The Zoo is open every day of the year except Christmas & Boxing Days:
Summer (BST): 10.30am - 6pm
Winter (GMT): 10.30am - 4pm
Children under 3
Seniors / Disabled / Carer (each)
Special offers (e.g. discount voucher), group rates and season tickets also available; see zoo's website for details.
Set in 15 acres of parkland amidst rolling countryside known as the `Huntingdonshire Woods', Hamerton Zoological Park was opened as a conservation sanctuary in 1990. It is now home to around 500 animals from over 100 different species; some endangered, and some highly unusual and virtually unknown, being rarely seen in zoos.
The Hamerton Zoo animal collection includes Bengal Tigers, Cheetahs, several species of smaller cats, and a number of other carnivores such as Aardwolves, Maned Wolves, Mongooses and Meerkats. It also has a good selection of primate species, including Lar Gibbons, Howler Monkeys, and several species of Lemurs and Marmosets. The collection also includes a number of species rarely seen in zoos, such as Pudu, Binturong, Degu, and Viscacha. Other mammal species at Hamerton Zoo include Two-toed Sloths, Capybara, Reindeer, Wallabies (Bennett's and Parma), and several species of rare sheep.
The zoo also has a fine collection of birds, including several species of Cranes and Owls, together with Ibis, Cassowary, Seriema, Rhea and Vultures. The zoo's reptile collection includes Bearded Dragons and several species of snakes and tortoises.
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Light refreshments are available (in season) from the coffee shop. There are both outdoor and undercover picnic areas.
Children's play areas: one for babies and toddlers, and another for older children.
Mammals, Birds, Reptiles
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.
Cheetahs, Bengal Tigers, Aardwolves, Maned Wolves, Meerkats, Monkeys, Lemurs, Gibbons, Wallabies, and many more.
Specially designed enclosures with windows at child height, lemurs and gibbons indoor play-rooms, nocturnal house.
Special one-to-one animal encounter sessions, including Cheetahs, Tigers, Lemurs & reptiles, by appointment and at extra cost; see zoo's website for details.
Shop, Animal adoption.
How To Get There:
Hamerton is just 20 minutes from Peterborough, Oundle, Thrapston or Huntingdon. Follow the brown and white signs from the A1(M) junction 15 (Sawtry) or from the A14 (B660 Junction).
Take the A1(M) South to junction 15 (Sawtry). If the brown & white signs instruct you to do so, follow them through Sawtry village and along the narrow lane to Hamerton village. The Zoo will be on your left shortly before reaching Hamerton. Otherwise, double back onto the B1043 to its junction with the B660, then turn right then left onto the B660 and continue through Glatton to Great Gidding.
Alternatively, follow the B1043 South from junction 16 of the A1(M), to its junction with the B660. Turn left and left again onto the B660 and continue through Glatton to Great Gidding.
Shortly after entering Great Gidding, turn left and follow the unclassified road towards Hamerton village. The Zoo will be on your left shortly before reaching Hamerton.
From the Midlands & M6 / M1:
Follow the M6 or M1 to junction 19 of the M1 ( also the start of the M6). Then take the A14 East and continue past Kettering and Thrapston towards Huntingdon. About 5 miles after leaving Thrapston, turn left then right onto the B660 (signposted Old Weston). Continue North on the B660 through Old Weston, to the village of Winwick. Turn right onto the unclassified road to and through Hamerton village. Turn left in the centre of Hamerton (towards Great Gidding), and the zoo will be on your right shortly after leaving the village.
From London and the South:
Follow the A1 and A1(M) North to its junction with the A14 near Huntingdon. Turn left onto the A14 towards Thrapston and Kettering. After about 6 miles, turn left then right onto the B660, and continue through Old Weston, Winwick and Hamerton to the zoo, as described above (from the Midlands).
From Cambridge and the East:
Follow the A14 West past Huntingdon and the junction with the A1. After about 6 miles from the A1 junction, turn left then right onto the B660, and continue through Old Weston, Winwick and Hamerton to the zoo, as described above (from the Midlands).
Data on this page last updated: Oct 12 2014