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Tripadvisor best theme park and zoos within 2 hours’ drive of Nottingham

With travel and holidays abroad looking full of disruption this summer, people will be wanting to stay closer to home for fun ways to spend their time.

Thankfully, Nottingham being so central in the country means there’s plenty of options to have some great days out with just a couple of hours of driving.

From large theme parks, safari parks, zoos and amusements on the coast, there are plenty of choices to spend a great day with friends and family.

This weekend (June 12/13) looks set to be a scorcher with highs of 25/26C forecast, so hopefully, some of these outdoor days out will tickle your fancy for a booking.

Here are some of the top-rated zoos and theme parks within two hours’ drive of Nottingham, according to Tripadvisor.

Sundown Adventureland

Sundown Adventureland is a children’s theme park in Rampton, Nottinghamshire, UK. It originally opened as a farmyard in 1968 and is owned by the Rhodes family.

As of 2020, it had over 20 rides and attractions.



Sundown Adventureland near Retford has been ranked in the Top 25 amusement parks in Europe
Sundown Adventureland near Retford has been ranked in the Top 25 amusement parks in Europe

Twycross Zoo

A firm favourite with families, this Leicestershire zoo and conservation charity is around 30 miles from Nottingham city centre and can be reached in as little as around 40 minutes depending upon route and traffic, according to Google maps. The zoo is now open with exception of indoor areas, including soft play and cafes and tickets are available via the website.

Famous for its primates, the zoo is home to a huge variety of monkeys and apes, but also has a range of animals – around 500 in fact and 125 species ranging from Eastern Black Rhino, Zebra and Giraffe to creepy crawlies.

Drayton Manor Theme Park and Thomas Land



Drayton Manor Theme Park and Zoo
Drayton Manor Theme Park and Zoo

Home to Thomas Land, Wildlife Parks and adrenaline-pumping rollercoasters, Drayton Manor Theme Park is an all-rounder.

The site has opened its outdoor attractions including over 100 rides and attractions and the 15-acre zoo.

Alton Towers Theme Park

Open again for adrenaline thrills and CBeebies giggles, Britain’s most famous theme park is back

Pre-booking your tickets is essential and that the resort will be operating on reduced capacity to help manage social distancing. You’ll need to pre-booking via the website.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Just over an hour away from Nottingham city centre is Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Auckley. The zoo has around 400 animals and over 70 different species including polar bears. You can book your tickets via the website.

Fantasy Island Ingoldmells



Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells
Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells

This one lives in the memory for its sheer scale of the tall rollercoasters that can be seen for miles away as you approach the Lincolnshire coast.

Popular with many Nottinghamshire tourists, the family theme park and resort has rollercoasters, rides, soft play, live entertainment and markets with plenty of bargains.



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