10 UK Zoos Where You Can Stay Overnight

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10 UK Zoos Where You Can Stay Overnight


We love visiting UK Zoos. I know they can sometimes be controversial but I have always found the conservation efforts and charity work offered by our zoos to be second to none. Many of our UK Zoos are charities and by staying overnight, you can help to support their important work. 

I have put together a list of UK Zoos and Animal Attractions offering overnight stays and exclusive experiences. There is something for most budgets and some of the exclusive experiences would make a wonderful birthday treat. 
  1. Chessington World of Adventures
  2. West Midlands Safari Park 
  3. Longleat 
  4. Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  5. Port Lympne Safari Park 
  6. London Zoo
  7. Whipsnade Zoo
  8. Wild Place Bristol
  9. Drayton Manor
  10. Flamingoland


Chessington World of Adventures 


Chessington World of Adventures offers a couple of on-site accommodation options with a couple of extras thrown in.  You can read about our trip to Chessington World of Adventures here. 

Azteca & Safari Resort Hotels

10 UK Zoos Where You Can Stay Overnight  - Chessington
Credit : Chessington World of Adventures

  • Themed Rooms including Gruffalo, Tiger, Monkey, Penguin, Giraffe and Room on the Broom
  • 1 Day Zoo, Theme Park & SEALIFE included 
  • Early Ride Time (selected dates) 
  • Evening Access to AMAZU and Wanyama Village (selected dates)
  • Breakfast & Complimentary Parking 
  • Find out more and book here
Explorer Glamping 

10 UK Zoos Where You Can Stay Overnight  - Chessington glamping
Credit : Chessington

Can include the following (depending on package): 
  • Free WiFi
  • Evening Entertainment 
  • Early Ride Access 
  • Furniture & Plug Sockets 
  • 1 Day Zoo, Theme Park & SEALIFE included 
  • Find out more and book here

If you are looking for a budget option, this hotel is right next door to Chessington and has rooms available from £29. 


West Midland Safari Park 


10 UK Zoos Where You Can Stay Overnight = West Midland Safari Park Cheetah Lodge

10 UK Zoos Where You Can Stay Overnight  - West Midland Safari Elephant Lodge


These lodges do not open until 2022 but they look fantastic and bookings are being taken now. Eight exclusive and luxurious lodges will give you spectacular views of the animals and include entry to the Safari Park. 

Lodges allow you to watch elephants roam and drink from their pool or enjoy panoramic views of the Cheetah's habitat. 

Find out more and book here. 


You can read about our trip to West Midland Safari Park here. 

If you are looking for a budget option or to stay before these lodges open, here is a handy list of hotels nearby. 


Longleat Safari Park 

10 UK Zoos Where You Can Stay Overnight  - Longleat Cottages
Credit : Longleat

Longleat has recently opened a set of cottages on their estate overlooking the Safari Park. Cottages include a local food and drinks hamper, guidebook and tickets to Longleat. Find out more here. 


If you are looking for a budget option, this hotel is just a 15 minute drive from Longleat and has rooms available from £29 per night. 


Yorkshire Wildlife Park 

Roar and Snore at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

One of the more budget-friendly options, Yorkshire Wildlife Park allow you to bring your own tent on selected dates in the summer as part of their 'Roar and Snore' event. 

Benefits include: 

  • A 15m x 15m pitch
  • Dedicated showers and washrooms
  • Discounted park tickets
  • Optional evening safari tours
  • Evening Pizzeria
  • Morning Breakfast Wagon
  • Hear the Lion's roar in the morning 

Port Lympne Safari Park 

Credit Port Lympne

Credit Port Lympne

Credit Port Lympne

Wow I am blown away by the range of luxurious accommodation on offer here (with a price to match - you have been warned). Guests can choose to wake up with the lions, explore the grounds with their own personal golf buggy, stay under the stars in a panoramic bubble pod and more. Find out more and book here. 

London Zoo 

10 UK Zoos Where You Can Stay Overnight  - London Zoo Lodges
Credit : London Zoo

These lodges at London Zoo are situated in the heart of the Land of the Lions and come with lots of exclusive extras including: 

  • Three exclusive after-hours tours 
  • Dinner and breakfast
  • Two day entry to London Zoo (can include Whipsnade zoo on the second day if you prefer)
  • Only 9 lodges on site. 


Whipsnade Zoo

10 UK Zoos Where You Can Stay Overnight  - Whipsnade Zoo Lodges
Credit : Whipsnade Zoo

These lookout lodges include a welcome drink, three exclusive after-hours tours of the park at sunset, after dark and the morning, two course dinner, breakfast and two day entry to the zoo (second day can be switched to London Zoo). Find out more and book here. 

You can also pitch your own tent at Whipsnade on selected dates. Your pitch includes animal tracking, a torchlit expedition around the zoo to check who is still awake, a morning tour before the zoo opens, a breakfast roll in the morning and free entry to the zoo on your day of departure. Find out more here. 


Wild Place Bristol

Credit : Wild Place Bristol


Wild Place Bristol offers the opportunity to stay overnight in their 'Camp Baboon' which offers 10 ensuite cabins with free entry to the Wild Place project. Find out more here. 


Drayton Manor




Drayton Manor offer a couple of options including their on-site hotel, camping/touring at their very own camping and caravanning site or staying with ReadyCamp which as you know, we are huge fans of. 


If you are looking for a budget hotel, this one is just a 10 minute drive from Drayton Manor and rooms are available from £29.


Flamingoland 

There are a few different options for staying on-site at the Flamingoland Resort which is kind of like a holiday park. You can stay in a lodge or caravan or bring your own tent / tourer. Find out more here. 

Check out Nomipalony's video tour below which will give you an idea of what to expect: 



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  1. Thanks so much for including our video tour of flamingoland. We are hoping to get back there this year!

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