Enjoy a lovely day out at Dudley Zoo and see a vast array of wonderful animals, many endangered or exotic, with the ruins of Dudley Castle as the backdrop.
Castle Hill, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4QF
Tel: 01384 215313
Animals, Birthdays, Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Go wild on a fantastic kids day out at Dudley Zoological Gardens in the West Midlands. Find yourself face to face with hundreds of endangered and exotic animals. In all, Dudley Zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals and visitors can see nearly 200 species.
Watch lemurs as they roam freely in their woodland home and walk through a rainforest to see primates, meerkats and porcupines. How close will you manage to get to the wallabies in the Wallaby Walkthrough? See lions and tigers, spiders and reptiles such as a variety of snakes, West African dwarf crocodiles and a Nile monitor. Head to interactive walkthrough area Lorikeet Lookout and feed the brilliantly coloured birds from little pots of nectar.
Look out for endangered species such as Sumatran tigers, Tibetan red pandas, Asiatic lions and Humboldt penguins. The colony of Humboldt penguins is the largest parent-reared colony in the UK. Visit the Farm and Barn to meet furry friends, try milking a cow and join in craft activities undercover if it’s raining.
Before you visit, check the website for the timetable of daily activities, talks and feeding times – always a hit with kids! The programme includes daily bird of prey displays, weather permitting, and shows in the Go Wild! Theatre offering a fascinating introduction to the world of wildlife and enabling visitors to see creatures of all sizes at close quarters. Take a ride on the land train and look out for face painting and a fun fair in some school holidays.
The ancient wooded hillside site itself has plenty to interest families of all ages. There are the ruins of Dudley Castle, the country’s only vintage chair lift and Modernist Tecton structures to discover. Make sure you allow enough time to learn about the fascinating history of the 11th-century Castle, its role in the Civil War and the fire of 1750 which gutted the palace. Point out the trilobites in the Castle walls to the kids and try out the chairlift.
Picnics are welcome and there’s a wide choice of food and drink available at the licensed restaurant, café and kiosks. DZG kids birthday parties include two hours of Animal Encounters, party games and party food. If the kids love wildlife, check out the Little Zoo Keepers experience allowing kids aged 8-13 years to go behind the scenes to find out how the zoo works and meet animals such as penguins and tapirs.
National lockdown once again…Let’s Go with the Children is here to help and support families with ideas and information during this period. When we can start planning family outings, the Let’s Go Team will be inspiring you with ideas and inspirations but until then, stay safe and well.