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Expensive or realistic?

My daughter is keen to take the little ones to London Zoo sometime this year. Off peak the current price is £20.50 per adult (up to 3's are free). She was horrified and thought this was extortionate - and of course we would have our train fares to pay - let alone, heaven forbid, having a coffee! Bill also thought it was expensive, and high enough to be off puttting to the general public - what do you think?

Posted at 22nd Mar 2012 - 07:21PM   Posted by Faith   Expensive or realistic? Comments: 9

Toady's Avatar Think it's extortionate but most entertainments are now. If you look at concert and theatre tickets, sports and theme park entrances I suppose it's not too far out the way.

Posted by: Toady on 22nd Mar 2012 at 08:24PM

Ivy's Avatar It sounds very expensive but then I checked the prices for our zoo and it is 20,-€ for an adult up to 4 year olds are free and if you want to see the aquarium too you are in for an other 14,-€
I think this is an awful lot of money and really wonder how so many people manage to go there given the monthly child allowance for sports, music-lessons or educational use is supposed to be 20,-€. Zoo only for the better off? Well it shouldn't be but our zoo is privately owned. Frankfurt zoo only charges 8,00 per day and children up to 6 are free....

Posted by: Ivy on 22nd Mar 2012 at 09:00PM

CalicoKate's Avatar Shocked Good grief! Far better to play in the park and feed the ducks. I don't like zoos and whilst I accept that they have a place, sort of, I find them incredibly depressing and appallingly sad places. What about going to a local 'petting' farm or wild life park instead?

Posted by: CalicoKate on 22nd Mar 2012 at 09:04PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I've been checking around out of interest.
Chessington zoo
Adult £27.72 Child £20.16 Conc. £20.16
Dudley Zoo
Adult £13.00 Child and Conc. £10.50
Whipsnade Zoo
Adult £19.50 Child £15.00 Conc. £18.00
Bristol Zoo
Adult £14.50 Child £8.75 Conc. £12.50
Antwerp Zoo
Adult 21€ Child 17€ ηonc 14€
Some of the prices include a voluntary donation which you can subtract and some offer cheaper prices for family groups and/or booking online
Some of the zoo have more animals/features than others but it does make it an expensive day out. But if you pick a nice day weatherwise and take a picnic you can make the pleasure last longer.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 22nd Mar 2012 at 09:56PM

Lily's Avatar Seems a lot to me but it is in line with other attractions. The Eden project in Cornwall has a special £5.00 annual ticket for "locals" (Cornwall + Devon). I think probably as a result of falling ticket sales due to high entry cost.
I think children are often just as happy doing simpler things such as trip to the park, walk in the countryside lamb spotting etc.

Posted by: Lily on 22nd Mar 2012 at 10:32PM

Faith's Avatar I can't believe Chessington is MORE! I was going to check that out too. It's true that the little ones would be perfectly happy whatever we did - it's my daughter that wants to go. I don't find zoos depressing nowadays CK but I can remember (or think I can remember!) when the big cats, possibly the tiger, just had a big circular cage had london zoo with nothing in it.

Posted by: Faith on 23rd Mar 2012 at 07:25AM

Inthemud's Avatar Marwell Zoo nr Southampton is £12 for adults.

Chessington usually has some Buy one get one free vouchers around

I don't really highly rate London Zoo, the conditions are still quite cramped.

Posted by: Inthemud on 23rd Mar 2012 at 09:18AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I guess rising feed costs and falling visitor numbers have their effects.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 23rd Mar 2012 at 10:17AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Yes agree with FN - the animals need to be fed and vets fees paid just for starters and none of those costs are getting any cheaper . . . Like CK I also think that zoos are so very wrong especially with the bigger animals.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 23rd Mar 2012 at 10:40AM

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