If you're planning to travel to Twycross Zoo by train, we recommend heading to Nuneaton or Atherstone station and continuing your journey by bus or taxi. The number 7 bus has one direct service a day from Atherton station to the zoo, departing just after 10:00. Alternatively, a taxi from Atherstone will take around 10 minutes - but book ahead, as there is no rank. Nuneaton station has a rank, and taxi journeys from there will take around 15 minutes.
A day at Twycross Zoo is a great day out for all the family. Learn all about the animal kingdom and get up close to hundreds of animals from around the world. There are plenty of fun activities, talks and events that everyone will enjoy.
Visit the Twycross Zoo official website for opening information.
Twycross Zoo is based in 80 acres of landscape, and boasts a wide range of wildlife including Asian elephants, snow leopards, meerkats, tapir, hyena, and the Amur leopard, the world's rarest big cat. But it's monkeys that Twycross Zoo really excels at. Its renowned World Primate Centre showcases all four great ape species, including the UK's only group of bonobos. Zoo founders Molly Badham and Nathalie Evans started out running a pet shop in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, and opened Twycross Zoo in 1963 in order to preserve primates and set high animal welfare standards. It's a mission that remains to this day - Twycross Zoo's impressive breeding program has recorded the first UK births for thirteen different primate species, including the siamang, agile gibbon and woolly monkeys.
For kids, the zoo is exceptional. Its Nature Reserve-style enclosures are the perfect way to view leaping lemurs and parading penguins. There are regular zookeeper presentations, as well as opportunities for visitors to feed some of the animals. The Tropical House is one of the zoo's exclusive tours, guided by a keeper and only available if booked in advance - inside you'll see rare birds, bats and other animals roaming free.