The Best Places to Visit Penguins in the UK

Are you positively a penguin person? Are you looking to discover the best place for penguins in the UK? You don't need to travel the globe to meet and greet a colony of cute penguins; there's guaranteed to be a zoo near you where you can learn more about these wonderfully animated little creatures!

Here at the The Penguin Patrol, we have put together this comprehensive guide to the most entertaining zoos in the country, so you can plan your penguin visit with ease! We've tried to be as accurate as possible with the information here, but please do double check with the official websites for any updates to avoid any disappointment.

So, read on to check out which penguin species you can see, where you can get up close and personal with a fun penguin experience, and how you can even become an adoptive penguin parent.

Click your area to jump straight into the zoo's around you which have our favourite feathered friends :D 

North West - Yorkshire & The Humber - East Midlands - West Midlands - East of England - London - South East - South West - Scotland - Wales

 


 

North West

Chester Zoo

Website: www.chesterzoo.org
Type of Penguins:
Humboldt
Region:
North West
Address: 
Moston Rd, Upton, Chester, CH2 1EU
Penguin Experiences:
Yes
Admission Price: Adult £26.00 & Child £22.00 (on the gate)

 

Chester Zoo is jam packed with animals, with over 15,000 of the world's most exotic and endangered animals across 125 acres of award-winning gardens. 

Penguin Island is home to a colony of over 50 Humboldt penguins, and you can watch them being fed on Mondays at 2.15pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2.45pm, Friday at 3.15pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2.45pm.

Chester Zoo also has a penguin webcam, where you can watch the Humboldt colony live!

From £89 per person you can take part in a Penguin Island Encounter. Unfortunately this is currently completely SOLD OUT for 2017. You can still be a Zoo Keeper for a Day which is a full day experience, 8am - 5pm and is for over 18s.

You can also adopt a penguin for £65 and get two free tickets, your name displayed on a 'Thank You' plaque near the enclosure, a picture, adoption certificate, and a thank you letter and card, copies of their quarterly Z magazine and access to special Adopters' Days!

 

Penguins at Chester Zoo | Places to Visit Penguins in the UK

South Lakes Safari Zoo

Website: www.southlakessafarizoo.com
Type of Penguins: Humboldt Penguins
Region: North West England
Address:Melton Terrace, Lindal-in-Furness, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0LU
Opening Times: Open every day except Christmas Day. March - July: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. August: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Pricing: Adults: £5 (Until 3.9.17) Standard Price £16.50, Children under 16: Free! Annual Adult Pass: £30
Penguin Experiences: Yes. Penguin feeding is £2 per person - pay on the day. Family Animal Encounters £85 for two people, £105 for a family of four.

 

South Lakes Safari Zoo is the definitive place for penguin fans! There are so many different types of penguin encounters for you to choose from, including a quick feed, a family encounter, Keeper for the Day, and even a summer camp for kids!

At 3:30 pm daily, you can enjoy a talk from the keepers at the penguin enclosure and even pay to feed the birds! For a more up-close and personal encounter for the whole family, you can have 20 minutes with the penguins with an introduction from their keeper. The £85 cost also includes zoo admission and lunch!

Kids aged 7-13 years can become a Little Zoo Keeper for the Day. £65 allows you to help muck out the animals - including the penguins! - and ask the keepers all your questions. You also get a drink, a snack, and a souvenir t-shirt. Adults needn't miss out - become a Keeper for the Day for just £125. You get to spend the whole day shadowing one of the zoo's animal carers, helping prepare food, clean out the enclosures and lots more - you even get to choose which type of animal you want to work with! You get a morning and afternoon drink, lunch, a snack, and a memento of your day. Be prepared to don your wellies and really get stuck in!

The kids' summer camp can be a single day experience or a whole week's worth of fun - you choose! Prices start from £80 for one day, and kids get to clean out, feed and learn about the zoo's amazing animals.

Humboldt Penguins at South Lakes Safari Zoo

Humboldt Penguin at South Lakes Safari Zoo - Photo by Holly Gordon

Humboldt Penguin at South Lakes Safari Zoo - Image by Holly Gordon

 

Blackpool Zoo

Website: www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk
Type of Penguins:
Magellanic
Region:
North West
Address:
East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 8PP
Penguin Experiences:
Yes
Admission Price: Adult £17.99, Child £13.50 (On the gate) Full Price List

 

At Blackpool Zoo you can find over 1,500 animals from all over the world including Tigers, Orangutans, Lions, Giraffes and even Reindeers to birds such as Flamingos, Pelicans, and our favourite Penguins.

You can also take a ride on the miniature railway that runs through the zoo, check out the Children's Farm or have a fun game of mini golf whilst you're there.

The penguins here are Magellanic by species and are currently the only ones of their type in the UK! They originate from Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Isles where they inhabit coastal areas and steep, rocky banks. Sadly, Magellanics are now classed as near threatened as tens of thousands are lost annually to oil pollution.

You can find out more about these penguins at their weekday talk and feed at 11.30am but if you wanted to do a little bit more, Blackpool Zoo have you covered!

You can do a Penguin Encounter Mini Experience priced at £60.00 for one person or £90.00 for two people, that takes place from 11.15am - 11.45am. You will receive an Animal Experience Pack which includes a parking pass, meal voucher, guidebook, certificate, mug, key ring, pen, car sticker, badge pin, 10% discount in the shop and a special rate of £10.00 for zoo admission for an observer.

You can have a whole day of being a keeper in their Keeper For a Day Experience at £175.00 for one person or £262.50 for two people where you get to bath an elephant, feed the penguins and pelicans, become acquainted with Darwin the giant tortoise, feed the giraffes and meet a range of their large mammals, meet a sea lion and watch their display and help feed the lemurs.

Unfortunately, they have sold out of Penguin Encounter & Keeper Day vouchers for 2017, but you can now book for 2018. 

You can also help support Blackpool Zoo through adopting a penguin! This costs £75 and includes: 12 month adoption, two admission tickets to Blackpool Zoo, a personalised certificate of adoption, a factsheet, thank you letter, your name on the adopters' board and and invitation to adopters' open day.
Blackpool Zoo Penguins
Blackpool Zoo Penguins
Blackpool Zoo Penguins

Yorkshire & Humber

Harewood House & Grounds

Website: harewood.org
Type of Penguins: Humboldt
Region: Yorkshire & the Humber
Address: Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG
Penguin Experiences: Yes
Opening Dates: From 24th March - 29th October 2017
Admission Price: Adult £12.50, Child £7.50, Membership Available - Full Ticket Prices

 

Harewood House is a beautiful stately home with sprawling grounds covering over 100 acres and has lots to offer - attractions include a Walled Garden, Farm Experience, Adventure Grounds, and a Bird Garden which is home to over 30 birds from around the world including the Bali starling, flocks of charismatic parrots and cockatoos as well as a colony of 13 Humboldt penguins.

