Opening times

11 am on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

Type of place
Habitat
Area
Orange zone
Status
Open
Facilities

Wheelchair accessible

Tickets now available!

Join us as an honorary zookeeper for a flipping good time!

For a whole 90 minutes, see what goes on behind-the-scenes at London Zoo's Penguin Beach and experience exactly what it's like to look after our curious colony of penguins.

Boots on, we'll get you cleaning, preparing the penguins' food for the day, learning how we conduct basic health-checks, and finish up by giving the penguins a feed!

This is an intimate experience for up to four people only and in a relaxed environment, so that you have plenty of opportunity to ask everything you've ever wanted to know about penguins and life behind-the-scenes at London Zoo.

To help us protect our penguins and to prevent the spread of avian influenza, participants will be asked to change into wellington boots that are provided, before entering the beach. Please avoid direct contact with poultry or game birds in the 14 days prior to your experience. If you have come into contact with poultry or game birds within this time frame, please contact us

Participant on penguin keeper experience

Prices

Tickets are £115 each. Zoo admission is sold separately.

Disability carers may come along to support a participant, free of charge. Should you require wheelchair access or an essential carer, please put this on the participant form at checkout.

ZSL Gold Members, Patrons, and Fellows receive a 10% discount on this experience. Please enter your CRM ID found on the back of your membership card in the Offer Code box.

Customers who have booked an overnight stay at our London Zoo Lodges receive 15% off this experience if booked for either side of their stay.

 

Know Before You Book

  • For participants with a disability or learning difficulty, please email us for advice before purchasing any of our experiences.
  • Children must be at least 8 years old to take part. Any children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult who must also purchase a 'Penguin Keeper experience' ticket.
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers cannot participate.
  • Please see our full terms and conditions for more information.

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A visitor holds a clipboard in front of penguins at Penguin Beach
Participants on penguin experience weighing out fish

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  • Two Humboldt penguin chicks in a keepers hands
    5 December 2022

    How a penguin lays an egg

    Watch one of our penguins lay their first ever eggs in their nest, which is called a scrape.

  • 'Some penguins are gay, get over it' sign at London Zoo with penguins
    26 June 2019

    Some penguins are gay. Get over it.

    Zookeepers have made a special mini banner for the Penguin Beach home of the Zoo’s most famous gay residents, Humboldt penguins Ronnie and Reggie, paying homage to Stonewall’s groundbreaking ‘Get Over It.’ campaign. 

  • Humboldt penguin underwater swimming at London Zoo
    Spheniscus humboldti

    Humboldt penguin facts

    Humbolt penguins are from the beaches of Peru and Chile, and can swim speeds of up to 30mph!

  • Penguins at Lubetkin penguin pool at London Zoo designed by Berthold Lubetkin
    Pioneering Berthold Lubetkin design

    Lubetkin penguin pool

    Our Lubetkin Penguin pool at London Zoo is iconic. The sweeping spiral ramps kick-started a new era for British architecture, and inspired an enduring love of penguins in the British public.

  • Humboldt penguin on Penguin Beach
    25 April 2019

    Keepers'-eye view of Penguin Beach

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