Top Animal Attractions and Zoos in Norfolk

Norfolk has a fantastic variety of zoos and animal attractions in the area, from the beautiful Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens who are committed to conservation, to Amazona Zoo, filled with South American animals to get up close with. See the top animal attractions and zoos in Norfolk below!


Amazona Zoo, Cromer

Based in Cromer, famous for its delicious crabs and just under an hour’s drive from Hemsby Beach Holiday Park, Amazona Zoo is a wonderful zoo to visit if you’re looking to go for the day. With 200 animals calling the zoo home, there’s plenty to see and do, from flamingos to caimans, Geoffrey’s spider monkeys to jaguars, as well as their educational Yurt where you can learn all about South America and the animals that live there!


Pettitts Animal Adventure Park, Reedham

Just half an hour’s drive from Hemsby Beach Holiday Park is Pettitts Animal Adventure Park. Especially fantastic for little ones, Pettitts has gentle rides, outdoor adventure play and, of course, lots of animals to see and sometimes cuddle! From domestic animals like rabbits and guinea pigs to exotic ones such as ring-tailed lemurs and racoons, the kids will love meeting all of the animals at Pettitts!


Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Aylsham

A little under an hour’s drive from Hemsby Beach Holiday Park is Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Aylsham. Devoted to the care and rescue of horses, ponies, and donkeys, and the Aylsham branch of this Norfolk-born-and-bred horse sanctuary is home to 50 residents. You and the kids can get up and close with the rescued horses at Redwings, from giving them a cuddle to learning about the important work Redwings does for horses and donkeys across the country! Perfect for horse lovers.


SEALIFE Centre, Great Yarmouth

When considering animal attractions and zoos in Norfolk, why not visit the SEALIFE Centre on Great Yarmouth

For fans of the ocean and aquatic life, the popular Sea Life Centre in Great Yarmouth sits on the seafront, and is filled with sharks, penguins and all types of fish! For those who want to get up close and personal with the sea life, the centre has fantastic interative Rockpools where you can stroke a sea anemone, feel the shell of a crab, and more! For those a little less brave, there’s the fantastic Tropical Ocean display, where you can walk through the Ocean Tunnel to see the inhabitants of the Sea Life Centre’s very own ‘Lost City of Atlantis’ – complete with sharks!


Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Thrigby

One of the animal attractions and zoos in Norfolk is Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens with a wide range of big cats and tigers!

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens in Filby are home to a number of rare species, including the Amur Leopard, the Sumatran Tiger, and the Sulawesi Credit Macaques monkey. There are also a number of other animals at Thrigby, including crocodiles, alligators, and snakes in the Swamp House, as well as other monkeys including Gibbons and cats including domestic-sized Leopard Cat and Asian Golden Cat. Plus, there are smaller mammals, such as the Asian Small-clawed Otter, and a number of rodents to see including cavies, mice, rats, gerbils, and more! A fun day out for all the family.


Please check with attraction before travelling for correct information and pricing. Last reviewed 18 April 2017.
Photo of aquarium at SEALIFE Centre by David Street. Photo of big cat at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens by Andrew Florides, both photos courtesy of Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
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