Enjoy a great family day out at one of the top tourist attractions in East Sussex. Drusillas is widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country and we’ve created an animal and child friendly, family environment where the focus is always on involvement. It is the perfect getaway for families with children, whether you are looking for things to do in Sussex on your holidays, enjoying a weekend break or simply having a fun day out with the kids. So, get nose to nose with nature and experience the most memorable fun finding out day out you can possibly imagine.
Animals are only half the fun at Drusillas! Our brilliant play areas including Go Wild! and Go Bananas! have masses of climbing, sliding, jumping and swinging fun, thoughtfully separated for different age groups. The interactive maze, Eden’s Eye, takes visitors on an adventure style quest through a host of different worlds and indoors there is Amazon Adventure, a state-of-the-art soft play complex. There are masses of things to do for kids of all ages.
Every day is a Thomas day at Drusillas with Thomas the Tank Engine, Annie and Clarabel offering a train service 362 days a year! Don’t miss Diesel around the track, James in the loco shed, Cranky at Sodor Docks and Bulgy the Bus. The Fat Controller also causes a locomotion when he alights at the Park to take control of the efficient running of the railway, see our event days for more details.
Come and explore our latest child-friendly themed attraction – Hello Kitty Secret Garden - which includes a specially designed Hello Kitty car ride, a tea cup ride and a “reach for the sky” hopper ride. And with a Hello Kitty bedroom, beauty parlour and meet and greet character days, it’s a fabulous Hello Kitty experience for the whole family.
First and foremost Drusillas is a zoo with a great range of exotic animals and an emphasis on education. There are so many things to do and learn and our interactive displays are all designed to bring learning to life. Don't miss the Zoolympics Challenge and remember to pick up your free Animal Spotter Book when you arrive. All in all Drusillas is one of the best family days out in Sussex with plenty of children's activities to keep kids happy and entertained.
Enjoy a great day out with the kids at Drusillas Park, the best small zoo in Sussex, many would say the UK! Award winning Drusillas Zoo Park is home to a wide range of animals, many of which are endangered species.
Established in the 1920s, Drusillas is now home to over 800 animals made up of 100 different species, including children's favourites such as monkeys, penguins, lemurs and meerkats. All of our staff work hard to keep our visitors and our animals happy and safe. For kids who want to get even closer to the action we offer Animal Feeding and Keeper for the Day experiences too.
You'll find animals ranging from endangered species such as exotic Red Pandas and Fennec Foxes to farmyard favourites such as pigs and donkeys. Conservation and animal welfare are of the upmost importance to us and we are proud members of BIAZA (The British Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and EAZA (The European Association of Zoos and Aquariums).
Drusillas welcomes visitors of all ages but the Park is especially suited to families with children under 12 years old. We have a wide range of attractions and play areas to keep the kids entertained, including jungle themed Go Bananas! for the under 6s and Go Wild! for kids age 7-12, not forgetting Amazon Adventure - our indoor soft play, Explorers Lagoon paddling pool and Eden's Eye interactive maze. We also provide baby changing facilities in all our toilets (except those next to the Discovery Centre).
We are home to the South's only permanent Thomas and Friends train ride featuring kids' favourites; Thomas the Tank EngineTM, Annie, Clarabelle, James the Red Engine, Diesel, Bulgy the Bus and Cranky the Crane! After your ride, why not visit the Station Buffet for a sweet treat or the Really Useful Gift Shop for a Thomas the Tank Engine gift?
Drusillas is a fully accessible day out, with disabled parking, low level viewing and is wheelchair friendly throughout.
The park also hosts a wide selection of food and drink outlets to suit all tastes and budgets.