The first penguins of the present group arrived in August 1989, and three are still there at just over 25 years of age.

At 11am and 3.30pm you can watch the Humboldt Penguins being fed, and if you're aged 10 or above, you can get up close and personal with the Penguins by helping the keepers to feed them! It costs £15 per person on week days or £20 per person on weekends and bank holidays, which you can book through the Harewood Information Centre by calling 0113 218 1000.

At 3.30pm you can join their Bird Garden Keeper for a informative talk about the Humboldt Penguins whilst they're having their daily afternoon feed. You can learn a little about each of their penguins, such as where they originate from and what they like to eat.

Harewood House Penguin Feeding

Visitors who choose to visit Harewood via bus gain admission for half price
 

The Deep

Website: www.thedeep.co.uk
Type of Penguins: Gentoo
Region: Yorkshire & the Humber
Address: The Deep, Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (for SatNav, use HU9 1TU)
Penguin Experiences: No
Opening Times: The Deep is open daily from 10am until 6pm, last admission is at 5pm
Pricing: Adult £12.50, Child £10.50 (on the day) - Full Ticket Prices

 

The Deep Aquarium is home to 3500 fish including sharks and rays, including newest residents for spring 2017, Sensa and Mabouche, the Loggerhead sea turtles. It boasts a deep viewing tunnel that measures a massive 9 metres across which you can walk through to admire the marine life swimming right above you.

A combination of hands-on interactive displays, audiovisual presentations, and living exhibits to tell the story of the world's oceans and exhibits include the Tropical Lagoon of Light which is teeming with brightly coloured tropical fish and rays, and the 10 metre deep Endless Oceans exhibit contains 2,500,000 litres of water, which you can view through their glass lift which goes through the tank itself!

Penguins are a recent addition to The Deep, arriving in two groups; the first from Moody Gardens, Texas in 2014, followed by a further group from Calgary Zoo, Canada in 2015. In June 2016 they welcomed the arrival of their very first penguin chicks, bringing them to a group of 13, who are now part of the European Breeding Programme for Gentoo penguins.

You can see the penguins being hand fed at 11:30am and 3:30pm every day whilst you listen to a informative talk about the cheeky penguins. There are lots of different viewing areas, including one from above the enclosure and two sections where you can see them flying under the water.  

When you buy a ticket for The Deep, you can get a Day Plus Pass which allows FREE return visits to The Deep for 12 months, which is included in the normal price of a standard ticket! You know what that means? Yep, unlimited penguin visits!

Pici Penguin has shared pictures from his exciting day out at The Deep on the blog too!

 

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Website: www.sewerbyhall.co.uk
Type of Penguins: Humboldt
Region:Yorkshire & the Humber
Address: Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1EA
Opening Times: 1 April until 5 November, Open 9.30am - 5pm, last admission 4.45pmPricing: Standard - Adult £7.50, Child £5.40 View All Prices
Penguin Experiences: Yes


Sewerby Hall is a historic country house and estate set in fifty two acres of parkland. There is plenty to see and do here; visit the house, see the fabulous walled gardens, pop to the children's adventure playground, play a game of gold and visit the zoo. In the zoo you can find pheasant, peafowl and ducks, visit the aviary and see finches, parrots, parakeets and even tortoises.

The zoo is home the fabulous Humboldt Penguin, where you can catch feeding time  at 3pm every day!

Want to get up close and personal? For £35 two people people can take part in a Penguin Animal Encounter! You get time to ask the fabulous penguin keepers any questions, help with the food preparation and then go on to hand feed the penguins! You also will receive a goody bag to remember your experience that includes; a certificate,  keyring, discount voucher for 20% off in the cafe and gift shop, fact sheet, newsletter, adventure guide and pen.

The experience needs to be pre-booked and participants need to be at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult if under the age of 18. Waterproof clothing and footwear is a must!

 

Flamingo Land

This encounter allows you to get close to our South American Humboldt penguins as you join the zoo keeper at one of their daily feeds. Participants are taken to the pool side area where a bucket of fish will be provided to throw into the water to feed the penguins. Any spectators are able to watch from the viewing bridge above the penguin pool. This encounter is particularly popular during the winter months so early booking is recommended! - See more at: http://www.flamingoland.co.uk/experiences/penguin-encounter.html#sthash.2agS0Lx2.dpuf

Website: www.flamingoland.co.uk
Type of Penguins: Humboldt Penguins
Region: Yorkshire & the Humber
Address: Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6UX
Opening Times: Depending on the season, open from 09:30 am - 4:00/5:00/6:00 pm
Pricing: On the day - Adult and Child: £38. Online discounts are available
Penguin Experiences:Yes

 

Flamingo Land is the ultimate fun-filled family experience! With a zoo, a theme park, a Peter Rabbit adventure play area, holiday accommodation and regular concerts and events, Flamingo Land has everything you could ever dream of.

The zoo features mammals, reptiles, farm animals, and birds - but the stars of the show are, of course, the Humboldt Penguins! Flamingo Land is part of a worldwide conservation programme intent on saving this species from extinction in the wild. The zoo's own colony lives in a huge enclosure that has a beach, rocky areas for climbing on and hiding in, and a lovely swimming pool! There is a daily talk at 3:30 pm, when the penguin keeper will tell you all about these intriguing and comical creatures.

Want to get closer to your flippin' fabulous friends? Why not book a penguin encounter! Join their keeper at the pool side area at either 12:00 or 3:30 pm, and grab a bucket of fish to throw into the water! The experience lasts around 20-30 minutes and is hugely popular, especially in the winter months. At only £20 (zoo admission not included) this is a real bargain so p-p-p-pick up your ticket now!

 

East Midlands

Birdland

Website: www.birdland.co.uk
Type of Penguin: Humboldt & King
Region: Address: Birdland, Rissington Rd, Bourton-on-the-Water, Glos, GL54 2BN
Opening Times: April-October 10am - 6pm. November-March 10am – 4pm. Open Daily (except Christmas Day)
Pricing: Adult £9.95, Child (3-15) £6.95, Under 3’s go free. Book online & save 10%
Penguin Experiences: Yes

 


Birdland Park & Gardens is situated on the outskirts of Oxford and runs across nine acres of gardens and woodland, with over 130 species of birds on display. Birdland is home to the Humboldt penguin and England’s only collection of King penguins!

