Banham Zoo

The Grove, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE

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Opening Times

Open daily from 9:30am (except Christmas and Boxing Days). Closing times vary with the seasons:

Winter: 4:00pm

Spring/Autumn: 5:00pm

Summer: 6:00pm

Last admission is normally 1 hour before closing; see zoo's website for latest information and when each season applies.

Admission Prices





Reduced prices apply in winter. See zoo's website for full details of concessions and the latest prices.


Banham Zoo is an award winning family attraction and one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the country with over 2000 animals from around the world in almost 50 acres of parks and gardens.

Throughout the day there are plenty of activities to thrill and entertain families, including daily Animal Feeding Talks and Displays, one of the most exciting Birds of Prey displays in the UK, the incredible 'Giraffe House and Zarafa Heights', 'Province of the Snow Cat', live `Amazing Animals' presentations and interactive activities in the Education Centre.

Come and see their newest development: 'Penguin Cove', an enlarged and enhanced enclosure for the colony of penguins at the zoo.

As well as all the wonderful things to see and do the zoo offers an excellent choice of eating facilities, a fantastic gift shop, free car parking, disabled facilities and much more.

Official Website

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Car Park

Free, located right by the entrance


Food Hall
Snack Shacks
Southern Fried Chicken Bar
Picnic Area

For Kids

Baby changing facilities
Soft Play area (under 5's)
Activities and education centre.

Special Needs

All exhibits are accessible by wheelchair and disabled toilets are available throughout the zoo


No dogs or pets allowed in the Zoo - guide dogs are also not allowed.


Animal Collections

Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, 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.

Star Animals

Amur (Siberian) Tigers, Snow and Sri Lankan Leopards, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Monkeys, Lemurs, Tamarins, and Marmosets

Special Attractions

Giraffe House with Zarafa heights walkway allowing visitors to come face-to-face with the Giraffes. Also Giraffe Experience - join a keeper on the feeding platform and feed the Giraffes by hand. Places limited - book at zoo reception on the day.

Penguin Cove

Province of the Snow Cat

Amazing Animals presentation
Birds of Prey flying display (Easter to September)
Feeding talks.

Other Attractions

Safari Road Train (free)
Farm Barn
Activities & Education Centre
Heritage Stables
Gift Shop, adjacent award-winning camping site, with full facilities.

How To Get There:

By Car

Banham Zoo is located near the small village of Banham, between Norwich and Bury St. Edmonds. It signposted off the A11 (Norwich - Newmarket) and A140 (Norwich - Ipswich) roads - follow the brown tourist signs. Note: if our directions below differ from the tourist signs, follow the signs, not our directions.

From Norwich:

Follow the A11 towards Thetford. Follow the signs to Banham Zoo to turn left into and through the village of Attleborough, and onto the B1077 towards Diss. After passing through Old Buckenham, follow the tourist signs to the zoo to turn right. Continue to follow the signs along the minor roads to the zoo.

From Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft:

Follow the A143 (initially A146 from Lowestoft) towards Bury St. Edmonds. At Scole, briefly turn right onto A140 (Norwich) then left onto A1066 towards Thetford.

If signposted by signs to the zoo to do so, turn right into Diss, and continue onto B1077 towards Attleborough. After passing through the village of Short Green, turn left onto minor road to Banham. The zoo will be on the left shortly after passing through Banham village.

Alternatively, you may be signposted to continue on the A1066 towards Thetford. Continue to the village of Garboldisham, then turn right onto B1111 towards East Harling. After about 2/3 mile, turn right onto unclassified road towards Kenninghall. Continue through Kenninghall towards Banham village. Fork right about 1 mile beyond Kenninghall, and Banham Zoo will be on the right after about 1/2 mile, as you enter Banham village.

From Bury St. Edmonds:

Follow the A143 towards Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. In the village of Stanton, turn left onto B1111, and continue to Garboldisham. Here, turn right then left to cross the A1066 and continue on the B1111 towards East Harling. Continue to Banham Zoo as described above.

From Ipswich:

Follow the A14, then A140 towards Norwich. At Scole, turn left onto A1066 towards Thetford. Continue to follow the signs to Banham Zoo, as described above (from Gt. Yarmouth).

From Cambridge:

Follow the A14 past Newmarket and on towards Bury St. Edmonds. Then either continue on A14 into Bury St. Edmonds, and then turn left onto A143 as described above, or turn left onto A11 towards Thetford and Norwich. Continue on A11 past Thetford, then after about 6 miles, turn right onto B1111 to East Harling. Continue into East Harling, then turn left onto unclassified road to Kenninghall. As you enter Kenninghall, turn right then left and continue through Kenninghall village. After about a further 1 mile, fork right towards Banham village. Banham Zoo will then be on the right after about 1/2 mile, as you enter Banham village.

Data on this page last updated: Aug 25 2015

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