Banham is a small village in Norfolk that is now home to one of the UK's top 3 zoos as rated for by Which Magazine. Set in 35 acres of parkland, the zoo is home to over 1000 species of animal. About 25 minutes from Norwich and 40 minutes from Ipswich, the zoo is well signposted off the A11 and A140 so despite being in the middle of nowhere you should have no problem finding it.
The zoo itself opened in 1968 and is well established, with modern well kept pens, large range of animals and a play area for all.
Its a great day out especially if you have kids.
If you are looking for a family day out then a visit to Banham Zoo is bound to delight children and grandparents alike! Situated between Diss and Attleborough, and suitable for families with buggies and wheelchairs, this Zoo gives plenty of interest with small and large animals to wow the youngsters!
Take a picnic to save the pennies for lunch, and if you think you might go more than once, buy a season ticket which works out at an excellent price.
Sundays offer the bonus of one of the biggest car boot sales in the area so allow extra time for traffic, and for looking around for a bargain!
Banham Zoo is a great day out for the family, There is a free car-park, The enterance is welcomming and tidy, its also connected to the giftshop, You can pop in and out to the car if you need too.
Inside the zoo, its full of animals (as you'd expect)they all look healthy and happy in large inclosures.There are places where you can get really close to the animals & some you can feed on sessions. The tickets are a little on the pricey side & i would reccomened bringing your own picnic as there are lots of pinic benches. There is a road train thats free to ride, a adventure playground for the kids & the layout is buggy/wheelchair friendly!
Its a good place to spend a day, On sundays there is also a car boot
Great family zoo, which seems to really care about its animals and visitors. I believe a baby giraffe has just been born here, so that will mean another visit is required.
If you go on a busy day then I would seriously recommend taking your own picnic, as the food stands can be over run. However on a normal day there is a good choice.
Definitely worth being there to see the feeding of the Cheetah. Beautiful creatures.
Enjoyed our visit to this zoo, the enclosures are all large and the animals look happy.
The giraffe enclose was very large and you could get close to the animals - some even including feeding.
The birds of prey section allowed you to get very close.
The price of the tickets were reasonable as was the food.
The zoo shop had some nice products as did the small shops outside.
Lovely family zoo. Not too big, so you can manage to get around the whole thing in a day. Great Birds of Prey displays and animal encounters show and a really good selection of animals on show.
The yearly pass is a really good deal
Lovely for a sunny day out, this zoo has a wide selection of animals.
There is plenty of free carparking (and a carboot there on a sunday), a free road train tour, food outlets and open spaces.
Perfect for a family day out!
I have been going to Banham Zoo annually in my Norfolk holidays for the past several years, and have witnessed noticeable improvement in terms of enclosures and visitor experience. However, this has also been accompanied with steady ticket price rises.
Though the zoo itself does not take up a large amount of room, there is a lot of animals to get round and see. It is home to almost 1000 animals of impressively different types, with seemingly more species added each year or so. The Birds Of Prey display on during the summer is greatly superior to that of its nearby sister park (Africa Alive) and of other zoos in the country, with an open-roof seating enclosure that has the birds flying impressively close above the heads of those in the audience. One negative of this zoo is the large-scale wasp problem which has been there most years I've gone to this place - you will encounter LOTS of these flying pests at the zoo in the summer.
Banham Zoo is overall a brilliant day out for people of all ages, and appeals to both young and more knowledgeable members of the public. However, make sure you turn up with a big wallet, as the attendance fees and the gift shop are dearly priced!
This a a great day out for all the family and at a reasonable price. There is a good selection of animals and it is easy to spend the whole day here without getting bored. There are serveral picnic areas located close to the play grounds.
Banham Zoo is a great family day out. Is it as child friendly place to be with fun play parks and exciting activities. Also the restaurants are great value for money and has very tasty food. There is a free car park and a welcoming giftshop. This is a perfect day out for both the parents and children to go. You can watch the keepers feed the lions and the children can stroke the goats. The paths around the animal pens are tidy and are leading to an exciting experience.