You can also find some great attractions such as the Jurassic Journey section where you can learn all about prehistoric Dinosaurs, which sits within the Marshmouth Nature Reserve, a beautiful 2.5 acre trail with views of the lovely River Windrush. They also have a Discovery Zone where you will find amphibians, reptiles and mammals - you can’t miss the Birdland Hatchery, where you can see hatching eggs and little chicks taking their first steps.

The main attraction for penguin lovers is the fantastic Penguin Shore, where you can catch the feeding displays! At 11am there is a small feed, with the main feeding display starting at 2.30pm. Watch them tuck into tasty fish whilst you listen to an informative and fun talk from one of Birdlands resident penguin experts.

Want to join in with the penguin feeding fun? You can book a feeding experience at Birdland for £45 if you’re aged 10 or above and help out in the afternoon feed.

No visit to Birdland would be complete without seeing the resident celebrity Spike the King Penguin! This cutie was hand-reared at Birdland and is a firm favourite with staff and visitors. He even has his own facebook and twitter account!  

Observe and admire the penguin's unique behaviour above and below the water thanks to Birdland's specially designed penguin enclosure. There's a window in the water that really demonstrates just how powerful and elegant these birds become when they've done waddling on land and they start swimming!

Can't get enough of the penguin party? Be sure to check out the live streaming ‘Penguin Cam’, powered by Explore Gloucestershire. This webcam showcases 24-7 live coverage of Birdland's penguins for your complete penguin pleasure!

 

 

Natureland Seal Sanctuary

Website: www.skegnessnatureland.co.uk
Type of Penguins: Jackass
Region: East Midlands
Address: North Parade, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 1DB
Opening Times: 10am - 5.30pm
Pricing: Standard - Adult £9, Child £6.50, Aged 2 & Under - Free, View All Prices
Penguin Experiences: No

 

Natureland rescue and rehabilitate orphaned and injured seals that become stranded on Lincolnshire coastlines, and are also home to tropical butterflies, alpacas, goats, fish and our favourite bird, the penguin!

The penguins at Natureland are Jackass penguins, named because the sound they make is similar to that of a braying donkey or jackass, and you can find the penguins across from the baby seals and rearing pool.

Head down to the penguin enclosure at 11.30 and 3pm to see penguin feeding time (during peak times this changes to 11am and 3pm) and you can adopt a penguin at Natureland too! For £50 you receive two complimentary tickets, a personalised certificate plus your name written on a plaque in the penguin exhibit.

Four baby Jackass penguins have hatched at Natureland in recent years too, so keep an eye out for some youngsters!

 

Twycross Zoo

Website: twycrosszoo.org
Type of Penguins:
 Humboldt
Region: 
West Midlands
Address: 
Burton Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 3PX
Opening Times: Open every day (except Christmas Day) 10am-6pm & 10am-5pm in winter
Pricing:
Adult £19.45, Child £14.45 - online discounts available
Penguin Experiences:
Yes

 

Twycross Zoo has lots to offer penguin lovers! For £65, a party of 4 people can have a close encounter with these funny feathered critters! Ask the keepers your burning questions, feed fish to the penguins, and receive an experience gift pack which includes a certificate, small cuddly toy, plus a £10 voucher per party to spend in the zoo. Receive 10% off the zoo admission price if you book alongside a penguin experience.

With daily penguin feeds at 12:30 and 15:30, you can marvel at how graceful these birds are in the water as they dive and swim to catch fish. If this isn't enough penguin goodness for you, why not become a zoo keeper for a day? Make your penguin visit extra special for £175 including admission (£120 including admission for one child aged 7-17 and one adult).

When you're done having fun, create a memento of your day at Twycross by adopting a penguin! Prices start from £30 for 12 months and you'll receive lots of cute gifts including a soft toy and fact sheet (although you don't get to name your adopted feathery friend).


West Midlands

 

Dudley Zoo

Website: www.dudleyzoo.org.uk
Type of Penguins: Humboldt Penguins
Region: West Midlands
Address: Castle Hill, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4QF (SatNav DY1 4SQ)
Opening Times: Open every day except Christmas Day, from 10:00 am. Last admission in winter (mid-September to Easter) is 3:00 pm
Pricing: Adult £14.50, Child £9.00. View All Ticket Prices
Penguin Experiences: Yes

 

Dudley Zoological Gardens is paradise for penguin lovers! The zoo has a large colony of Humboldt Penguins, with one of the most successful breeding groups in Europe. There are around 70 parent-reared birds in Penguin Bay; see if you can spot the zoo's oldest resident penguin, Pingu!

There's a daily penguin feed and talk at 3:00 pm, where visitors can learn all about Dudley's adorable penguins. If you want to get really wild and enjoy a close encounter, you can book a special experience - choose from being a Little Keeper for the Day or the popular Feed the Penguins Experience! The Keeper Experience starts from £80.00 and is open to kids aged 8-13 years. Feed the Penguins includes exclusive access for you and a friend, where you can feed the critters and learn more about them from their knowledgeable keepers. The zoo admission price is included in the £95 fee.

Uniquely, Dudley Zoo also runs Tea Time Tours on select dates, where visitors can enjoy a guided tour in the early evening to observe the keeper's night time routines! The 2-hour tour ends with a fun BBQ. Adults £45, Children £35, limited availability.

Feed the Penguins Experience, Tuesdays and Fridays only, £95 for 2 people aged 8+

Dudley Zoo Penguins

Dudley Zoo Penguins

Dudley Zoo Penguins

 

West Midlands Safari Park

Website: www.wmsp.co.uk
Type of Penguin: Humboldt
Region: West Midlands
Address: Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 1LF
Opening times: Summer 10:00 - 17:30 (18:30 on weekends). Winter 10:00 - 16:30
Pricing: Adult £23, Child £18 - Full Pricing 
Penguin Experiences: Yes

You won't be short of things to do at West Midlands Safari Park! The park houses a drive-through safari experience, walk-through zoo, a super-scary dinosaur land, plus an adventure theme park with thrilling rides!

The Discovery Trail features Penguin Cove, which is home to the park's colony of Humboldt Penguins. Newly completed, the penguin's space allows them to behave completely naturally, and lets visitors get superb close-up views! The birds have their very own semi-submerged beach, large pool, and a house to retreat into - sounds idyllic! There are daily penguin feeds that you can watch from the specially-designed viewing area.

Here are some fun facts about the penguins there:

  • The adult penguins are named after trees, chocolate bars, Harry Potter characters and Jungle Book characters! 
  • They had four penguin chicks for the first time this year who are called Fee, Fi, Frodo and Fum!
  • The penguins first arrived at the Park in 2012 and the colony is made up of 17 adult penguins (and four chicks), which came from zoos in the UK and Germany.

