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Best UK zoos and safari parks

Natalie Gomez
7th March 2016

A trip to the zoo is a timeless adventure for families and the UK has plenty of beautiful zoos and safari parks for kids to fall in love with. We’ve rounded up our favourites, which have conservation and education at the forefront of all they do – what more could you ask for?

Family watching giraffe at zoo

1/7 Blair Drummond Safari Park, Scotland

With wildlife reserves, an adventure park and oodles of attractions, you’ll find fun for all the family at Blair Drummond. Much more than a tourist attraction, this safari park is a unique space used to inspire, educate and energise kids and adults.

With a primary role of conservation, Blair Drummond recognises that habitats in this country are just as fragile as exotic ones, which is why they ensure their grounds are maintained and looked after to allow plants and animals to flourish.

Blair Drummond is home to over 30 different species, with a mix of the usual suspects and a few unexpected animals like shetland ponies, wallaby, otters, bison and camels – you’re guaranteed to go cooing and awing all day.

Your park ticket includes unlimited use of the park as well as so much more. You and the kids will have access to animal presentations, ‘meet the keeper’ talks, a boat safari around chimp island, wildlife reserves, petting farm, pedal boats, adventure play area for the kids and free car parking.

No doubt after a few hours of exploring, you’ll all start to feel those hunger pangs. There are plenty of tasty options to sink your teeth into. You’ll find bbqs, an on-site restaurant, two snack bars, doughnut stalls, sweet shops and of course, no park would be complete without an ice-cream stand.

The park also has a lockable kennel for just £1, so no need to leave the pooch at home.

Price: Adult £16.50, child (three-14) £13.50 and children under three go free.

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