The Best Zoos Near Derby

A fun day out for all the family.

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Updated 02/07/2024
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If you're looking for somewhere to take the kids or just love animals, then find out where the nearest zoos are to Derby.


1. Twycross Zoo - Little Orton, Leicestershire

Set in the heart of England on the Leicestershire/Warwickshire border, Twycross Zoo is a internationally recognised conservation charity and award-winning visitor attraction, giving visitors a day out with a difference. Twycross Zoo is fun for all the family to enjoy, with hundreds of amazing animals, outdoor play areas, splash pad, indoor soft play and The Gruffalo Discovery Land. The zoo spans across 100-acres and exists to support conservation, education and research of some of the most endangered species on the planet.

Learn more about Twycross Zoo.


2. Melbourne Animal Farm - Melbourne, Derbyshire

Petting farm with a range of farm animals.

Join Melbourne Animal Farm for fun and animal cuddles.

Learn more about Melbourne Animal Farm.


3. Peak Wildlife Park - Leek, Staffordshire

Peak Wildlife Park, nestled in the picturesque heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, is a unique wildlife attraction that combines conservation, education, and entertainment for visitors of all ages. With its commitment to preserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable practices, the park has rapidly become one of the UK's most beloved wildlife destinations.

Learn more about Peak Wildlife Park.


4. Matlock Farm Park - Matlock, Derbyshire

Matlock Park Farm

Animal lovers can be any age, so come along to award winning Matlock Farm Park to enjoy a day meeting, feeding and petting a whole range of friendly native and non-native animals. With super play areas for the children too, such as its indoor Rainforest playcentre the Enchanted Hamlet and UK's largest jumping pillow, there's always plenty to do. Join in with guided activities, pop in to the cafe and wander at leisure taking in the glorious countryside. 

Learn more about Matlock Park Farm


5. Tropical Birdland - Desford, Leicester

Transport yourself to a part of the world not many get to see. Tropical Birdland is a land of sounds, stunning colour and incredible birds, where you can reflect on conservation and the endangered tropical bird species that share our planet.

Learn more about Tropical Birdland


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