In love with these adorable aquatic birds? Here you can do a Penguin Feeding Experience for £65, which gives you a twenty minute encounter where you will get to learn all about the penguins, feed them fishy treats, whilst offering enrichment. Throughout the experience your keeper will be taking photographs that will go on a CD as a memento of the encounter too!

You can also book a Sea Lion and Penguin Keeper Experience to get a penguin's eye view of life at the Cove! For £150, you can meet the penguins, clean the enclosure windows, rake up the sand, and set out the enrichment items for them! You also get to prepare the penguin's lunch, clean out the pools, and be the VIP guest during the Sea Lion show! A photo package, unlimited theme park rides, and the safari drive-through are all included in the cost. This is one of the most comprehensive keeper experience packages around, so don't miss out on the chance to become fully immersed in the penguin's unique world!

 

 

National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham

Website: visitsealife.com/birmingham
Type of Penguins: Gentoo
Region: West Midlands
Address: The Water's Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2HL
Penguin Experiences: Yes
Pricing: On the day; Individual £20.95, Family £17.95pp - 40% Off Online Bookings

You can find the National Sea Life Centre right in the heart of Birmingham in Brindleyplace, on the Water's Edge - you shouldn’t miss it, it’s right opposite the Barclaycard Arena!

Birmingham’s Sea Life Centre houses the UK's only 360 degree ocean tunnel, giving you amazing views of the marine life, and is home to over 2,000 creatures from around the world, including seahorses, a giant Pacific octopus, green sea turtles, otters, lobsters, sharks, sting rays, and more!

The Gentoo penguins arrived In 2014 in their 'Penguin Ice Adventure' habitat which is kept at a chilly 8 degrees Celsius.

If you pop over at 10:15am, 12:45pm & 4pm, you can listen to the Playful Penguin talk, where you can learn all about the Gentoo penguins and find out all about how Sea Life are helping protect penguins in the wild - that’s if you’re not interrupted over the loud and unmistakable trumpeting sound of the Gentoo penguins!

There are a few special penguins at Sea Life Birmingham - here you can find Pablo the Gentoo penguin, a cheeky bird who loves to cause mischief with the keepers! You also can’t miss Sea Life Birmingham's first ever Gentoo penguin chick, who hatched earlier this year! This adorable little chick is being cared for by its doting parents.

If you want to get up close to these beautiful feathered friends, you can also take part in a  VIP Penguin Feeding experience, which also includes priority admission to the center and you will receive a Sea Life goody bag with plush toy to take home.

Here you will get a look 'behind the scenes' and meet one of the knowledgeable Aquarists at the Center to learn more about the Gentoo Penguin colony. Here you will have your briefing to learn about feeding techniques and the penguin diet, and then you will get a minimum of 20 mins to see the penguins up close and feed them!

This VIP Penguin Experience costs £105 per person, with a minimum age of 14 to take part. Guests under 16 must be accompanied by one, free adult over 18 as the second feeder (they will need to have an entry ticket).

 

East of England

 

Woburn Safari Park

Website: http://woburnsafari.co.uk
Type of Penguins: Humboldt Penguins
Region: East of England
Address: Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire MK17 9QN
Opening Times: Open daily from 9th February to 5th November 10:00 - 18:00
Pricing: Standard Tickets: Adult £22.99, Child £15.99. Full Ticket Pricing 
Penguin Experiences Yes. Up Close Encounter from £79 and Up Close Plus from £129

 

Woburn Safari Park combines a classic drive-through safari with an on-foot walk on the wild side! You can see a wide range of species, large and small, as well as watch a variety of animal shows involving owls, parrots and sea lions. The sea lion demonstration even includes an amazing 3D cinema experience that’s not to be missed! There are indoor and outdoor play areas, a special railway that gets you close to the park’s deer, a high ropes course, and a lake on which you can pedal a Swan Boat! The park also incorporates Go Ape! - a thrilling treetop climbing and zip wire experience!

Woburn has a large colony of Humboldt Penguins, including the very special Gilbert! He is easy to spot thanks to his unique markings and also his greedy nature! Visitors will often see him scoffing down spratt fish or cuddling up to his partner Gil on his little nest site. Penguin World features a huge swimming pool with viewing window plus a raised walkway so you get incredible all-round views! There are two talks and feeds every day.

There are a number of VIP experiences on offer at Woburn. For penguin fans, the Up Close Encounters are essential. Anyone over 5 years can take part, for just £79 (additional people £49 with a maximum of 4). You’ll go behind the scenes with an experienced keeper and learn about your flippered friends - park entry, VIP certificate and guidebook are included. The Up Close Plus Encounter costs from £129 (additional people £69, maximum 4) and includes a one-hour tour with a park ranger. Penguin Encounters are only available on selected dates.

Woburn Safari Park Penguins Feeding Experience

Woburn Safari Park Penguins

Woburn Safari Park Penguin - Viewing

 

 

Banham Zoo

Website: banhamzoo.co.uk
Type of Penguins: Black-Footed Penguins
Region: East of England
Address: Kenninghall Road NR16 2HE
Opening Times: Open daily at 9.30am (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Pricing: Off Peak - Adult £21, Child £14.95. Peak - Adult £22.95, Child £16.95 Full Pricing
Penguin Experiences: No

 

From big cats and reptiles to domestic livestock, Banham Zoo has got it all! The real stars though are the Black-Footed Penguins. Endangered in the wild, Banham's Black-Footed beauties are part of a vital European Breeding Programme, which aims to boost their numbers and save the species from further decline. Your visit to Banham Zoo contributes to the protection of this incredible species of penguin!

Banham is a great place to see a more unusual species of penguin, one which isn't often found in UK zoos. In 2015, the birds were given a brand new and improved enclosure, which they clearly loved as they soon got down to business laying eggs! Significantly more spacious than their previous enclosure, the penguin's new pad features a raised boardwalk for visitors and a high canopy net to protect the birds from seagulls.

These little cuties measure just 50cm tall so are sure to delight both kids and adults with their diminutive stature and amusing antics! Seeing them safe in their enclosure and knowing that they are part of an initiative to bring their kind back from the brink of extinction will give any penguin lover a warm fuzzy feeling!

