Plan Your Visit

Opening times, animal feeding times, travel guides and other useful info to help you plan your visit.

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Zoo Opening Times and Contact Details

September and October
10:00AM – 5:00PM 7 days a week

November to December 31st
10:30AM to 4.00PM 7 days a week

Closed Christmas Day


(+44) 01229 466086

Zoo Admission Prices

From 1st September to 31st October 2018:
Adults £14, Children (ages 3 to 15) £7

From 1st November to 31st December
Adults £5 Children £2.50

November to February Specials:

All inclusive Monday’s – full price entry includes choice of main meal in the maki restaurant

Toddling Tuesday – early morning programme dedicated to toddlers and their guardians.  Pre booking essential. Contact us for more information.

Senior Wednesday – free admission for seniors and 50% off gift shop and restaurant purchases

Free Group Thursday – free admission for precooked organised groups

Free for all Fridays – Free Admission for everyone

Weekends – Postcode lottery admission, please see our offers page for full details.


Eat, Drink & Play

Take a break from exploring and drop into our Maki Café for a delicious bite to eat, or grab a snack from Savanna’s Take Away while your children enjoy the huge adventure playground.

During peak months a refreshment kiosk serving ice creams, cold drinks, hot dogs and snacks is situated by the primate house and an Ice cream kiosk serving ice creams is situated on the outside of the restaurant.

Picnics and other food and drink cannot be brought into the zoo but visitors can exit to the car park at any time to have picnics.

Feeding and talk times

  • 11:00 White Rhino Conservation Talk Join the Africa keepers to meet the big members of our crash and the African Savannah animals

  • 11.30 – 12:30 Illescas Vulture Avairy Open Join us at 11:30AM for Vulture and Inca Tern Feeding!  Catch our Inca Tern Feeding here to know what’s instore.

  • 11.20 Andean Bear Conservation Talk and Feeding  The Best time of day to meet our resident Paddingtons!

  • 12:00 The Birds of Tambopata Conservation Talk and Feeding after which the Tropical house will be open for you to “Come Hang with Stan”, resident two toed Sloth and his tortoise buddies.

  • 12:30 Hand Feed Lemurs, Conservation Talk and Feeding

  • 12:30 Hand Feed Giraffes, Conservation Talk and Feeding

  • 13:00 Giant Otter, Maned Wolf and Tapir Conservation Talk and Feeding  

  • 13:20 Primate Conservation Talk and Scatter Feeding watch the nifty Lar Gibbons catch their treats!

  • 13:30 – 14:30 Illescas Walk Through Vulture Aviary Open

  • 14:00 Hand Feed Lemurs Conservation Talk and Feeding

  • 14:00 Hand Feed Giraffes Conservation Talk and Feeding

  • 15:00 Hand Feed Humboldt Penguins, Conservation Talk and Feeding at Humboldt Haven

  • 15:20 Big Cat Feeding, Conservation Talk and Feeding check with our admissions team which Big Cat will be the focus today

  • 15:45 Red Panda Conservation Talk 

  • 15:45 Hand Feed Giraffes, Conservation Talk and Feeding Giraffe feeding is always with our bachelor herd near to the Maki Restaurant, either in the Giraffe House or on the Field.  Please check with our admissions team when you arrive where Giraffe feeding will be today.

  • All Day – Hand feed Kangaroos, Wallabies, Emus, Ducks, Swans & Geese.
    Bags of food can be purchased from the gift shop & Maki café.

Finding South Lakes Safari Zoo

Safari Zoo, Melton Terrace, Lindal-in-Furness, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0LU

For Sat Nav directions please ONLY use Postcode LA12 0LU

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Driving to the Zoo & Parking

For Sat Nav directions please ONLY use Postcode LA12 0LU 

Searching for South Lakes Safari Zoo / South Lakes Wild Animal Park in mapping apps may take you to our staff only entrance.

Coming from the M6, Follow the brown zoo signs (look out for the elephant) along the A590 & turn at the sign for Marton.

Zoo sign

Do not continue into Dalton-in-Furness.

Parking is FREE for all visitors. Coach parking available for group bookings.

Bus travel in Cumbria

Bus – Stagecoach – X6 / 6
Public transport from Barrow-in-Furness, Ulverston, Dalton-in-Furness Train Station or Kendal.

The X6 & 6 both stop at our new entrance bus stop Melton Top – Lindal-in-Furness. You will see a pedestrian path from the bus stop which takes you right to our park entrance.

There are usually 4 buses each hour. A full timetable is available HERE 

Train travel in Cumbria

The nearest railway stations are Dalton-in-Furness (DLT) and Barrow-in-Furness (BIF).

Barrow-in-Furness is a short taxi ride from the Zoo.

Dalton-in-Furness is the nearest station and also a short taxi ride away.

A bus service can be taken from Dalton station to the zoo.

Useful information for your zoo visit

  • As an animal attraction for the family & kids, the safari zoo is wheelchair accessible. Some newly added additional pathways to features are currently gravel based but there are alternative tarmac routes to their destinations. Please ask a member of staff for route advice if you have any concerns.

  • Unfortunately we do not have facilities available for wheelchair or mobility scooter hire.
  • We ask that guests refrain from smoking (including E-Cigarettes) in the zoo.

  • No Dogs allowed in the park. A 4 minute drive from Safari Zoo is Crossgates Kennel – contact them on 01229 463435
  • No unattended children in the park. (Proof of age may be asked for younger visitors)

  • Please use the recycling points around the park for the safety of the parks animals and interest of the Lake District’s environment.

  • Visitors must follow the interactive feeding safety advice signage. Full Health & Safety Rules.
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Pre-book hand feeding experiences and animal encounters before your visit.

Read more here about wristbands for Lemur, Giraffe and Penguin animal feeding experiences and how to book VIP family animal encounters and big cat hand feeding experiences

Find out more about hand feeding animals