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Blackpool Zoo


Blackpool Zoo
East Park Drive


Who doesn’t love a zoo? The millions of visitors passing through Blackpool Zoo every year certainly do and having been around for 50 years, this extremely popular attraction is certain to still prove a hit in the years ahead.

What makes Blackpool Zoo one of the best in the country? Simple. Here you will get the closest encounters with the animals, friendly, approachable and knowledgable staff, excellent facilities and an attraction which truly is fun for all the family. At Blackpool you will see the only gorillas in the north-west of England and an amazing sea lion display, while you can see over 1000 different animals here in 37 acres of beautiful parkland. From aardvarks to elephants, camels to giraffes, they’re all here waiting for you.

This is an attraction that the whole family can enjoy all day long, however if you are planning a whole day visit it is vital than you plan carefully for your food and drink. In this regard, Blackpool Zoo is very well equipped and visitors can enjoy the excellent Lake View Cafe which offers a range of hot and cold snacks such as salads, burgers, pizzas, chips, hot dogs and of course, ice cream. New for 2022, the cafe will also be offering a Subway sandwich shop and this will be the first ever at a UK zoo.

Visitors can also enjoy a range of other food and drink options such as Starbucks and the Nawala Street Food Asian outlet. Various ice cream kiosks are also available around the park and there are picnic tables aplenty for those who wish to bring their own snacks and drink.

Blackpool Zoo is open throughout the year although admission times vary between the winter and summer months. In January to March inclusive, the Zoo is open between 10am and 4:45pm each day, however from 1st April to 6th November the park stays open from 10am to 5:45pm. In November and December the zoo if open from 10:00 to 3:45pm.


Blackpool Zoo is roughly two miles from Blackpool Pleasure Beach in an area of town known as Stanley Park. This is directly to the east of the town centre and although walkable, those with small children should seek alternative transport.

Regular buses connect Blackpool Zoo with the town centre while the closest railway station (Layton) is a 30 minute walk away. Trains operate to this station from Blackpool North. There is ample car parking at the zoo for those travelling by car (charge £3) and a taxi will cost roughly £9 each direction.

Blackpool Zoo contains many different species and in order to enjoy the whole experience you should stay at least four hours. In order to see the Sea Lion show, aim to get there before 12 noon and stay until just before closing time in order to see the Lions and Tigers being fed.

Ticket prices for Blackpool Zoo are currently £19.99 per adult and £15.50 for those aged between 3 and 15. A family ticket for four people costs £63.99 while a family of five is priced at £77.99

No animals are allowed into Blackpool Zoo, this rule includes guide dogs and assistance dogs.

Yes you can bring your own food and there are picnic tables around the park, however beware of hungry seagulls.