This zoo is famous for 3 things: 1st, they have the only koala in the United Kingdom, 2nd by the number of penguins that they have, and 3rd by the foundation Budongo. For me, the best by far is the location because this zoo is a natural hill, which means that sometimes we are at the top of a hill or between the trees of a forest. Of the animals i recommend you go and see the tiger (which is missing an eye). For me there is a problem, animals have a habitat to rest and shelter from the weather, that are open and inaccessible during the time of visit, so that we find ourselves in a plot with a lovely sign that indicates that there should be a leopard. Great fun for kids, for adults recommend others as the Highland Wildlife Park, near Avimore.
I was only visiting London for three days but I wanted to make a stop at the London Zoo. It's huge so we spent almost an entire day there but it was a lot of fun. There are paths you can follow in order to see everything and the time just flies by. The Zoo is home to hundreds of species of animals, some of which I had never seen before (like penguins). The park is divided into different zones. There is one dedicated to cats, one to small mammals, there is an aquarium (which we did not go to since we had already visited the one in front of the London Eye, which was also beautiful), an area of reptiles and one for chimpanzees. Do not miss the close encounter with the gorillas (it is so clear that we come from them when you see them up close!) and the monkeys that say hello with their hands. In short, it is a great place to go with children for a day.
You can start your visit to the park in your car, and admire the free-roaming deer and bison. And once you've parked, you take the footpath to see various (caged) species like arctic fox, wolf, red panda, eagle, lynx, owl, and baboons to name a few. We even saw a tiger, not an animal we expected in Scotland! I preferred the first part, while the second was more like a zoo than a park. I felt a bit sorry for the animals who are forced to live their lives in cages. The ticket price is around £ 8.
On the outskirts of Chester, northwest England, Chester Zoo was declared in 2007 the best tourist attraction with more than a million visitors annually. It has over 422 species of animals and in total almost 5,000 animals. Distributed over 1.6 km2, the zoo is traversed on foot on well marked trails but there's also a mono-rail and water bus, although these don't work year-round and don't cover the entire facility. The zoo also has aquarium, with nearly 4,000 fish of 80 different species, children's play areas, fantasy makeup workshop, kiosks, gardens, etc. Inside the zoo there are several restaurants and ice cream parlors. You can bring food from outside and there are several picnic areas that are very nicely fitted with tables and wooden chairs. Unlike other zoos and theme parks, the food here is more affordable than outside, there are different fast food menus for less than 6 pounds. If you plan to go by train from a nearby city, you can buy a combined ticket and the train is practically given away (plus you can avoid long lines in summer). Prices vary by season but are about £ 13.00 for adults and £ 9.00 children. However, I recommend you check the price on the website, as there are special family tickets for £ 45.00, plus free admission days and other discounts.
A 32 hectare park in the middle of the Isle of Dogs, this is a nice place to go to enjoy nature and the animals that live here near the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of London.
This is a mixture of an art shop and art gallery. The art exhibitions are usually raw and aggressive, mixing references and visual materials. Do not forget to visit the facilities in the basement. Not ideal for sensitive stomachs.
Blairdrummond, just outside the city of Stirling, was land that belonged to a local landowning family and over time it has been used to build this park zoo, one of the most famous and important Scotland. On sunny days it's best to be patient because it won't be easy to get in and you have to wait. Once inside it's worth it with attractions, shopping, dining and several circuits to see different animals: the farm, the wild, the water with different routes, some by boat, some on foot and others in your car. It has lions, rabbits, tigers, elephants, pigs, horses and penguins (to name a few) people usually call attention to the kangaroo colony that approach visitors and then leave jumping. This is an attraction for the whole day and to eat out in the evening. Due to the large tracts of land, many prepare food at home and picnic there, if it's feasible. The entry is not a gift, but it's really worth it especially if going with children, they'll have a great time.
Going towards England Edinburgh East Coast, in the city of Dunbar we can find a farm that was made into a family park that is one of the natural amusement parks in Scotland. It is a farm park, so the most "wild" animal is a a Shetland pony, or a pig. we see people complaining because they have not seen a lion. Very family orientated park with kids but one can go without them: picnic, restaurant, cafeteria, playground, parks, attractions for children and the like. However, we must point out several issues that I believe are important. The first is an explanation of how a farm and its role in our society, the second a curious way of looking at the different animals through a kind of giant pedal car with seating for four, it sounds silly but in the end the biggest we had almost better than children (a good way to exercise from which we realize the next morning with the corresponding pains, pulls and other ailments), and finally a train ... teaches us everything but from within and from where we can almost touch deer and llamas (which you can feed). Essential to check the weather in advance because in that part of Scotland the wind can be bad. But with a good day, it is an option that is different.
In Blue Reef Aquarium can walk by the sea, between 250,000 liters of water. You'll see all forms of marine life, looking at these creatures living in their natural habitat. It is a real home for marine life.
Just below the Forth Bridge, north of Edinburgh in North Queensferry, this aquarium is interesting to learn more about marine life in the area. However, having visited similar ones in the UK, this one in eastern Scotland is rather small for the price you pay to enter. The most famous and impressive in the UK, the one in Blackpool has more sharks and is larger and better organized. This is a good place to visit if you are in the area, it is always good to know of its existence.
Bristol Zoo was founded in 1836. Its gardens are focused on conservation and animal growth. It has been home to a high number of animal reproductions, highlighting their preservation work and care of endangered species.