 

 

Colchester Zoo

Website: colchester-zoo.com
Type of Penguins: Humboldt Penguins
Region: East of England
Address: Set your Sat Nav for CO3 0SL
Opening Times: Open every day from 9:30 am except Christmas Day. Closing times vary between 18:00 and 18:30 depending on the season.
Pricing: On the Day: Adult from £19.54, Child from £13.59 - Full Ticket Pricing - Advance Ticket Discounts
Penguin Experiences: Yes


Colchester Zoo has a vast array of different animals, from the exotic to the everyday! See everything from tigers and bears to donkeys and fish. Penguin Shores is home to the zoo's group of Humboldt Penguins - many of the birds have been born and raised right there at Colchester. There is also a second breeding colony at the Inca Trail area of the zoo.

You can enjoy the feed and talk daily at 10:30am, where you can step onto the penguin's beach to learn about how the keepers identify each individual bird. (Please note this doesn't include direct contact with the penguins). There are penguin presentations at the Inca Trail at 12:00 and 16:00 every day too.

Be a Keeper for the Day and, if you choose Experience C (£210), you will get to meet and greet the penguins, weigh out their fish and hand-feed it to them! You also receive a souvenir gift pack, zoo admission, and a meal voucher. The Wild Encounters Experience for Two and Extra-Ordinary Animal Experience allow you to meet and feed a variety of species, including those cheeky penguins. Keeper Shadowing (£85) includes a 30-minute close encounter with the penguins and their keeper, plus a meal voucher, gift pack, and admission.

For the romantic at heart, the Perfect Partners experience (£200) and pop the question in front of the penguins! This VIP experience includes admission, a souvenir photo of yourselves, a gift and a 2-course meal at Penguini's Pizza and Pasta Restaurant. You can also upgrade your experience to include Prosecco, a sharing platter, or both!

Colchester Zoo Penguins

Colchester Zoo Penguins

 

 

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo    

Website: www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo
Type of Penguin: Rockhopper and African Black-Footed Penguins
Region: East of England
Address: Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2LF
Opening Times: Open from 10am every day except Christmas Day.
Pricing: Adult £28, Child £20.35. Discounts available online 
Penguin Experiences: Yes


One of the most distinguished and cherished zoos in the country, ZSL Whipsnade has so much to offer for penguin fans! As well as working hard in the field of conservation, the zoo has a focus on fun and allows visitors to get up close and personal with its animals to help educate and entertain!

Whipsnade's fabulous penguin enclosure has tons of enrichment for the birds, and recreates their natural habitat in glorious detail. The zoo's colonies of Rockhopper Penguins and African Black-Footed Penguins live in a custom-built environment that features rock formations and pools, and has amazing views over the surrounding area of Dunstable! There are penguin feeds and talks every day.

The dedicated team at Whipsnade really do want you to get close to their creatures - they offer a number of incredible experiences for kids and adults. Be a keeper or junior keeper for the day, or why not join the Zoo Academy to learn more through hands-on field work? The Meet the Penguins Gift Pack lets you and a friend help care for the penguins alongside their keeper for just £125! Zoo admission is included in the cost.
 

 

ZSL London Zoo

Website: www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo
Type of Penguins: Humboldt Penguins and 1 Rockhopper Penguin
Region: London
Address: ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY
Opening Times: Open from 10am daily except Christmas Day
Pricing: On the day - Adult £29.75, Child £22.00. Full Ticket Prices
Penguin Experiences: Yes


See London Zoo's resident Humboldt Penguins in their fab new enclosure which features an enormous 1200 sq metre pool that holds 450,000 litres of water! Get amazing underwater views from the specially designed area and see how these aquatic birds truly "fly" in the deep. Penguin feeding times are 13:30 and 16:30 daily.

Book the Meet the Penguins Experience for just £54 per person to get within a flipper's reach of the penguins - you won't be disappointed! The experience starts at 13:50, from the meeting point at the Penguin Beach VIP area. This experience is understandably not available during July, August and September as this is when the penguins go through their moulting season. They don't want visitors when they're not looking their best, now do they!

Grab a great gift with the Penguin Gift Pack (£125 for 2 people). This includes 2 entry tickets to either ZSL London or Whipsnade Zoo, plus 2 tickets for a Meet the Animals experience! Or, from just £35, why not adopt Ricky, ZSL London Zoo's only Rockhopper Penguin? Ricky is a truly comical character who likes to be centre of attention! He hops about in front of the keepers making noises until he gets his fill of fish!

*Ricky the Rockhopper has been temporarily moved for his quest to find love*


Ricky the Rockhopper

 Penguin Enclosure at London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo Penguin Viewing Hole

 

 

SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Website: www.visitsealife.com/london/
Type of Penguins: Gentoo Penguins
Region: London
Address: SEA LIFE London Aquarium, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
Opening Times: Open every day except Christmas Day. Mon-Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (last entry 5:00 pm). Sat - Sun 09:30 am - 7:00 pm (last entry 6:00 pm)
Pricing: Anytime Ticket - Adult: £25. Child: £17.55. Under 3's go free
Penguin Experiences: No, but you can book a Behind the Scenes Tour for £32 (Adult) and £24.99 (Child). You will spend 45 minutes with the aquarists to learn about their conservation work and watch the animals' food being prepared.

 

Located right by the Coca-Cola London Eye, just over Westminster Bridge from The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Sea Life London Aquarium is home to some truly fascinating creatures! Highlights include the sharks, the turtles, and the rainforest species. For penguin lovers, there is a colony of Gentoo Penguins - the third largest penguin species after Emperor and King Penguins!

Sea Life has helped to breed Gentoos, Humboldts and King Penguins in an effort to save them from extinction in the wild. Sea Life London's amazing Penguin Point aquarium is specially designed to match the conditions of the Gentoos' natural habitat and climate. Every last detail has been considered, even down to the lighting; in the spring from 5pm onwards the lights are turned down low and enter a sunset cycle of red light to mimic the Southern Hemisphere.

The enclosure has an underwater viewing window so you can properly observe the birds gliding through their watery world. It also features, uniquely, the Ice Adventure, designed in conjunction with the British Antarctic Survey to replicate the Gentoos' natural frozen landscape. The temperature is constantly monitored and maintained, and the air is filtered to rid the enclosure of airborne diseases.

In 2014, Sea Life London's first baby Gentoo Penguin was born! They named her Elsa. Little did that tiny bundle of fluff know how much she was helping the survival of her species!

Please note that public transport is the recommended way to reach Sea Life London.

 

Chessington Zoo

Website: www.chessington.com
Type of Penguins: Humboldt Penguins
Region: South East England
Address: Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NE
Opening Times: Open daily from 10:00 am. Closing times vary depending on the day and the season
Pricing: Day Tickets are £49 on the day. Discounts are available if you book in advance. You can even take advantage of the park's Rainy Day Guarantee - if it rains for more than 1 hour, you could be entitled to a free visit!
Penguin Experiences: Yes

 

Chessington really is a whole "world of adventures"! There are lots of things to see and do - there's a zoo, a Sea Life Centre, a theme park, the Gruffalo River Ride Adventure, and even a hotel! The zoo is home to a wide variety of animals, from huge carnivores to dinky little minibeasts. The Humboldt Penguins live at Penguin Bay - an amazing enclosure featuring a pool and beach area packed with enrichment for the birds.

