Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire

Bucket list‘Visit Twycross Zoo’ = completed. Also this is part of our ‘Visit at least 10 different zoos’ = ongoing

We recently had a really busy fun filled day out to Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire. There was so much to see and do there. I’ve created a check list for your day out of the Top 15 things to do at Twycross Zoo. I hope you are inspired to visit soon. Twycross do some fantastic conservation work. I will tell you more about the zoo and include important information at the bottom of my review.

Growing up in Derbyshire I have fond memories of Twycross and my Mum and I were keen to see how it had changed since the early 1980’s. Neither of us really remembered the zoo. There seems to be a lot of recent and ongoing regeneration with new enclosures being built. Jamie is completely animal mad so he was beside himself with excitement. He was a little impatient during our drive from Lincolnshire but we arrived in good spirits. Twycross is our nearest wildlife attraction to see elephants.

Twycross Zoo review

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Main entrance to the Zoo.

You don’t have to wait to pay to use the facilities. Luckily they are near the main entrance, eating area, shop and soft play. All these things can be accessed before paying to visit the zoo, the soft play has an extra cost. This was great for us after our long journey.

So what is my Top 15 list of things to see and do at Twycross?

#1 – See the Asian Elephants

I am very lucky to be able to say that I’ve seen Asia elephants in the wild in Sri Lanka. These beautiful animals are endangered and in great need of being cared for in the wild and in zoos etc. In the past I have seen them being kept in far too small enclosures. We were all very impressed with all the space that they have at Twycross. Mum especially was amazed at how their enclosure went on and on. They were able to move freely and Jamie named the elephants as one of his top 2 favourite things to see of the day. This photo is of their youngest and very cheeky elephant.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Asian Elephants
Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
They have some lovely Asian statues around the elephant enclosure

#2 Follow the Giraffes

Their enclosure is equally as impressive as the elephants. It is of a really good size for them and there’s a couple of places you can stand and watch them. We followed one into their very large indoor enclosure. It was nice to see them not behind an actual fence. They truly are magnificent animals and it was great to see them being treated as such.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
It was nice to be able to get so close to these amazing animals.

#3 Play in the splash park

Did you know that Twycross zoo has a Wet ‘n’ Wild play area? What a great splash park it looks too. It was too cold for Jamie to venture over to play in but it looked really good fun and certainly something we’d return to do. They have full changing facilities – just don’t forget the towel. You can see from the photo that the adults can rest while the kids play.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Wet ‘n’ Wild play area

#4 See the hairless Chimpanzee

We had been stood for ages just watching the chimpanzees. They were fascinating to watch and so human in their behaviours, especially sharing food.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Sharing is caring

Then all of a sudden out popped a hairless chimpanzee. It was the oddest yet most fascinating thing I’d seen in a long time. I didn’t even know they could end up bald like us too.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
I didn’t know they had a hairless chimpanzee

#5 Spot the ants on the rope

Jamie found these ants walking along a rope in a place we really weren’t expecting to see a trail of ants. I’m not going to tell you where he spotted them! The challenge is on for you to find them and report back to me.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Can you find the ants on the rope?

#6 Discover the love of straw

In nearly every primate enclosure we looked at there were monkeys of all types moving around straw. They loved it. We watched them for ages moving it about, sitting with great big piles of it and even putting it on their heads. They simply love the stuff!

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
A love for straw

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire

#7 Get up close to a Lemur…but don’t touch

Lemur’s are my favourite animal. I love them! They are not only incredibly cute but they are so loving to each other. You will often see them all cuddled up and to see one sunbathing is entertainment in itself. The zoo has a feeding time for the Lemurs and we popped on over just after this to be sure that the Lemurs were in their main outside enclosure. We found this little fella on the path and spent rather a long time photographing him. He was making the cutest of noises.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Lemur spotting

#8 Feed a Lorikeet

This isn’t something you can do all year round as sometimes these birds don’t feed. I have been informed that the best time is in the morning so I was keen to pop to see them before lunch.

