Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens
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 three year it has continued to grow and is now home to over 130 species of animals including:
Ring Tailed Lemurs
Snakes and Capybaras
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 School & Zoo Club
Meerkat, Lemur and Reptile Experiences
Zoo Keeper For The Day
Animal Themed Birthday Parties
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 two 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!
Delve into Durham
Delve into Durham's amazing history with a break in 2018 and see the past come to life at award winning attractions and events. Don't miss the Bodies of Evidence exhibition at Palace Green Library or visit the majestic Durham Cathedral. Take a tour of Medieval Raby Castle, or visit the magnificent Bowes Museum. You could even take a tram ride!
Pets at Home
Head down to your local Pets at Home store during the summer holidays for a fantastic My Pet Pals activity workshop! Our My Pet Pals workshops help to teach children how rewarding pets can be and how to care for them responsibly. There's a truly hands-on approach to pet care, as well as loads of goodies..and the best bit is, it's all FREE! Book now