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Battersea Park Zoo Review – All You Need to Know!

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is the perfect place to take the kids in the school holidays. It has over forty different animals, and various activities for different ages including an adventure playground, and feeding time talks. This post is my review of Battersea Park zoo.

Common Emu at Battersea Park Zoo
Common Emu. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

Battersea Park Zoo Review

In my review of Battersea Park zoo, I have included everything I think would be useful to know if you are planning to visit the zoo with young kids. This includes a list of animals, and information about the play areas, cafe, and gift shop. I have also included a map of the zoo.

What Animals do they have in Battersea Park Zoo?

Battersea Park zoo has a reptile house, meerkat enclosure, mouse house and a grassy area where they keep farm animals. Below are photographs of ten of my favourite animals that I saw when I visited Battersea Park Zoo.

1. Common Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel monkeys normally live in tropical rain and dry forests. They eat fruit, nuts, and insects, as well as small vertebrates, like tree frogs.

Common Squirrel Monkey
Common Squirrel Monkey. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

2. Harvest Mouse

Harvest mice are the smallest mice in Europe, weighing only 4g. They eat mostly seeds and insects, but also sometimes fruit and nectar. Close to the mouse house you will also find guinea pigs, rats and rabbits.

Harvest Mouse
Harvest Mouse. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

3. Striated Caracara

These giant birds can eat newborn lambs, and weak or injured sheep. You will find them next to the zoo cafe – in fact, one wall of the cafe is made from glass so you can see straight into their cage.

Striated Caracara
Striated Caracara. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

4. Common Emu

The two emus at Battersea Zoo are called Ant and Dec, and are siblings. Emus stand over six feet tall, and are usually found in woods, grassland, and desert areas.

Common Emu
Common Emu. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

5. Ring-Tailed Lemur

The lemurs are near the entrance to the zoo. These animals are from Southern Madagascar and eat mainly fruit and leaves.

Ring-Tailed Lemur
Ring-Tailed Lemur. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

6. Chinese Crocodile Lizard

Chinese Crocodile Lizards have two rigid rows of scales down their tails, like a crocodile’s tail. They are native to Southern China and Vietnam, where they live in subtropical forests near freshwater ponds, and slow moving streams.

Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Chinese Crocodile Lizard. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

7. Brown Capuchin

Brown tufted capuchins are intelligent monkeys that live in large groups in the wild. They are known for using tools, like sticks, to obtain food. They spend most of their time in the trees, and use their tails like an extra limb.

Brown Capuchin
Brown Capuchin. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

8. Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburras belong to the kingfisher family. They got their name from the noise they make when establishing their territory, which sounds like a laugh. It can be heard at any time of day, but usually at dawn or dusk.

Laughing Kookaburra at Battersea Park Zoo
Laughing Kookaburra. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

9. Grey Crowned Cranes

The Grey Crowned Cranes are 1 metre tall, and have a crown of striking golden feathers. They have long legs for wading through grasses and shallow bodies of water. 

Grey Crowned Cranes at Battersea Park Zoo
Grey Crowned Cranes. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

10. Bagot Goat

Bagot goats are one of the UK’s oldest documented goat breeds. The first written accounts appeared in 1389, and they are named after the original keeper of the herd, Sir John Bagot. These goats are very resilient to extreme weather conditions, and challenging lowland environments.

Bagot goats at at Battersea Park Zoo
Bagot Goats. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

Playground at Battersea Park Zoo

As well as the animals, Battersea Park Zoo has an adventure playground, with different play areas for different age groups.

For younger children there is a large sandpit, and chalkboards where they can draw their own animals. For older children, there is a real fire engine and helicopter for them to explore, plus climbing frames and slides.

The photographs below show the different areas of the playground.

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Large sand play area. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy
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Slide in adventure play area. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy
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Climbing frame for younger children. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy
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Sand pit with digger for younger children. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy
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Tractor in the play area for older children. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy
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Pond where children can steer a toy boat. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

Feeding Time Talks

Throughout the day the zoo has talks, where you can meet the zookeepers and learn more about the animals. There are usually around seven talks throughout the day. Below is the schedule on the day I visited.

Summer Feeding time talks

Gift Shop

Near the entrance to the zoo is a small gift shop, which sells mostly toy animals, puppets and children’s books.

Gift shop
Gift shop. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy


At the far end of the zoo is a small cafe selling ice cream, sandwiches, and drinks. If you bring a packed lunch they have a picnic area outside where you can sit, as well as plenty of seating inside.

Zoo Cafe
Zoo Cafe. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

Battersea Park Zoo Map

Below is a photograph of the zoo map that you are given when you arrive.

Battersea Park Zoo Map
Battersea Park Zoo map. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

Opening Hours

Battersea Park Zoo is open all year round, apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The opening times are shown below.

  • Spring and summer – 7 days a week, 10am-5:30pm, with last entry at 4:30pm
  • Autumn and winter – 7 days a week, 10am-4:30pm, with last entry at 4pm
Helicopter at Battersea Park Zoo
Helicopter for children to explore. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

Ticket Prices

The entrance fee for the zoo is shown in the table below. The zoo also offers annual memberships, if you want to go regularly.

Day Ticket Prices Price
Adult (16-59 years) £12.50
Child (2-15 years) £10.50
Child (under 2) Free
Students & Military (ID required) £11.50
Disabled adult (1 carer free) £11.50
Disabled child (1 carer free) £9.50
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Admission prices. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy
Battersea Park Zoo review
Membership prices. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

How to get to Battersea Park Zoo

The entrance to Battersea Park Zoo is close to the London Peace Pagoda. The closest gate is Chelsea Gate, which is on Queenstown Road, just south of Chelsea Bridge.

  • Overground train – the nearest stations are either Battersea Park or Queenstown Road.
  • Tube – the nearest tube stations are either Sloane Square on the Circle and District Line, or Battersea Power Station on the Northern Line
  • Bus – the buses which stop closest to the zoo are numbers 44, 452, and 137. Alight at ‘Chelsea Gate’ bus stop.
  • Driving – There are three car parks within Battersea Park (at Chelsea Gate, Rosery Gate, and Albert Bridge Gate). All the car parks are pay and display from Monday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays).

The exact location of the zoo is shown on the map below.

Donkey. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

FAQs About Battersea Park Zoo

What is the history of Battersea Park Children's zoo?

During the Festival of Britain in 1951, a zoo was created in Battersea Park. It was run by Wandsworth Council until 2003, when it was taken over by the Heap family, who own wildlife parks in Derbyshire and Hampshire.

Are dogs allowed at Battersea zoo?

Only guide dogs are allowed into Battersea zoo, but they are not allowed into the monkey area, for the welfare of the Capuchin Monkeys.

Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

Things to do When Visiting Battersea Park

If you are visiting Battersea Park zoo, why not visit other areas of the park while you’re there? Check out the links below for ideas.

Rabbit. Photograph by Olivia Herlihy

This post was a Review of Battersea Park Zoo

Battersea Park Zoo is a cute little zoo, and a great place to go on a family day out. Overall I thought there was a good selection of animals, and a lot of fun, educational activities for children.