Book a VIP Experience to enter the penguins' world and hand-feed them at the water's edge! If you would prefer not to get your feet wet or your fingers nibbled, you can simply enjoy the walk-through design of the enclosure and observe closely but at a safe distance!

Why not help Chessington with their conservation funds by adopting a penguin? Although you can't name your fish-loving friend, for £30 you do get two zoo tickets and the feel-good factor of knowing you are saving penguins from extinction!

For kids who want to try out daily zookeeper life, the Junior Keeper for a Day Experience costs just £145 (£250 for 2 people) for ages 7-16. You get to assist the keepers with general duties in the Children's Zoo and Wanyama Village.

 


South East

 

Birdworld

Website: www.birdworld.co.uk
Type of Penguins: Humboldt Penguins & African Penguins
Region: South East England
Address: Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LD
Opening Times: Open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Summer 10:00 - 18:00. Winter 10:00 - 16:30
Pricing: Adult from £8.95-£15.95, Child from £5.95-£12.95 Full Ticket Pricing
Penguin Experiences: Yes.

 

Birdworld is truly a unique and special day out! There's a bird park housing some fascinating exotic avian species, Jenny Wren Farm - a children's farm that's home to cute and furry friends like guinea pigs and goats, Underwater World - a huge aquarium filled with tropical fishy wonders, plus beautiful gardens and a park pet shop!

Penguin Island was opened in 1982 by none other than Johnny Morris, and is home to a colony of Humboldt Penguins. Over 300 birds have been bred and raised by the park. Penguin Beach houses the relatively new group of African (Jackass) Penguins. This enclosure is a recreation of South Africa's Robben Island and includes a quayside and boardwalk area so visitors can walk across the beach for exceptional views of the multiple different species of animal here.

The great-value Penguin Feeding Experience costs just £49.95 and includes park admission. You can feed the penguins and learn all about their wacky ways from the knowledgeable keepers. The presentations occur daily at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm, and you will receive a souvenir photo to remember your experience by! Be a Keeper for the Day for just £125 (age 16+) and assist the keepers with food preparation, cleaning, and penguin feeding, as well as going behind the scenes in the incubation room! The price includes afternoon admission for a friend, a certificate and souvenir cap, plus lunch and a drink.

You can also adopt a penguin from £29.95! The Bronze Adoption package includes a park ticket, fridge magnet, and your name on the group board at the entrance. Other packages include certificates, multiple park tickets, photographs, and a plaque on the penguin enclosure.

Birdworld Penguins

 


Drusilla’s Park

Website: http://www.drusillas.co.uk
Type of Penguins: Humboldt Penguins and Rockhopper Penguins
Region: East of England
Address: Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS 
Opening Times: Open daily except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Summer - 10:00 - 18:00, Winter - 10:00 - 17:00
Pricing: Peak Season - Adult or Child £19.50, Off-Peak Season - £18.50. Full Ticket Pricing
Penguin Experiences: Yes

 

Drusilla's has something for all ages, from cute and furry animals to thrilling rides for tots! You can go face to flipper with the park's resident Humboldt and Rockhopper Penguins by booking a Close Encounter Animal Experience which allows you to help out the keepers, feed the penguins and get some really cool photos! The experience lasts 30-40 minutes and costs £65 - £75. The minimum age is 6 years and the cost includes one additional person or parent. The Penguin Feeding display is at 3:45 daily.

Birthday boys and girls can enjoy a party with a twist at Drusilla's. Book a birthday party at the park and you get the chance to feed the penguins on your special day!

With 2 adventure play areas, an indoor soft play area, an interactive maze, a paddling pool called Explorer's Lagoon, a Thomas the Tank Engine train ride, and Europe's first Hello Kitty themed attraction, Drusilla's Park will keep little ones entertained all day! There's even an attraction in honour of your flippered friends; Penguin Plunge, a huge inflatable slide!


 

Paultons Park

Website: paultonspark.co.uk
Type of Penguins: Humboldt
Region: South East
Address: Paultons Park, Ower, Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire, SO51 6AL
Opening Times: 10.30am - 4.30pm ( Core Times - View All Times / Opening Dates )
Pricing: On the day - Adult / Child over 1m £31.75, Child Under 1m - Free. View Advance Ticket Discounts
Penguin Experiences: No

Paultons Family Theme Park has around 70 rides and attractions, including rollercoasters, a water park, 4D cinema, a log flume, adventure golf, birds and animals, landscapes and gardens and is also home to Peppa Pig World!

The park covers 140 acres of land and features a collection of around 80 species of birds and animals in addition to the rides, including giant tortoises, tropical birds, owls, vultures, flamingos and more importantly, penguins!

The Humboldt penguins at Paultons can be found in the Penguin Pool next to Peppa Pig World. The penguin area has a fantastic underwater viewing area, where you can see the flap-tacular penguins zip past under the water. You can catch the daily feeding sessions at 12 noon and 3.30pm with live commentary from one of the knowledgeable keepers!

Paultons ‘Winter Season’ commences on 31st October 2017, where selected rides and attractions will be open and the park is open on weekends, so double checking opening times and dates and park information is recommended.  

 

Marwell Zoo & Wildlife Park

Website: www.marwell.org.uk
Type of Penguins: Humboldt
Region: South East England
Address: Thompsons Lane, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH
Opening Times: Open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm in summer, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm in autumn, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in winter
Pricing: Adult Standard Season: £19, Winter Season: £15. Child Standard Season: £15, Winter Season: £11.50
Penguin Experiences: Yes

 

Marwell is much more than just your average zoo. Not only does it have hundreds of animals for you to marvel at, it is also a leading force in the conservation world, and is actively dedicated to saving animals in the UK and Africa!

Penguin Cove is the first stop for many people when they visit Marwell. The zoo's colony of Humboldt Penguins lives in a specially designed cove with a large deep pool, a pebbled beach, and a little stream. You can immerse yourself in the penguin's world by venturing into the underground cave to watch the birds perform their infamous acrobatics underwater!

Marwell even has its very own celebrity penguin! Ralph has extra special requirements as he moults earlier than his friends - he wears an O'Neill wetsuit that was created just for him, to protect him against the scorching sun and the freezing cold! Find out more about Ralph on the daily talks, and don't forget to check out the Penguin Cam on the zoo's website for a sneak peek at what the birds do when nobody's looking!

