Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Dudley Zoological Gardens, Castle Hill, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4QF

Contact: 01384 215313



From Lions and Tigers to Snakes and Spiders - Go Wild at Dudley Zoological Gardens. Come face to face with Lemurs as they roam freely in their woodland home. Watch Birds of Prey as they fly around the Castle. Meet furry friends down on the farm. Step inside Castle Creatures and discover the creepy crawlies that lived side by side with people in medieval times. Enjoy animal Creature Features and keeper talks to learn about the important conservation projects we carry out. Bring a picnic or dine in our licensed restaurant. Land train, fair rides, chair lift, face painting & more!

Why not include an Education session with your visit, we offer more than 60 workshops covering a diverse range of topics for children in early years up to college & university-aged students.

Our workshops are underpinned by the national curriculum and cover a variety of themes and topics from counting and colours for the youngest classes through to animal behaviour, conservation and architecture for Key Stage 4.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

DZG is unique . . . a zoo with hundreds of animals set around an 11th century castle incorporating the world’s largest single collection of Tecton buildings and the country’s only vintage chairlift – all sited on a 40-acre wooded hillside with a rich geological history.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

We are a Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction. We are also accredited members of BIAZA, EAZA and BALPPA.

What does a typical educational visit include?

We offer two types of visit. Either a self-guided visit or a pre-booked workshop session(s) led by one of DZG’s Education Presenters.

What group sizes do you cater for?

We cater for groups of 10 or more children.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

Available on request.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Visitors are welcome to take photos, videos or audio for their own personal use.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Risk assessments and / or 2 pre-visit vouchers are available to teachers on request, once a booking has been confirmed.

Does your venue have an education officer?

For all education enquires please contact Louise Curtis, Marketing Assistant. Call 01384 215313 or email

What is the cost of the visit?

Education groups - The following prices are applicable only to educational establishments, for groups of 10+ paying children

Adult / Leader / Teacher* £7.50

Child / Pupil / Student £6.50 (3-15 years)

Concessions £7.00 (young adult, 16-17 years)

* One free teacher/leader per 7 paying children/students

Special needs visitor groups - For groups of 6+ special needs visitors

Adult £7.50

Child £6.50

Concessions £7.00

Accompanying Carers £4.50

One Carer Admitted free with each paying disabled visitor

The above prices are for zoo admission only. A small additional fee per child is charged for workshop sessions. Full details of workshop prices are listed on our website.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

As a large outdoor attraction we recommend suitable outside clothes and appropriate footwear is worn.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

We have fully trained First Aid staff on site. If you require assistance please report to the Queen Mary Restaurant or Safari Gift Shop or alternatively speak to the nearest member of Zoo staff.

Please list facilities available.

The Queen Mary Restaurant is open all year round with a number of other seasonal catering outlets located around the site.

For packed lunches we have numerous benches & picnic areas located around the site and the option to pre-book an indoor eating area if preferred.

We have a large gift shop at the entrance/exit which sells a wide range of pocket money toys or for a hassle free shop we offer pre-order goody bags starting at £2 each.

What are your disabled facilities?

The nature of our historic site means that in parts the paths are steep and in some areas there are steps.

Training in disability awareness is a continuous process. In particular, Presenters, Keeping & Customer Service employees are trained to interpret and assist with all visitors’ needs.

We can provide a land train to assist visitors with access to the top of the site. If you require this service please call 01384 215313 for availability.

We welcome assistance dogs on site except in animal contact areas.

Disabled parking and drop off points are available.

Disabled facilities are available in all toilets.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10.00am. Last admission is 3pm in Winter & 4pm in Summer with the grounds closing 90 minutes later.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

All prices quoted are per student for a minimum group of 10 students & include admission to the Zoo and Castle for the entire day.

All sessions must be pre-booked and are subject to availability.

For bookings of 2 or more different sessions for the same group on the same day discounted prices are available.

One free teacher with every 7 paying students, additional adults at £7.50 per head.

For the ‘Down on the Farm’ Workshop the ratio is 1 free adult per 3 paying children, additional adults at £7.50 per head.

For Special Needs groups the ratio is 1 free adult per 2 paying students, additional adults with special needs groups at £4.50 per head.

Zoo sessions can accommodate a class size of 30 students. Horrible History sessions can accommodate a class size of 40 students. Larger groups will be split into more than one session.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Animal Welfare Castles Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Wildlife and Nature Zoos

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Business Studies Environmental Studies Food & Nutrition History Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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