To get the train to Whipsnade Zoo, you'll need to head for Luton or Hemel Hempstead, both about 10 miles from the zoo. Luton is on the Midland Main Line, with regular services from London St Pancras International, Brighton, Gatwick Airport and Bedford. Hemel Hempstead is on the West Coast Main Line with routes to London Euston, South Croydon, Milton Keynes Central and Northampton. The Centrebus X31 service links both stations with the zoo and runs from Monday to Saturday.
|Weekdays||05:45 - 21:45|
|Saturday||05:45 - 22:00|
|Sunday||06:45 - 21:45|
|Staffing level||Full time|
|Left Luggage Website||http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/lostproperty|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
ATM located in station entrance
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Staff Help notes|
Please phone the Helpline to ensure arrangements are in place on 0800 058 2844
|Customer help points||Unavailable|
|Everyday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Road|
|Carpark operator||National Car Parks Ltd|
|Car parking spaces||562|
|Cycle storage spaces||62|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
front Platform 5, rear Platform 1
|Step-free access||Part of station|
|Step-free access notes|
Lifts from street level (near bus station) to public overbridge allowing step free access to ticket hall. Level access from Hightown area. Footbridge with stairs to all platforms.
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Unavailable|
|Accessible taxis notes|
Accessible taxis are available
Whipsnade, or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to give it its proper title, is the UK's biggest zoo. The ZSL stands for Zoological Society of London, a conservation charity established in 1826 - it runs Whipsnade, along with London Zoo in Regent's Park. Set in 600 acres of parkland in the Chiltern Hills in Bedfordshire, Whipsnade first opened in 1931. Its iconic White Lion figure, which is marked out on the hill below the white rhino enclosure and can be seen from miles around, was created in 1933. Now the zoo is home to over 2,500 animals, many of which are endangered in their native wild habitats.
On a visit to Whipsnade you can get up close and personal with a mind-boggling array of creatures, from big stars such as lions, tigers, rhinos and elephants to the smaller species such as penguins, lemurs and red pandas. Meet tropical insects and reptiles in the Discovery Centre and Butterfly House, or take a trip to spot some of your favourite mammals on the Jumbo Express steam train. And for a totally unique sleepover experience you can book to stay overnight at the zoo in a Lookout Lodge.