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Lakeside view

Visitors have been able to enjoy the view of the lake over tea and cake since the zoo first opened – our guidebook from 1930 shows a café in the location of the Island Restaurant. The lake also provided the focus for a trip on the Jungle Express: the popular miniature railway which ran from 1940 until its final departure in 2022.

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The view over the lake onto the tea room.
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The café was a central gathering point for visitors.
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The Jungle Express miniature railway was a popular feature of the zoo from 1940 until 2022.
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A colourised photo of the Lakeside Station.

The garden in front of the restaurant is still a popular lunch spot today.
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Aerial view of the restaurant.
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The Jungle Express looped around the main lake for a different perspective of the zoo.
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