Dudley Zoo & Castle - Daytrip, Birmingham
Dudley Castle was founded in 1071, and underwent many changes over the following centuries.
In 1530 it was rebuilt as a Renaissance palace, by John Dudley, During the Civil War the Castle was a Royalist stronghold, but surrendered in 1645 following the capture of Charles I. The living accommodation was used by the Earls of Dudley until 1750 when it was gutted by a huge fire which burnt for three days.
The Castle Keeper gives regular costumed talks about the history of the site and the people who lived there, and you can step back in time in the Visitor Centre to find out what really went on in the house and grounds.
There’s something for everyone at Dudley Zoo in the heart of the Black Country in a 50-acre wooded site.
It has more than 200 species of animal from across the World.The role of zoos has changed and are no longer simply an animal exhibition, but constantly striving for the survival of species on the brink of extinction.