The Zoo is open every day of the year except Christmas Day, from 10am. Closing time varies throughout the year; see zoo's website for details. Last admission is 45 minutes before closing
Children (3 to 15)
Children under 3
Senior Citizens & Students
Carer for disabled adult/child
Family ticket (2 + 2)
Family ticket (2 + 3)
These prices include entry to both Zoo and Dinosaur Safari.
Discounted tickets available online from zoo's website.
Season Tickets and group rates also available; see zoo's website for details.
Situated just 2 miles from the seafront, Blackpool Zoo houses more than 1500 exotic animals from over 400 species, including lions, tigers, elephants, gorillas, orang utans, kangaroos, sea lions, and many exotic birds and reptiles to name but a few. All of this is set in 32 acres of mature parkland with several lakes.
The star attraction has to be Gorilla Mountain, where you can have a close encounter with these wonderful rare animals. Lemur Wood is a walk-through enclosure where you can get nose-to-nose with these enchanting creatures. Other highlights include the elephant and reptile house, which houses four female Asian elephants and a host of snakes, spiders and other reptiles and creepy crawlies.
For the children, there is a special Children's Zoo with friendly domestic animals to meet and feed, together with two outdoor play areas, specially placed near the orang utans so that they can try to mimic the climbing skills of these wonderful animals. There is also an indoor soft play area for the really little ones.
New in 2006, Amazonia is a walk-through enclosure topped by a steel mesh dome and housing 5 species of monkey, agouti, and a variety of birds, all from South America.
Opened in 2005, the Dinosaur Safari is another major attraction. Here you can see around 30 life-size replicas of prehistoric creatures, such as tyrannosaurus rex and pterodactyls. These are all set among a spectacular outdoor recreation of the prehistoric world with authentic living plants, an erupting volcano, spouting water geysers, and a smouldering meteorite. The special effects include sounds and horrible smells, and spectacular lighting for after dark viewing. Special lightshows are held Friday and Saturday evenings during October.
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£2.50 per day
Large self service café with licensed bar (closed during winter months)
Costa Coffee Shop (also licensed)
During the season there are also ice-cream and snack kiosks and BBQ's open around the park
Aardvark's Adventures play barn.
Two outdoor play areas
Soft play area
Baby changing facilities
Wheelchairs are loaned free of charge on request from reception
No dogs allowed. Guides can be arranged for blind or partially sighted visitors. Guide Dogs cannot be taken into the Zoo, but will be well looked after by Zoo staff. Please phone 01253 830801 for further details.
Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Invertebrates
Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.
Gorillas, Orang-Utans, large families of other rare primates, Lions, Tigers, Elephants
Pengiun Pool, with elevated viewing platform and underwater viewing windows.
Keeper for the Day
How To Get There:
Turn onto M55 at junction 32, then follow it to junction 4, where it becomes the A5230. Following the signs to the zoo, turn right onto A583, then right again after about 2 miles onto the A587. Blackpool Zoo will then be on the right after about 1 mile.
Follow the A587 south through Cleveleys and into Blackpool. Stay on the A587, and Blackpool Zoo will be on your left, just after a hospital, also on your left.
From Lytham St. Anne's:
Follow the A584 north along the sea front. Continue past Blackpool Airport and onto Blackpool South Shore sea front (still A584). Continue past the Pleasure Beach and South Pier, then turn right onto A5073. Continue to junction with A583 and A587. Turn left onto A587, and Blackpool Zoo will be on the right after about 1 mile.
Alternatively, just past Blackool Airport, turn right onto A5230 and follow it to M55 junction 4. Then follow the directions given above (from M6)
By Public Transport
Blackpool Transport service no. 20 runs from the Tower daily from Spring Bank Holiday until 7 November, also during Easter and May Day.
Blackpool South Station is about 2 miles from the zoo, and plenty of taxis are usually available. Blackpool North Station is a short walk from the Tower, from where the bus service described above runs to the zoo. See www.thetrainline.com/ for timetable and ticket information.
Data on this page last updated: Apr 13 2014