The zoo's face-to-face experience will get you super-close to the penguins, allowing you to prepare their food and hand-feed them! The experience lasts 30 minutes and participants get included zoo entry, plus a personalised certificate, a penguin fact sheet, and a gift pack. All this for just £100!

 

Wingham Wildlife Park

Website: winghamwildlifepark.co.uk
Type of Penguins: Humboldt Penguins
Region: South East England
Address: Wingham Wildlife Park, Rusham Road, Wingham, Kent, CT3 1JL
Opening Times: April - September: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. October - March: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Pricing: Adult: £17. Child: £14
Penguin Experiences: Yes.

 

Known as "Kent's Fastest Growing Zoo", Wingham Wildlife Park has a varied range of animals for you to see, with some unusual species you may not find anywhere else! Wingham has raccoons, wild cats, boa constrictors, kookaburras, tarantulas and, of course, penguins.

You can book a VIP Encounter with the resident Humboldt Penguins and hand-feed them on their private beach. For just £70 (or £120 for two people) you get to spend up to 20 minutes with the penguins. The length of the experience depends on how hungry the birds are - and how fast they gobble up all the fish you give them! Choose from three time slots, but be warned - you may have an audience in the later slots! Entry to the park is included in the cost.

Wingham also offers a unique VIP Tour on certain dates after the park has closed! For just £30 each (maximum 16 people) you can enjoy intimate access to the animal collections, take photos, ask questions about the running and history of the park, and also receive a complimentary cup of tea or coffee.

The park does offer a Keeper for a Day Experience (£90 for children, £110 for adults) but this doesn't include access to the penguin enclosure

 


Newquay Zoo

Website: www.newquayzoo.org.uk
Type of Penguins:
 Humboldt
Region:
South West
Address: 
Trenance Gardens, Newquay, TR7 2NL
Pricing: Adult £13.60, Child £10.20. Full Ticket Prices
Penguin Experiences: 
Yes

 

Newquay Zoo is one of the best places for penguins in England. If you've always dreamed of getting close to these cute birds, then why not book a penguin encounter? For £70, you and a friend can go behind the scenes for 20-30 minutes to feed the penguins and meet their dedicated keepers. You'll also receive a commemorative certificate and a hot drink in Café Lemur. Oh, and don't forget to say "hello" to the zoo's most famous penguin, Pickle!

There are daily feeds at 12:00 and 15:50, or, for the more adventurous (aged 15+) there is the chance to become a keeper for the day! Meet, feed, and even handle a variety of animals (including those charming penguins) for just £120 including admission. A junior keeper option is also available for those aged 8-14 years (£70 including admission for one child and one adult). All special keepers receive a gift bundle including a t-shirt, certificate, and lunch at Café Lemur.

If you love the thought of being a penguin parent, adoption packs are available from £30. Adoptions cover the species as a whole and not individuals, so you can't name your penguin pal, but adoption packs are a great gift and a fabulous way to remember your day out!

 

 

Longleat Zoo and Safari Park

Website: www.longleat.co.uk
Type of Penguins: Humboldt Penguins
Region: South West England
Address: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 7NW
Opening Times: Entry from 10am. Open most of the year, closed Christmas Day and some dates in November and January.
Pricing: Standard Pricing - Adult £33.95, Child (3-15 years) £25.45 Full Ticket Prices  Penguin Experiences: No

 

More than just your average zoo, Longleat is a fantastic place for kids and adults to explore! Go on safari in your own car (if you dare!) or in one of the park's awesome zebra-print 4x4s or double decker buses (additional charges apply). You can even get out of your car and walk around the African Village to get up close and personal with the giraffes and zebras.

Longleat's colony of Humboldt Penguins lives in harmony on Penguin Island in the Main Square. Designed to look like the penguin's natural habitat of a South American beach, the island features underwater caves; you will really feel like you're a part of the action when you watch the birds gliding through the water! You might even spot a fluffy penguin chick or two as the birds breed at any time of year. Longleat have created an amazing penguin enclosure that's beneficial for both the birds and the visitors!

 

Living Coasts

Website: www.livingcoasts.org.uk
Type of Penguins: Macaroni Penguins and African Penguins
Region: South West England
Address: Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Hill, Torquay TQ1 2BG
Opening Times: Open every day from 10:00 am except Christmas Day. Closing times vary between 16:00 and 18:00 depending on the season
Pricing: Adult £13, Child £9.80. Full Pricing Information
Penguin Experiences: Yes. Penguin Feeding Experience £65 for 1 person or £100 for 2 people aged 8+. Every day except Mondays and Thursdays



Living Coasts is an entirely different kind of animal park! Dedicated to the conservation of marine wildlife, this innovative coastal zoo lets visitors get unique views of an array of species in naturalistic environments.

Living Coasts is home to 2 colonies of penguins (Macaroni and African). The penguins are fed twice daily in front of the crowds - join them for Penguin Breakfast at 10:30 am and Penguin Lunch at 14:30 pm! Remember your table manners!

There are a huge range of Penguin Experiences to choose from. Penguin Feeding costs from £65 and allows participants to prepare the fishy dishies for the penguins, hand-feed them at Penguin Beach, and learn about their amazing behaviour. Junior Keeper for the Day costs £95 per child (aged 8-15) or £170 for 2 children; tidy up and prettify Penguin Beach, then feed the penguins, auks, seals and fish. Those aged 16+ can follow the keepers around, helping them out with cleaning and feeding duties and really getting stuck into zookeeper life! This costs £125 or £225 for 2 people.

For the ultimate penguin encounter, why not book the Penguin Diving Experience? Living Coasts is the only place in the UK to offer this incredible opportunity to explore the underwater world of Macaroni and African Penguins! You must be aged 18+ and hold a diving certificate. Costs £150 or 2 for £270 (includes day entry).

A great memento of your day is a Penguin Adoption Pack. From £30 you can adopt a perfect penguin for yourself or as a gift. You will receive a fact sheet, certificate and photo, and have your name on a plaque for 12 months. The Adult Adoption Pack (£57) includes all this plus a mug and park ticket in a lovely presentation box. The £70 Adoption Pack includes an additional glass penguin ornament, specially designed by Teign Valley Glass!

