Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Located in the heart of Battersea Park, Battersea Park Children’s Zoo was founded in 1951 and is now privately owned by the Heap family. Whilst it does not a have a large and diverse number of animals, it is particularly suited to children.

Here they can help feed the farm animals, spy on the meerkats in the secret lookout tunnel, and get inside a real tractor and life-sized fire engine. Some of the animals kept here include meerkats, otters, monkeys, pigs, donkeys, ring tailed lemurs, rabbits, chipmunks, coati, maras, Scottish wildcats and wallabies as well as birds and reptiles.

Battersea Park covers 200-acres on the south bank of the River Thames and was opened in 1853 as the second non-royal London park. The most famous feature of the park is the Japanese Peace Pagoda, which was built in 1895. It was built by Japanese Buddhists and contains 4 golden Buddhas surrounded by a Portland stone Pagoda. To add atmosphere there are some beautiful Canadian fir trees planted around it.

Opening Hours
From April to September the zoo is open daily from 10am until 5pm. For the remainder of the year it is open from 10am until 4.30pm or dusk.

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Battersea Park
Chelsea Bridge Gate

Location Map

+44 (0)20 7924 5826

Getting There
The park is 1 kilometre south from Sloane Square tube station or you can catch a train from Waterloo station to Queenstown Road.

Take the tube to Sloane Square then bus 137.

Nearest Tube / Rail Station
Sloane Square

Bus Routes
19, 44, 49, 137, 156, 170, 239, 314, 319, 344, 345, 452

The zoo is fully accessible for wheelchair and mobility scooter users and there are disabled toilet facilities.

Guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs for the deaf are permitted in the zoo.