Linton is open daily except Christmas and Boxing Days or as below, with last admissions being 1 hour before closing:
1 April - 24 May: 10:00am - 5:00pm
25 May - 8 Sept: 10:00am - 6:00pm
9 Sept - 26 Oct: 10:30am - 5:00pm
27 Oct - 17 Nov: 10:30am - 4:00pm
18 Nov - 3 Feb: 10:30am - 4:00pm weekends only except around Christmas/New Year
Child (2 - 13)
Under 2 years
Season tickets and group rates also available; see zoo's website for details.
Linton Zoo is set in 16 acres of beautiful gardens and evolved out of the Simmons' family love, interest and concern for the wildlife of the world. Linton Zoo was established in 1972 as a centre for breeding wildlife which is still the Zoo's main objective today along with conservation. Linton Zoo is home to around 250 animals from nearly 100 different species. This includes a fine collection of big cats, with Snow, Black and African Leopards, African Lions, and Amur Tigers. Some of the enclosures have viewing windows rather than bars, to allow you to get even closer to the animals. The Lemur breeding centre, which houses seven different rare Lemur species, also features a visitor walk-through area. Another unusual feature of Linton Zoo's animal collection is several species of tortoise, including two giant species.
At weekends and during school holidays there are usually also a variety of special organised activities and events, such as animal encounter and feeding and keeper talk sessions.
The gardens have been specially landscaped to create a more natural environment for the animals. Over 10,000 bedding plants are put in every year and attract thousands of butterflies in the summer and breed on the wild plants which are left especially for them. There are interesting trees and shrubs which catch the eyes of even the non-botanically minded visitors. There are also plenty of picnic areas, a coffee shop, and a play area for the children.
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Coffee shop and several picnic areas
Children's play area, (activities for children are scheduled for weekends and school holiday periods - see Linton Zoo's main website for details (linked above)).
Most areas of the zoo is accessible for people using wheelchairs. Pathways are mainly grass or gravel and the zoo is set on a slight incline and therefore the zoo does not recommend motorized mobility vehicles and some surfaces are uneven.
No dogs or pets allowed, including guide and assistance dogs.
Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, 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.
Lions, Amur Tigers, African, Snow and Black Leopards, Binturongs, Lemurs, Giant Tortoises, Cotton-top Tamarins, Tapirs, Tarantulas and many, many more.
Animal talks at weekends and during school holidays, gardens, giant tree ferns, turtle ark.
Gift shop, Scheduled activities - see zoo's website for details, animal sponsorship and keeper experience days.
How To Get There:
Linton Zoo is situated on the edge of the village of Linton, 10 miles south east of Cambridge on the A1307 Cambridge to Colchester road.
Take the A1307 south east towards Haverhill and Colchester. In Linton, turn right onto the B1052 towards Saffron Walden. Linton Zoo will then be a short distance on your right.
Follow the M11 north towards Cambridge. At junction 9, continue onto the A11, towards Newmarket. At the junction with the A1307, turn right onto the A1307 towards Haverhill, and continue into Linton. Turn right onto the B1052 towards Saffron Walden. Linton Zoo will then be a short distance on your right.
From the Midlands (and M1 / M6):
Take the M6 or M1 to junction 19 of the M1 (where the M6 starts). Take the A14 east and continue past Kettering and Huntingdon to Cambridge. Continue south onto the M11, to junction 10. Turn left onto the A505 towards Newmarket. Continue onto the A11, then turn right onto the A1307 towards Haverhill. In Linton, turn right onto the B1052 towards Saffron Walden. Linton Zoo will then be a short distance on your right.
Follow the A11 south west past Thetford and towards Newmarket. Join the A14 and continue south west past Newmarket towards Cambridge. Fork left back onto the A11 towards Bishop's Stortford and London. Continue to the junction with the A1307, then turn left towards Haverhill. In Linton, turn right onto the B1052 towards Saffron Walden. Linton Zoo will then be a short distance on your right.
Take the A1124 north west towards Cambridge. Continue through Halstead, then turn right onto the A1017 and continue past Haverhill. Turn left onto the A1307 towards Cambridge. In Linton, turn left onto the B1052 towards Saffron Walden. Linton Zoo will then be a short distance on your right.
By Public Transport
Stagecoach service 13 or 13A from Cambridge Drummer Street to Haverhill. Ask for Linton Police Station stop, the zoo is then a 10 minute walk; follow the brown and white zoo signs. Telephone 01223 423578 for Stagecoach timetable information.
Data on this page last updated: Apr 13 2014