- Paradise Wildlife Park is a parent’s paradise; with so much to see, the whole family will be entertained for hours.
- There are over 800 animals to see, from classic kid favourites like lions and tigers, to some lesser-known animals like the tamarin.
- Paradise Wildlife Park does a great job in making the whole park family-friendly and accessible, and a place that everyone can enjoy.
- One of the best things to do in Hertfordshire, there are wild animals and attractions for a family day full of animal adventure.
- The park is home to the National Speedway Museum, because its founder Peter Sampson was a former speedway racer!
Paradise Wildlife Park is a zoo in Hertfordshire, just north of London, and is perfect for those looking for a zoo near the capital. It boasts an impressive portfolio of wild animals, from white lions and ocelots to penguins and tropical birds. Boasting a stunning 32 acres (129,000 square metres) of space, chances are, you might spend around three hours walking around: two hours admiring the zoo animals, and another hour being wowed at World of Dinosaurs.
As proof that Paradise Wildlife Park is a zoo and much more, the Tumble Jungle Soft Play area is one of the best for those in Hertfordshire and North London. It’s also a brilliant setting for a birthday party! In addition to this, there are five other play areas: Monkey Mayhem, Funland, Fantasyland, Adventureland and the Discover and Learn Play area. With plenty of seating all around, parents can relax while watching their kids running around and having a go at the assault course. Discover and Learn has accessible play equipment, specially tailored for wheelchair users - no-one gets left out in this incredible park, so it's perfect for inclusive fun.
This unique animal park allows an amazing level of safe interaction with the animals; some can be touched and even fed with the park’s feeding bags, specially-prepared for the animals. What’s more, there are over 800 animals to see: some popular, some unfamiliar and some on the verge of extinction. This remarkable park is undoubtedly among the top things to do in Hertfordshire.
After feeding the animals and letting off some steam in the playground, take a moment to relax and be entertained by the park’s animal shows, or head to the Krazy Sands area for some creative animal crafts. There is so much to learn at the nearby Tropical Rainforest Zoo Experience, as well as from the farmyard with sheep, guinea pigs, rabbits and rats. For those warm summer months where a splash in a pool is all you want, Paradise Lagoon Splash Pool is the perfect spot to cool off.
Why not try your hand at some crazy golf while you’re there; the 18-hole course at Safari Adventure Golf really makes it seem like you’re playing golf in a safari park, with animal statues dotted around (sometimes in your way) and tons of themed décor.
Got any dinosaur fanatics in your troop? They'll love the World Of Dinosaurs. Consider it Paradise Wildlife Park’s way of saying that if dinosaurs weren’t extinct, they would be at this park too. There are 30 life-size animatronic dinosaurs roaming the attractions, roaring and snapping for all to hear. The thrill at World of Dinosaurs is incredible and, frankly, unimaginable - you’d have to be there for yourself to believe it. While there, take a tour on the Dinosaur Train Ride, ‘Rex Express’, and wind your way through, getting as close to the creatures as possible.
With plenty of animals, crazy golf, a museum and dinosaur trail, Paradise Wildlife Park is more than your average zoo.
What to know before you go
- Paradise Wildlife Park Broxbourne opens at 9.30am and closes at 6pm, every day.
- When it comes to eating, you have a choice of three outlets on the premises. At either Tiger Treetops Café, Tumble Jungle Food or Safari Diner, there are a number of different hot and cold food options. You could even buy some snacks, or a kids’ meal box. Refreshments, covered.
- Fancy a picnic? Go for it. There’s a large area by the Speedway Museum which is covered - perfect for a picnic in the shade on a sunny day.
- Paradise Wildlife Park is buggy and wheelchair-friendly. Wheelchairs can be borrowed from Paradise Park free of charge, though a refundable deposit must be left.
- There are food warming facilities for parents and babies at The Safari Diner and the Tumble Jungle indoor play area.
- Baby-changing facilities are available in the toilets in the main car park, in the middle of the Park and at Tumble Jungle.
- The nearest station is Broxbourne, which is on the West Anglia mainline. Broxbourne station is around 10 minutes away from Paradise Wildlife Park.
- Paradise Wildlife Park is just off the A10, close to Junction 25 of the M25. There are brown and white tourist signs around to lead you.
- Parking at Paradise Wildlife Park's four car parks is free.