Banham Zoo is set amongst 35 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens with innovative and exciting enclosures, providing sanctuary for almost 1000 animals. The Zoo is set out ideally for families and is accessible for both wheelchairs and pushchairs with enough space between each enclosure so its doesnt feel cramped, yet not so far apart that most of the day is spent trekking to find animals. The adventure playground gives the kids a chance to burn of some excess energy and the special under 7's area gives parents peace of mind.
The facilities for food and drink are clean and pleasant. Toilet facilites can also be found here too.
A great day out, and you can be here ALL day, suitable for all ages.
Banham Zoo is a small Zoo set in the Norfolk countryside, about 20 miles south of Norwich. Due to it's size it doesn't house a huge amount or massive variety of animals. Although in saying this, it is apparent that the animals are very well looked after as I have seen them all (without exception) using a different number of enrichment items, the enclosures are very clean and of a good size and they generally all look happy.
Banham Zoo's more popular animals include the Sri Lankan Leopard (the only representatives of this species in the UK), Siberian Tiger, Meerkat, Snow Leopard, Cheetah, Black Footed Penguin, South African Fur Seal, Giraffe, Grevy's Zebra, Emu, Red Kangaroo and Chilean Flamingo amongst others. However, the Zoo is also home to a lot of interesting species that are not that well known.
In summary, Banham Zoo is a lovely day out with a healthy variety of species to see roaming around clean and sizeable enclosures :)
We thorougly enjoyed our visit to this zoo. We thought that nearly all the enclosures were very generous in size compared to a lot of other zoos, and the animals looked very well looked after and none were pacing around.
We didn't go to see any of the feeding times that are paced throughout the day, but we went to the animal show at 12:30 which was great fun and informative, everyone old and young seemed to enjoy it.
The zoo is quite spacious and pleasant to walk around, although it is a bit hard to plan a route to see everything, you find you have to backtrack a bit. Most zoos have this problem, I would like to see a highlighted route that you can follow which takes in everything so you can just walk without too much map reading.
The eateries were fairly standard for such a zoo, my only gripe with the hotdog I had was that there was no onion.
As someone who enjoys photography, I appreciated lots of animals that didn't have chain link fences and grubby glass getting in the way, some of the shots I got of the Meercats were wonderful.
While we don't have kids, we could see that this zoo is very family friendly.
Probably the best zoo I've ever been too. Good range of animals. Regular feeding/talks throughout the day meant we stayed the entire day.
The bird display was amazing - having the falcon and barrel owls flying over our heads! Awesome photos!
On the day, booked Giraffe feeding for two. The Giraffe enclosure is impressive and for £7.50 each, we were able to feed them from a special pier!! Awesome value for money!
Food was ok - chilli and chips was fine, with my wife saying the chips were the best she's tasted.
Going to recommend to all my friends.
Banham zoo has a huge free car park next to the entrance with areas to picnic in. The entrance clean and has a gift shop as part of it. There is also a re-entry facility so you can pop to and fro to the car and get let back in again. The zoo itelsef is packed full of animals, including some superb big cats, monkey houses and a sloth. There are displays, feeding sessions, education points, and plenty of lavatories, picnic areas, wash stations all around the park. There are plenty of indoor elements too and a lovely penguin area. There is a smaller animals area with animals you can feed safely. There are eating facilities at the zoo, a lovely adventure playground and also a road train with a commentary included. It is a super palce to spend any amount fo time you have to spare. There is a heavy horse section too with a museum elemnt about rural life in times gone by. It's worth spending the day as entrance is not cheap. However it is all on the flat and is very buggy/wheelchair friendly.
I havent visited in a while I went about 10 years ago and I was amazed at how expensive it was. There isnt much cvariety of animals and the gift shop expensived also. I think the opening hours is not so good. Nevertheless one for the kids.
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