 

Bristol Zoo

Website: bristolzoo.org.uk
Type of Penguins: African Penguins
Region: South West England
Address: Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA
Opening Times: Open every day except Christmas Day, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Pricing: Depending on the season, Adult: £16/£20/£22. Child: £8/£11/£12. Exclusive discounts available online, or if you travel by bike, bus or train
Penguin Experiences: Yes. Meet and Greets: £65 for one or £95 for two people. Lasts 30 minutes. Age 6+

 

If you're looking for an altogether unique zoo experience, Bristol Zoological Gardens are the place to visit! The animal exhibits here showcase something a little different, with lions, gorillas, amazing fruit bats and more, all surrounded by beautiful gardens. There's even a kid's play area and luxury onsite accommodation!

The zoo's African Penguins live in paradise alongside Inca Terns and Eider Ducks, with South American Fur Seals as their next-door neighbours! Housed in an open-air enclosure covered by netting, the penguins have a beach, a pool, and a rocky area for hopping onto and nesting on. You can walk around and even underneath the pool and watch the birds "fly" and glide through the water above your head! There's a daily talk and feed at 3:00 pm which is a must-see - just try not to get pooped on by the Terns!

African Penguins are endangered in the wild and Bristol Zoo is part of a conservation effort to try to save them; they maintain a population at the zoo and also work with a rehab centre in South Africa. Why not book a Penguin Meet and Greet to help towards the conservation costs? From £65 you can meet and feed the penguins in a one-on-one experience! You also receive entry to the zoo and a complimentary drink, and will have the opportunity to ask the keepers your burning questions!

For an all-round experience, you can be a Keeper for a Day for £250. You will receive entry to the zoo for you and a friend, a complimentary lunch, plus a souvenir gift pack that includes a fleece and cap! Under 16's can be a Junior Keeper for a Day from £90, and help to prepare the animals' food and perform housekeeping duties. This also includes entry to the zoo for one child and one adult, a souvenir t-shirt, a certificate, and an activity book!

 

Scotland

Edinburgh Zoo

Website: http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk
Type of Penguins: Gentoo Penguins, King Penguins, Northern Rockhopper Penguins
Region: Scotland
Address: 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 6TS
Opening Times: April - September 09:00 - 18:00, October & March 09:00 - 17:00, November - February 09:00 - 16:30
Pricing: On the day: Adult £19, Child (3-15) £14.55 Full Ticket Prices
Penguin Experiences: Yes

 

Edinburgh Zoo is packed with penguins! As well as showcasing some amazing animals found in very few other UK zoos (including Giant Pandas and Koalas) Edinburgh Zoo features a very cool habitat known as Penguins Rock. Home to three - yes, three! - species of penguin, it holds the distinction of being Europe's largest outdoor penguin pool! There's also the world famous Penguin Parade, in which the penguins are free to waddle their way out of their enclosure and follow the keepers around!

See Gentoo, King, and Northern Rockhopper Penguins in a huge pool that's 65 metres long and 3.5 metres deep! The low perimeters and enhanced viewing areas ensure that everyone gets a close look at these fascinating birds. There's even a waterfall and a diving board!

The zoo's Penguin Magic Moment Experience (£80 off-peak, £90 peak season) allows a maximum of 2 people (aged 12+) to spend 30 minutes getting to know the penguins. You get to help the keepers with the afternoon feed, and lead the birds on the infamous Penguin Parade! How cool is that?!

For anyone wanting to see multiple species of penguin in one incredibly stimulating and beautiful habitat, Edinburgh Zoo is a must!

 

Wales

Folly Farm

Website: www.folly-farm.co.uk
Type of Penguins:
Humboldt
Region:
Wales
Address:
 Folly Farm, Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, SA68 0XA
Opening Times: Everyday from 18th February - 5th November from 10am + select other dates 
Pricing: Day Entry - Adult - £13.95, Child (3-15) - £11.95, Aged 2 - £4.95, Under 2 -Free - Full Ticket Prices
Penguin Experiences:
Yes

 

Folly Farm is home to an indoor vintage funfair, a zoo with over 200 different species of animal and extensive indoor and outdoor adventure play areas. New to Folly Farm in 2013 was Penguin Coast, a state-of-the-art saltwater penguin enclosure which is home to 24 Humboldt penguins

You can really get up close to the Humboldt penguins at Penguin Coast. It has low fencing around their nesting areas, so you can get a good look at their lovely home! A large covered underwater viewing area lets you interact with them through the glass - so you can enjoy a good long watch of the penguins having a swim if it’s raining, without getting wet yourself.  

Penguin Coast is part of a breeding programme for the endangered Humboldt penguin, which is why the enclosure has its own penguin nursery. Here you can see the super adorable penguin chicks learn to swim and feed themselves!

You can listen to the keepers give a talk about the penguins at 11am, and you can join the penguin talk and feed at 2pm. You will get the chance to ask Folly Farms expert penguin keepers any questions too. 

If you want to get up close and personal with the penguins, you can indulge in the Folly Farm penguin feeding experience for just £39 (ages 8+). You get to help prepare the penguins food, measuring the right amount out and adding vital vitamin supplements, and then meet and feed the penguins during their afternoon feed! The Folly Farm penguin encounters should last at least 20 minutes and you get a cuddly toy penguin to take home too. 

You can also adopt a penguin for £39, which includes a single day ticket to Folly Farm, an adoption certificate, penguin fact sheet, a penguin cuddly toy, plus your name displayed on a thank you board at Penguin Coast. If you'd like to an adoption pack without the day ticket, you can grab one for just £29.

This encounter allows you to get close to our South American Humboldt penguins as you join the zoo keeper at one of their daily feeds. Participants are taken to the pool side area where a bucket of fish will be provided to throw into the water to feed the penguins. Any spectators are able to watch from the viewing bridge above the penguin pool. This encounter is particularly popular during the winter months so early booking is recommended! - See more at: http://www.flamingoland.co.uk/experiences/penguin-encounter.html#sthash.2agS0Lx2.dpuf
This encounter allows you to get close to our South American Humboldt penguins as you join the zoo keeper at one of their daily feeds. Participants are taken to the pool side area where a bucket of fish will be provided to throw into the water to feed the penguins. Any spectators are able to watch from the viewing bridge above the penguin pool. This encounter is particularly popular during the winter months so early booking is recommended! - See more at: http://www.flamingoland.co.uk/experiences/penguin-encounter.html#sthash.2agS0Lx2.dpuf
This encounter allows you to get close to our South American Humboldt penguins as you join the zoo keeper at one of their daily feeds. Participants are taken to the pool side area where a bucket of fish will be provided to throw into the water to feed the penguins. Any spectators are able to watch from the viewing bridge above the penguin pool. This encounter is particularly popular during the winter months so early booking is recommended! - See more at: http://www.flamingoland.co.uk/experiences/penguin-encounter.html#sthash.2agS0Lx2.dpuf

 

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