We bought a pot of food for them for £1 and in we went. Jamie was really keen to hold the container. The lady supervising was really good with him and she’d obviously had lots of kids drop the container when they birds land on them. Jamie was totally not bothered and was clearly in his element having them sit on his arm. We all had one on our heads at one point too.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Feeding a Lorikeet

#9 Play on the train in the picnic area

Plenty of opportunity for role playing here.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire

#10 Play in the playground

Situated between the butterfly house and the farm is a couple of playgrounds with something for all ages. Jamie loved the slide here, especially as it was easy to get to. There’s a nice area in the middle for adults to chill out and have a rest.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Playing in the playground

#11 Watch the swinging Gibbons

Gibbon forest must be one of the zoos most recent additions. It smells and looks very new. Both the inside and outside areas for them are full of places to swing. Jamie was totally fascinated at how they could swing from place to place. He just couldn’t figure out how they could get about until he watched them do it.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Gibbon Forest

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire

#12 Visit the Butterfly forest

It was soooo warm in here. We spotted quite a few butterflies flying around freely in here. The star of the show was the Victoria crowned pigeon. It was just wandering around right next to us.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
The Butterfly forest – There were many of these handy signposts around the park
Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Would you believe this is a pigeon
Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
One of the beautiful butterflies. As their wings shut when they are resting you never truly appreciate their beauty until they fly around

#13 Visit the farm

There’s quite a few animals to see over at the farm. There’s donkeys, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and more. For Jamie the highlight was the goat walkthrough. All he wanted to do was stroke a goat, never mind the rest. So stroke a goat he did. He could have stayed for ages!

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Stroking a goat
Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Entrance to the farm/ Pets at Twycross

#14 Spot the snow leopard

The snow leopard’s enclosure is right next to one of the cafes (Costa coffee) in the entrance hall. We had already sat here for some time in the morning with a drink and a slice of cake but no snow leopard was to be seen. In fact it’s enclosure is so rich with vegetation I was wondering if they were having us on. At the end of our day we sat down with a drink and an ice cream. Still no snow leopard to be seen. But then after about 5 minutes who appeared? It looked like it had been asleep all day but it climbed up onto the wall to sunbathe and gave me a great photo opportunity.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
The snow leopard

#15 Take advantage of a photo opportunity

There’s quite a few photo opportunities around the zoo. See how many you can spot. This was Jamie’s favourite. He wanted to climb back on as soon as he was off!

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire
Photo Opportunity

Here’s some more photos from our day out to Tycross zoo

One of the many informative signs
Giant Tortoises

 

Important information

Twycross zoo is a fairly large zoo located in Leicestershire, east midlands. You can pre book your tickets in advance online at a discounted price. You can also visit after 5pm for just £5. Without gift aid our admission on the day would have been £16.80 for an adult, £12.48 for a 3-16 year old and £14.68 for Mum as a concession. It is on the more expensive side for a day out for us however this is a large zoo and I feel the price is justified. They have a lot of expenses!. On the day admittance is charged at £19.45 for an adult, £14.45 for a child etc. Children under 3 can visit for free.

Soft play was charged at an additional cost and children with annual passes were charged less than general admittance. £4.50 for 3-12 year olds and just £2 for pass holders. There is a lot of seating in this area and a couple of options for food. This is a photo of their restaurant below. You get 10% off if you eat here with an annual pass. For further information please click here.

They also have animal encounters, events, keeper experiences and animal adoption packages.

Term time tip

We visited the zoo on a Thursday during term time. Mostly because we were looking to avoid the crowds. There was actually countless school trips there. It’s great that so many kids come to the zoo but it was all very over whelming for my 3 year old. I am sure it’s not always that busy mid week with school kids and we must have been unlucky.

Why am I mentioning this? The school groups headed right when they arrived and without thinking so did we. I forgot my number one rule which is to head left when you go somewhere to try and avoid the crowds. If you are visiting term time in the week head the opposite way to them all and get to the picnic benches early. The zoo is reasonably large in size and we had many lovely quiet moments watching the animals just by timing things well and hanging back.

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Disclosure – We were gifted our tickets in exchange for an honest review. All words and photos are my own and must not be reproduced without my permission.

Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire

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14 comments

  1. We are planning on being at Twycross Zoo this weekend, and I’m really looking forward to it! I’m really excited about seeing the elephants, and I hear they have gorillas too? They’re a favourite with my family!

  2. Loved your avoiding the crowd tip at the end, that’s a great idea. I read it thinking you had a nice quiet day thanks to your gorgeous photos! It looks like you had a fun day out, and there are lots of great tips there to help future visitors! 🙂
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  3. Love the photo of the giraffe, it’s beautiful. I really like the sounded of the zoo and I’m glad the enclosures were impressive in terms of their size. It really upsets me to see enclosures that are far too small for the animals. No zoo should be like that.

  4. So many lovely things to do! I remember feeding lorikeets when my kids were small and we loved it, but I think I’d love to see the hairless chimpanzee the most.

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