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Top 5 Zoos in Norfolk – Where to see amazing animals.

There is a surplus of visitor attractions in Norfolk where you can get up close to a wide range of animals, sea creatures, birds of prey and insects. So enjoy a day out at one of the following Norfolk tourist attractions, discover fascinating facts, learn about conservation, and explore these thrilling destinations. From zoos, wildlife parks and farms to rescue sanctuaries and nature reserves – Norfolk has them all. Today we want to let you know our top 5 zoos that Norfolk has to offer.


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This zoo has over 2,000 animals from around the world. During the day, there are loads of activities to delight and thrill the family, including Penguin Cove, an enhanced and expanded habitat for the colony of penguins, one of the most exciting birds of Prey exhibitions in the UK, daily animal feeding talks and displays and a spectacular subtropical house with butterflies and free-flying birds.

Other shows include ‘Live Amazing Animals’ presentations, beautiful big cats such as tigers, snow leopards and cheetahs, Free Safari Roadtrain, Zarafa Heights walkway, and indoor and outdoor play areas, and interactive play areas fun activities in the Education Centre. In addition to all the great things to see and do, the zoo provides many choices of eating facilities, a gift shop, free car parking, and excellent accessibility through their disabled facilities.

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There is plenty to see and do at Banham Zoo and always something to discover around every corner. Gaze at their fantastic selection of big cats such as Amur tigers, snow leopards, cheetahs and Sri Lankan leopards. Encounter a variety of primates and many feathered friends such as flamingos, owls and penguins. Plus, new for 2020 – Unleash your inner adventurer with Woodland Adventure! This interactive outdoor fun zone is perfect for your little ones to explore!

Africa Alive

Make your day out an adventure with a visit to Africa Alive! Explore the sounds and sights of Africa, discovering lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and numerous more animals from the African continent! Get close to the animals and explore the sights, sounds and smells of a vibrant and exciting continent. Enjoy a walking family safari in one of the most extensive and impressive wildlife attractions, set in 100 acres of coastal parkland. The’ Plains of Africa’ presents the ideal place to spot five species of African savannah animals, including our graceful giraffe & heavyweight rhinos. In addition, discover cheetahs hyenas and hundreds more African animals and birds.

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View the magnificent lions and visit ‘Lemur Encounters’ to walk through the lemur’s enclosure. Discover some fantastic facts during feeding talks and the seasonal ‘Amazing African Animal’ presentation. Look, learn and play in the ‘Discovery Centre’ and meet some of the smaller residents. The zoo offers an excellent outdoor adventure play area and restaurants, a gift shop where you can find gifts for everyone, disabled facilities, and free car parking.

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Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens have 250-year-old landscaped gardens with an elegant willow pattern garden and a play area. Attractions include Snow Leopards, gibbons, rare tigers, crocodiles in a swamp house, an aviary, a gift shop & cafe. The tropical & forest houses provide good all-weather cover.

It is renowned for its selection of Asian Mammals, birds and reptiles in the charmingly landscaped gardens and grounds of Thrigby Hall, where you can find several play areas for children. Plus, they have the bonus of free parking!

Amazonia Zoo

Plan a visit to Amazona Zoo in Cromer, one of Norfolk’s unique and fun days where families can explore creatures native to South America. It is residence to around 200 tropical animals, including new jaguarundi, jaguars, birds of prey, pumas, parrots, monkeys, snakes, flamingos and tapirs. Additionally, you can find a spider house and a cute guinea pig village.

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This small zoo just outside Cromer is full of exciting animals. There’s also a children’s play area (indoor and outdoor) and some jumping pillows. As with all zoos, the timing of your visit and weather conditions are essential. Like us, many animals retreat to their beds if they’re cold or face the prospect of getting wet!

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Family-friendly nature reserve, Pensthorpe Natural Park near Fakenham in North Norfolk, is a perfect day out for families who love exploring the outdoors, offering the purest dose of fresh air, British wildlife and unspoilt countryside.

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Part of its beauty is its ability to appeal to all ages and interests. It’s a hidden gem for garden lovers (boasting five gardens designed by some of the world’s garden design heavyweights). It’s captivating for families and children curious to learn about the natural world (think paddling through streams, pond dipping and whiling away hours in the wildlife-inspired eco play areas, often hailed as some of the best in Norfolk). And it’s so serene that nature gravitates to it like a magnet, offering visitors unrivalled bird and wildlife spotting opportunities.


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