Brent Lodge Park Animal Centre is in Hanwell, West London. It is a small centre with a variety of animals and birds, including meerkats, as well as domestic animals such as rabbits, chickens and pigs. And best of all it is free! Although you can make a donation if you wish.
Brent Lodge Park Animal Centre is not a large place, so idea for younger kids to wander around. Plus it is surrounded by a larger park with a popular playground, providing more space to let off steam. There is also a cafe to pick up a coffee or snack. Although the park setting means you can easily find a spot for a picnic.
We visited on a weekday afternoon in June and it was not crazily busy. It would be a good place to pop for an hour or two if you are in the area. Especially as it is free. I am not sure that I would recommend making a special trip. My baby wasn’t particularly impressed; at eight months I think she was a little too young to care. For this reason, I didn’t pay the small fee for burrerfly and reptile houses. However, I will definitely go back this summer now she is walking and more likely to be interested in the animals. Or the playground at least.
We walked up from Hanwell station then wandered around the zoo. We used a sling, but it is perfectly accessible with a buggy. The highlights for me animal wise were some cheeky goats and the meercats. I think this is a great little local place, so was more than happy to leave a donation to support it. And after all the walking, the coffee and slice of cake in the cafe was a welcome treat.
- 1 April – 28 September 10am-6pm
- 29 September – 29 March 10am-4pm
Bus: E1, E3, 207, 83
Car: there is a small free carpark