Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

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Battersea Park Zoo is home to many animals, with plenty to see on a day trip: reptiles, monkeys, birds, meerkats, otters, petting farm, donkeys and some more exotic animals. There is also a children’s play area where ‘children can test their skills as they climb, balance, swing and build’. The zoo also offers a life size fire engine to climb on, sand pit area and a digging area with mini mechanical diggers to operate.

MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:

There is enough in this small zoo for a whole day out. We particularly liked the talking parrots and meerkats where there is a small tunnel to crawl through and you can pop out under the meerkat enclosure in a bubble viewing window which is particularly fun at feeding time. There is plenty to do in the playground/ play area. We love the sunken trampolines! The cafe is good and not too overpriced but beware the ride on cars, etc. which are directly outside the cafe and are all additional costs. There is a little gift shop with the usual ‘zoo related items’- stationary, stuffed animals etc – but I have seen sweet books and toys there which are good for gifts. Keep an eye out for holiday activities, the Easter Egg hunt is good and there are often special events at no extra cost.

Review by Anna Townsend.

The zoo is for younger children (we had teens) – there is a selection of monkeys, otters, chinchilla and smaller animals, birds, insects etc. Not really a zoo, but good for younger children to see some animals. A good play area, cafe, toilets and shop. Fairly expensive for what it was so was glad to have 2-4-1 tickets. After the zoo we visited the park and took pedalos on the lake. A lovely place to visit but The zoo is really suitable for under 10s as my teens were a bit bored!

Review by Nicola Warran

Address: Battersea Park, Chelsea Embankment, London SW11 4NJ.

Website: www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk

Playground: Yes, with lots to play on for children from toddlers to older children.

Cafe: Yes, with kids ‘mix and match’ packed lunch choices, paninis and coffee.

Toilets: Yes, wheelchair accessible and with baby change.

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, wheelchair and pram accessible. There is both ramp and stair access to the main entrance and the zoo is mostly level with ramps to access higher zones and the cafe.

Parking: (from the website) ‘Battersea Park is on the south side of the river Thames, between Albert Bridge and Chelsea Bridge. There are a number of car parks in the park, all pay and display. The roads around the park are generally for residents only with a few pay and display bays’.

Nearest station:

Train: Battersea Park / Queenstown Road.

DLR: No.

Tube: Battersea Park/ Sloane Square.

Bus: 19, 44, 49,137,156,170, 239, 314, 319, 344, 345, 452 all pass near to the Zoo.

Phone: 020 7924 5826.

Email: [email protected]

ABOUT:

The Zoo costs £8.95 adults, £6.95 two to 15 years and under twos FREE.

Review by Anna Townsend.

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