Dudley Zoo

Dudley Zoological GardensDudley Zoo has long been the home to some of the world's biggest, rarest and most exotic animals. Among the many endangered species, the zoo is helping save the Asiatic lions, Sumatran tigers, lemurs and penguins. Apart from the animals, the zoo has events and other attractions throughout the year.

Dudley Zoo is unique in our experiences because the zoo is located on a hill with a large castle integrated as part of the grounds.  You walk a circular route up the hill with the animal exhibits viewed along the way.  At the top of the hill you find the remains of Dudley Castle which was founded in the Norman style around 1071.

The castle was rebuild in 1530 as a Renaissance palace by John Dudley who was later beheaded by Queen Mary for hatching the ill-fated plot to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne. During the Civil War the Castle was a Royalist stronghold but surrendered in 1646 following the defeat of Charles I at Naseby.

The living accommodation was used by the Earls of Dudley until 1750 when it was gutted by a huge fire which burned for three days. By then the family had moved to nearby Himley Hall, but continued to hold the site and were responsible for founding Dudley Zoo in 1937.

Throughout the year costumed talks about the history of the site and the people who lived there are available.  There is a Visitor Center where you can find out what really went on in the house and grounds. For those who like to enter into the spirit of the occasion there are Ghost Walks where you may bump into one of the infamous characters that are reputed to haunt the site.  In addition, you can attend ‘living history’ weekends, medieval re-enactments and archery demonstrations in the Courtyard.

The lemur experience The reward of climbing up the hill is a castle ruin to visit.

Map of Dudley Zoo and Castle


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Lambs born at Dudley Zoo in time for Easter - expressandstar.com
Lambs born at Dudley Zoo in time for Easter  expressandstar.com

Three new baby lambs are born in the Barbary Sheep Enclosure as Easter hovers its head around the corner.

Dudley Zoo to host Easter fun - Hereford Times
Dudley Zoo to host Easter fun  Hereford Times

DUDLEY Zoo promises an egg-cellent time for families this Easter thanks to the newly refurbished lemur wood.

WATCH: Three baby badgers spotted at Dudley Zoo - expressandstar.com
WATCH: Three baby badgers spotted at Dudley Zoo  expressandstar.com

Three baby badger cubs have been spotted in an enclosure at Dudley Zoological Gardens.

Gin and tonic and orangatans? Dudley Zoo is hosting a gin tasting event - Birmingham Live
Gin and tonic and orangatans? Dudley Zoo is hosting a gin tasting event  Birmingham Live

Dudley Zoological Gardens is hosting a gin tasting evening at the end of March.

Dudley Zoo's black bear dies aged 38 - Birmingham Live
Dudley Zoo's black bear dies aged 38  Birmingham Live

Inca had outlived the typical life expectancy of her species by more than a decade.

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