which is easy to follow and very informative.

The visual story covers:

  • Before visiting
  • On arrival
  • A map of the zoo
  • Identifying workers at the zoo
  • Transport at the zoo
  • Big/small/free-roaming animals
  • Sensory information for people with sensory sensitivities
  • Animal talks
  • Places to eat

The ZSL Whipsnade Zoo accessibility page on their website provides information on the ramp access around the zoo, wheelchair access, and accessible toilets, including a changing place facility at the Butterfly House. A carer is entitled to free entry into Whipsnade Zoo when you pay for a visitor with additional needs.

The ticket prices vary depending on peak and off-peak days, so I recommend checking the prices online before arrival. You can buy a ticket with or without a donation. We booked our tickets online, getting a 10% discount off the gate price. I purchased a disabled child ticket, where a carer goes free.

At the Zoo

I made my boyfriend wear a 40 badge for the day. I told him to embrace his age. (He doesn’t look his age).

40 badge Whipsnade
My boyfriend’s “The Big 40” badge

First place on the map, Europe, and we spotted a Wolverine looking out.

a photo of a wolverine at Whipsnade Zoo
Photo of a Wolverine

We stopped to take in the enchanting views of the landscape, which we all appreciated. It’s just amazing to have this natural beauty close to home.

We then headed over to admire the loveable penguins.

We travelled over to Africa, on the map, to watch the giraffes eat. My son and boyfriend were excited to see the giraffes up so close.

We saw a few free-roaming Maras around the zoo.

A photo of a free roaming Maras
A free-roaming Maras

The Lionesses were all relaxed, sleeping and taking it easy.

Lunchtime approached, so we found a lovely spot, placed a blanket down and enjoyed our picnic.

Picnic Food at Whipsnade
Our Picnic Food

We managed to see the rhinos and zebras from afar, then after we drove through the Whipsnade safari part of the zoo, overlooking the deer and camels.

After, we set off to Asia on the map to see the Asian elephants. I thoroughly enjoyed this part as elephants are my favourite animal.

a photo of asian elephants at a zoo
Asian Elephants at Whipsnade Zoo

It was so mesmerising watching the different butterflies fly over our heads in the butterfly house.

All three of us love aquariums, so we couldn’t wait to see Whipsnade Zoo’s new aquarium. We were enchanted by all the fish, including the mangrove of the Caribbean.

a photo of the aquarium and butterfly house sign at whipsnade zoo

We had such a wonderful time at Whipsnade Zoo, and it was a great birthday experience for my boyfriend.

What’s your favourite animal and why?

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  1. I love how many tourist attractions are now putting social stories and sensory information up on their websites. It makes a huge difference to me even as an adult to be able to go in knowing roughly what to expect.

    It’s great that you had such a wonderful experience 🙂 I’m not sure that I have a favourite animal.

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