The London Zoo and London Aquarium
A visit to the London Zoo and Aquarium will entertain and educate
The London Zoo is a place of many firsts. Opening in 1828, it is the oldest scientific zoo in the world. It started the world's first Reptile house in 1849. In 1853 it opened the first public Aquarium (the term aquarium originated from here) and in 1881, the first insect house. It also opened the first children's zoo in 1938.
The London Zoo and London Aquarium are located at the northern end of Regents Park. After struggling for financial support in the 1980s it was announced that the zoo would permanently close in 1991. This created a groundswell of public support and contributions, allowing the zoo to undergo major renovations and replace cages with enclosures that better represent the natural environments of the animals.
Today the London Zoo has a collection of nearly 750 different species of animal. These are exhibited in numerous different exhibit areas. These include the Animal Adventure, Asian Big Cats, the Aquarium, Blackburn (Bird) Pavilion, B.U.G.S, Butterfly Paradise, Rainforest Life, Giants of the Galapagos, Gorilla Kingdom, Komodo Dragons and, opening in the Spring of 2011, Penguin Beach
The London Zoo is involved in breeding programs for about 130 different species. It relies entirely on entrance fees, donations, memberships and sponsorships for all of it's support. You can enjoy free admission to the London Zoo if you have the London Pass.
For more information about the London Zoo as well opening times and admission charges visit their official website: ZSL London Zoo
|Getting There on Transit|
|Tube Line||Tube Station||Walking Time|
|Northern Line||Camden Town||13 minutes|
|Bakerloo Line||Regents Park||20 minutes|
|Circle, Bakerloo, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Harmmersmith & City Lines||Baker Street||30 minutes|
|Connections and additional information|
From Baker Street Station you can take the #274 bus to Ormonde Terrace of if you don't mind the 30 minute walk, mostly through Regent's Park, exit the station and go right to the end of Baker Street. Cross Park Road, then go left onto the outer circle and follow it to the Zoo's entrance on the right.