Twycross Zoo, Atherstone

A fantastic wildlife centre with lots for families to do!

Located around 30 minutes drive from the centre of Birmingham is a wildlife oasis, education and conservation centre where you can meet all sorts of creatures great and small.

Twycross Zoo in Atherstone is home to around 500 animals including mammals, reptiles and birds, and they are a renowned World Primate Centre. There is also plenty for families including play areas, a Kids Club and plenty of special events. If you haven’t paid a visit, here is what is on for families at Twycross Zoo.

Image: Twycross Zoo Facebook page

Meet the animals

  • Over 500 animals and 125 different species including giraffes, penguins, meerkats and leopards.
  • Household pets including goats, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets, plus alpacas and donkeys.
  • Other animals include chimpanzees, giraffes, meerkats and the Northern White-Cheeked Gibbon.
  • Also houses a large range of birds, including lorikeets, which you can hand feed!

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    Butterfly Forest

  • Twycross Zoo has a fantastic, 576m2 tropical butterfly exhibit which you can wander through and gaze at these beautiful little creatures.
  • Provides a fascinating insight into the life of the butterfly, and how it evolves from egg, to pupae, to caterpillar and butterfly.

  • Learn about conservation

  • Twycross zoo is involved in various conservation projects and research, which you can read about here .
  • The zoo also has a number of recycling and sustainability projects on the go, including Conservation in Action , in which you can help support sustainable practices!
  • Simply bring along your own coffee cup or purchase a reusable cup or slush cup and you can help the zoo in these sustainability efforts.

  • Soft play and outdoor play

  • A jungle-themed soft play area with four levels to explore!
  • There are separate sections for babies, toddlers and children aged 5 and over.
  • Suitable for children under 12 and under 148cm in height.
  • The soft play is open daily between 10am to 5pm with the last admission at 4:30pm.
  • £5 for all children aged 12 months and over, and £2 for Twycross Zoo members.
  • You don’t have to enter the zoo to visit the soft play area.
  • The zoo also has an outdoor play area.

  • Image: Twycross Zoo Facebook page

    Safari cars

  • Safari cars are available for children aged 3 to 10 years.
  • The kids can take the wheel while parents and carers control the brakes from the back!
  • Available weekdays from 10:30am to 3pm and weekends 10am to 5:30pm.
  • Fees are from £5 over car.

  • Twycross Zoo Facebook page

    Wet ’n’ Wild Park

  • The Wet ’n’ Wild play area is open from Spring.
  • It is a great place for the kids to cool down on a hot summer day!
  • Food outlets located close by.

  • Family Events

  • The zoo runs a number of events during the year, including Halloween and Christmas.
  • Special events include the Great Brick Safari, which will run until early January 2019.

  • Image: Twycross Zoo Facebook page

    Food and drink

  • Twycross Zoo has plenty of places to eat and drink.
  • Options include The Vines Restaurant, Vine Cafe, The Catch Fish Bar, Explorer Coffee House and various kiosks selling sweet treats and drinks.

  • For more fantastic family friendly places to visit in the Midlands, read on here .

    Essential Information
    Norton Grange, Norton-Juxta-Twycross, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX
    0844 474 1777

    Cost: Adults £21.95, children £16.95, concessions £19.50 - prices include voluntary donation. You can get a 10% discount when you book online. Children under 2 years are free.

    Open: Open every day 10am to 5pm, except Christmas Day

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