The 11th century Dudley Castle is situated at the heart of the zoo, and is home to Castle Creatures an interactive medieval experience featuring live animals. The exhibit tells the story of the Earl of Dudley's family and explains the history of the castle. It houses animal exhibits showing how medieval folk lived in close proximity with species, such as rats and bats, as part of everyday life.
Dudley Zoological Gardens is unique: a zoo with Planet Earth’s rarest species set around an 11th century castle incorporating the world's largest single collection of Tectons. The structures have stood the test of time and eighty years on Dudley Zoo has the world's largest single collection of Tectons which in 2009 received World Monument Status.
There are lions and tigers, snakes and spiders. Go wild at Dudley Zoo! Come face-to-face with lemurs as they roam in the trees. Watch amazing birds of prey, feed nectar to colourful birds in Lorikeet Lookout, meet friends on the farm and look out for ghosts in the castle. Gift shop, restaurant, face painting and land train are all available.
The Zoo has the country’s only vintage chairlift all sited on a 40-acre wooded hillside with a rich geological history. The limestone of Castle Hill is composed of a 420 million-year-old prehistoric seabed!
There is the Queen Mary restaurant on site, toilet facilities and a large car parking area with a small charge. The Zoo is open every day at 10am except Christmas Day. Last admission in Winter is 3pm, Easter to September 4pm. For more information call +44 (0) 1384 215313.
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