Animal Parks and Zoos in and around High Wycombe

High Wycombe is within easy reach of London by train or car and there is plenty of accommodation in high wycombe for anyone wanting to visit the capital. However, this Buckinghamshire town is also a good base to explore several area zoos and animal parks.

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Whipsnade Zoo and Beale Park


About 20 miles from High Wycombe is Whipsnade Zoo, the largest in the UK. It's home to almost 4,000 animals and covers around 600 acres. Highlights of a visit here include daily animal shows and talks, many of which are aimed at children, and a steam train that takes visitors around the grounds for a unique view of the wildlife. Along with London Zoo, it's owned by the London Zoological Society, an organization dedicated to animal conservation. A little further away is Beale Park, near Reading in Berkshire. Over 20 species of animals can be seen in the beautifully landscaped grounds, including monkeys, deer, wallabies, several owl species and lemurs. The park also boasts an aerial cableway, adventure playground and miles of walking trails as well as several lakes. For the kids, the park is also home to a collection of model boats, a miniature train ride and an exhibition of old fashioned toys.


Warburg Nature Reserve and Woburn Safari Park


Just under 15 miles from High Wycombe is Warburg nature reserve, an ideal place to enjoy stunning scenery, as well as perhaps spot badgers, weasels, lizards and snakes. The reserve is also well known for its several species of rare butterflies that make their home here, as well as over 800 types of fungi. Several well marked trails wind through the countryside and bird hides allow for better observation of the many bird species that can be seen here. Although it's about 50 miles from High Wycombe to Woburn Safari Park, the park can easily be reached by rail and road and makes for an enjoyable day out. Woburn is one of the UK's most well known places to see animals and you can drive through herds of lions, tigers and bears. Other animal highlights at Woburn include the penguins and sea lions, and the park has a wide selection of educational programmes and talks, as well as an emphasis on conservation.


Of course, another nearby zoo is the London Zoo at Regent's Park, one of the country's oldest and largest, and can be easily combined with a visit to other nearby London attractions.