Research conducted by Visit England has revealed that the East of England’s wildlife centres are among the most popular in the country, with three out of the top ten paid for wildlife attractions from the east.

The research was based on 2009 visitor numbers to wildlife attractions. The most popular wildlife attraction in the East of England was Colchester Zoo which had 517,178 visitors last year, a 9% increase from 2008, and finishing third in the overall list.


Whispnade Zoo and Woburn Safari Park featured on the list coming in at fifth and sixth most popular paid for wildlife attractions with 475,036 and 447,745 visitors last year respectively.

Additional research was also conducted on the top 20 paid for attractions in the East of England, which revealed that the same three wildlife centres were the most visited attractions in the region. This was followed by Imperial War Museum Duxford, Banham Zoo, Ely Cathedral, Africa Alive, Dinosaur Adventure, Garden Hyde Hall and The Poppy Line.

Seven wildlife centres featured on the top 20 list with heritage sites being the second most popular type of attraction.

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