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(Updated 27th November 2021)

Is the Safari Park open?

We are open seven days a week for our Christmas Spectacular until 23rd December 2021, after which date we are closed for the winter.

Our opening hours vary:

Safari Park opening hours Last entry to drive-thru
Mondays to Thursdays
until 19th December
10:45am – 5:00pm 2:45pm
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 10:45am – 7:00pm 2:45pm
20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December 10:45am – 7:00pm 2:45pm


How do I book tickets to visit the Safari Park?

Tickets until the 23rd December are available to book on our website now.

Visitor numbers are limited, and tickets are not available to purchase at the gate. All visitors are required to book in advance. This includes our members, and anyone with a pre-purchased ticket or gift card. Tickets are non-refundable, so please ensure you choose a date and time that suits you.

Are COVID restrictions at the Safari Park still in place?

The Safari Park is located in Stirling local authority area, which, like the rest of Scotland, has moved beyond the protection level system.  You can read more about what this means here.

The Government have advised a cautious approach to the lifting of restrictions and, as such, many of our safety arrangements at the Safari Park remain in place. This includes the continued use of face coverings in indoor areas, a limit on visitor numbers, and a requirement for everyone to book in advance.  Some areas of the Safari Park will continue to operate differently, and some areas will remain closed – you will find more information on this below.

Will I require a COVID passport to visit the Safari Park?

There is no requirement for vaccine certification (or COVID passport)  to visit to the Safari Park.

You can find more information on the Scottish Government vaccine certification scheme here.

Is the Safari Park a safe place to visit?

We’re an open-air attraction situated in 160 acres of parkland, so there’s plenty of space for social distancing. We have a range of safety measures in place at the park and ask all our visitors to observe the rules we have set out on face coverings and social distancing. All our rules are in line with current guidance and are for the safety of our visitors and staff.

Will all areas of the Safari Park be open as usual?

There is still plenty to see and do, but there are a few changes to access around the park. Please see below for specific details about our facilities and attractions:

  • Our toilet facilities and baby-changing areas are open. You’ll need to wear a face covering to enter these indoor spaces.
  • Our gift shops are closed, but our traditional Christmas market, full of lovely produce from some of our favourite local businesses, is open every day from midday.
  • The indoor Food Court is closed, but we have lots to offer from our food and drink stalls. Try the amazing hot chocolate from our new hot chocolate bar or treat yourself to a piping hot pizza, straight from the wood-fired oven. We also have fresh crepes, burgers, yorkshire pudding wraps, tacos and hot deserts.  And don’t worry, for the grown-ups, there’s gin cocktails from local Stirling Gin. Yum.
  • There’re plenty undercover picnic tables available in our BBQ areas and new stretch tents.
  • Our BBQs are available and can be reserved on arrival. It is not possible to book these in advance.
  • Our Safari Bus is not running.
  • Our boat trip to Chimp Island is not running, but there a path for visitors to view this area on foot.  This footpath will be closed to visitors from mid-afternoon when it starts to get dark..
  • It is not possible for our live Keeper talks to take place, but these have been pre-recorded and can be accessed online here.
  • Our bird-of-prey display will take place twice a day, at 1 pm & 2.30 pm. Our sea lions are on holiday whilst their pool is being upgraded so there will be no sea lion presentation.
  • Our tiger viewing platform is now open for all visitors. Our tigers can be also viewed from an additional area in Pets Farm.  These viewing areas will be closed from mid-afternoon when it starts to get dark.
  • The indoor  elephant house is open, but will close from mid-afternoon when it starts to get dark.  You’ll need to wear a face covering to enter this building.
  • Lemur Land is open, but will close from mid-afternoon when it starts to get dark.  Due to the increased risk of Covid transmission to primates, visitors must wear face coverings to enter this area of the Safari Park.
  • Our usual amusement rides are open, along with lots of new festive rides including chairoplanes, a Santa train and a German Fun House.  You will need to purchase tokens for these rides in the Park.  Our soft play is currentlyclosed.
  • For Health & Safety reasons, our pedal boats, flying fox and astroglide slide are closed. However the play-park, including the giant Fort, mini Land Rovers and mini tractors, will be open. Our pedal carts are open.

Can I book a school visit?

The Scottish Government announced on 10th May that school trips to visitor attractions can recommence, provided their guidance is followed.  You can find the latest information here.

We are offering a special low rate for school and nursery visits in November and December of just £5 per pupil.  If you’d like to enquire about a reservation, please email us on

Can I book a group visit?

If you’d like to enquire about a large group booking or a special event in November and December, please email us on

How do I book or re-book my animal experience or Keeper for a Day experience?

We have restarted our animal experiences and have emailed everyone who has an outstanding experience with an invite to book a date.

Animal Experiences can be purchased from our website here – they’re a perfect Christmas gift.

I am a new member.  How do I pick up my membership card?

You can collect your membership card at the safari park on your first visit.

I have a question.  How can I get in touch?

The best way is via email at

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