Lion Experience in the UK 🦁

From £75

Our lion encounter gives you the chance to feed our pride.

Priced at £75 (or £90 including a day entry ticket) and suitable for ages 16 and up. Your lion feeding experience will last at least 20 minutes.


What’s included in the lion feeding experience?

– The opportunity to hand feed the lions from a skewer

– Lion keeper Q&A – ask all of your lion questions

– Souvenir lion cuddly toy, made with 100% recycled material and filling ♻️

– Personalised experience certificate signed by the keeper

4.98 / 5

128 Reviews


Not ready to book a date yet? Then check out our lion experience gift vouchers for the perfect gift for your lion-loving loved ones.

What happens on a lion feeding experience?

You’ll be up close to our magnificent pride on this feeding experience.

You’ll be welcomed by one of our lion keepers and after a short briefing you’ll be feeding our magnificent pride. When our lionesses see you they’ll be right over for a feed. But maybe not Hugo, he’s too busy being marvellous most of the time. Nothing will prepare you for seeing these magnificent animals up close.

You’ll be feeding our lions chunks of meat, on a skewer through the fence. You’ll be so close you can count their teeth!

Before you feed a lion you’ll be given a talk about lions and conservation by our keepers. This is also your chance to ask the keepers all about our lions, after all, they know them best.

Your lion feeding experience will last at least 20 minutes.  It includes a cuddly toy lion to take home to remember your special day.

By taking part in a lion feeding encounter, or by adopting a lion, you’re supporting our conservation work.

Need to know

This experience usually takes place inside the lion house where only the participants can enter. Sometimes it will take place outside of the house so you will be on view to the general public.

Lion experiences must be booked well in advance as there’s only one session available per day for a maximum of two people from the same household.

Our lion experience is only suitable for those aged 16 or over.

You can read our full animal experiences terms and conditions here.

Hugo the lion
Banner Background Image

Adopt a lion

Our adoption gift packs make a roar-some gift for lion fans - and each sale raises funds for our conservation partners!

Tell me more
Lion pride at Folly Farm
Banner Background Image

Lion Reserve

Meet our pride of lions - handsome Hugo, his mate Luna and daughters Zahra, Sola, Ebele and Alika

Our pride
Luna the lion and two cubs
Banner Background Image


Watch our pride on our live webcam. They're probably doing what big cats do best - lying around!

Watch live

Lion feeding reviews...

"I cannot truly express how grateful I was to be so close to Hugo, Luna and their cubs and to be able to feed them and learn about them. The keeper was very informative and willing to answer all questions. It will certainly be embedded into my core memories and will be recommending to friends and family. Thank you so much."

Chris Brimble, Newport, 24 March 2024

"The lion experience (including feeding) was truly amazing. Our keeper Megan really took a lot of time telling us about each and every lion and their different personalities. We will definitely be booking a return visit so we can take part in the rhino experience which Megan also recommended."

Karen and Mark Leigh, Monmouthshire, 16 March 2024

"A great experience with staff who were very knowledgeable, and shared their time willingly. At no point did we feel rushed or any question was off limit. We will definitely be making reservations for other experiences."

Stuart Farrow, Bridgend, 14 February 2024

"It was worth the years of waiting for my son to turn 16 to get to feed these amazing animals. Getting up so close was a real treat. The keeper who guided us through was excellent to. Happy to answer all questions and helped make the day a 10 out of 10. Another fantastic Folly Farm animal experience."

Katie Parker, Saundersfoot, 06 January 2024

"Absolutely amazing! Well worth the money. Keeper really knew his information and made the experience even more enjoyable Probably the most memorable day I will ever have! The time was nice and long, all questions were answered and I would recommend to anyone. Would love to come back and take part again."

Elisha Coburn, Pontypridd, 04 November 2023

"Incredible experience my husband thoroughly enjoyed it and said the keeper spoke very well and was very knowledgeable."

Scott Arthur, Pembroke Dock , 30 September 2023

"I ordered this lion feeding experience for my wife and daughter, they both loved it. I would definitely recommend this experience."

Joe Spencer, Worcester , 23 August 2023

"The lion experience was booked as a family treat. Both thought it was brilliant. To see big cats that close, feed them and have the keeper talk to us one on one was amazing."

Craig Walters, Gloucester , 18 August 2023

"Loved our experience and thought it was value for money, we didn't feel rushed. Keeper Dan was very knowledgeable we left with amazing memories, fabulous pictures and the cutest lion soft toy."

Leanne Evans, Liverpool , 09 August 2023

"It was an amazing experience and very informative. Enjoyed every minute of it. Keeper Callum answered all our questions very well and was very professional and helpful throughout."

Jess Usher, Caerphilly , 01 July 2023

"Absolutely incredible experience for myself and my boyfriend. Keeper Callum was so knowledgeable and clearly has a love for the animals. The animals were in perfect condition and absolutely incredible up close! Can't wait to do it all over again. Thank you for making dreams come true!"

Kat Cullen, Milford Haven , 21 June 2023

"Would recommend the lion experience to everyone, my two kids (well young adults) absolutely loved it. To get up so close to these majestic animals was amazing, they so want to go back and do it again."

Tina Ahearn, Glynneath , 16 June 2023

"Everything was absolutely fantastic, all the lions came over to be fed. They were very vocal but the experience was wonderful."

Mark Francis, Tenby , 31 October 2022

"It was above and beyond what we expected and I will never get over Hugo wanting to join in, meaning we got to feed all six lions! Dan, our keeper, was incredible and taught us so much with the knowledge he shared. His passion for the animals and his job was clear and he’s such a credit to your team he made it such an fab experience. Thank you for another memorable day and for allowing us so close!"

Emily Sleeman, Swansea , 31 August 2022

"My husband brought me the lion experience as a birthday gift and what an amazing experience it was, the best birthday present ever! Keeper Callum was fantastic he was very informative and knowledgeable about Hugo the lion and all of the lionesses. I had a fabulous time and got to feed each one up close, I would highly recommend this experience and will cherish my encounter forever. Thank you!"

Lisa Brindley, Staffordshire , 23 August 2022

"Absolutely amazing experience. Dan the keeper was very friendly and knowledgable and you could tell he really loves the lions. Fantastic day out in Folly Farm as always but the experience was the icing on the cake."

Natalie Lloyd, Trelewis , 10 August 2022

"I had a fantastic time. The keeper was brilliant. I couldn’t believe there were so many lions. Best day ever!"

Thomas Graham, Upminster , 27 July 2022

"Experience was amazing. The lion keeper was full of knowledge and answered all questions we had. The experience itself was just out of this world, it was so nice to be so up close with the lions. And to learn a bit about them all will definitely be doing more Folly Farm animal experiences."

Cassie Uzmez, Neyland , 05 June 2022

Read all lion feeding experience reviews here.

One off purchase - no recurring payments
Safe and secure online payments
Immediate email confirmation of purchase