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Welcome to Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens

Thank you for your interest in visiting us. We are only open at weekends and school holidays. For more information on our opening times please see our Opening Times page.


With cotton top tamarins from the tropical forests of South America, porcupines from Africa, our amazing new aquatics centre and all the kids’ favourites in our PETALZ petting barn, you can enjoy a fun filled family day out in Northumberland.

What’s more, with regular handling sessions and talks by our zoo keepers throughout the day, there’s something to entertain everyone!


Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens opened in 2011 and over the past six years it has continued to grow and is now home to over 200 species of animals including:
Ring Tailed Lemurs
Snakes and Capybaras

For a full list of the animals you can look forward to seeing at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens see our animals.

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens offers both an educational and fun day out and we pride ourselves on offering enclosures that replicate all of our species natural habitats. A number of our animals are also part of international breeding programmes, helping to preserve endangered populations in the wild.

For all of you animal lovers out there we offer a wealth of opportunities for you to get up close and personal with a variety of creatures including:

Zoo Club
Animal Experiences
Zoo Keeper Experiences
Volunteering Opportunities
Animal Themed Birthday Parties
Student Placements
Rolling programme of events
And much much more!

After years of hard work Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens were delighted to gain full membership of BIAZA in April 2014.

The zoo achieved the membership by completing a mentoring scheme with members of two BIAZA associated zoo collections. All areas of the zoological gardens were assessed during a series of mentor visits including record keeping, welfare of animals, ethical review process, licensing, diets, education and health and safety. 

This membership places Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens in a unique position alongside just three other college collections in the UK that have BIAZA membership and over 100 other leading zoological collections in the UK.

As well as our vast collection of animals you can wander through and enjoy our lovely walled, woodland and ornamental garden,

We also have a play area, picnic areas, a tea room and gift shop, 120 metre zip wire, high ropes and a regular programme of fun kids’ activities.

A fun day out for all of the family!

For more information on admission times, prices and facilities see About Us

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