Number of visitors to the ZSL London Zoo in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2018

London Zoo attracted over 1.1 million visitors in 2018. Situated in Regents Park in London, England, it is the oldest scientific zoo in the world. It ranks among the most visited paid attractions in London.

Chester and Whipsnade zoos among the UK’s top attractions

Despite being in the capital city, London Zoo is not the most visited zoo in England: Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England takes that crown, receiving close to 1.9 million visitors in 2017. The biggest zoo in the UK is Whipsnade Zoo, also owned by the Zoological society of London (ZSL). It covers a total 600 acres, compared to London Zoo, which only covers 36 acres.

A fun day out for domestic tourists

Visitor attractions are a major driver for domestic tourism in Great Britain. Brits spend over three billion pounds a year on day trips to visitor attractions. Of tourism day trips taken in 2017, 25 million involved visiting a zoo or safari park. As most international tourists choose London as their main destination, local visitors are even more important for regional attractions.

Number of visits to the ZSL London Zoo in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2018

Number of visits in thousands
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Release date

March 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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