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Chester Zoo, Chester

Chester Zoo is one of the best places for viewing wildlife in the UK. The 45 hectare (111 acre) site houses more than 11,000 animals. See the greater one-horned rhinoceros on the Asian Plains, elephants in the Asian Forest, and jaguars in one of the world's largest jaguar enclosures. Walk through Butterfly Journey to completely surround yourself with the colorful winged creatures, and enter the Fruit Bat Forest to observe these giant bats. You can sit in on various animal talks throughout the day, and make sure you also spend time in the diverse, award-winning gardens. Choose from six different restaurants and kiosks. If you're traveling with small children, consider renting a buggy to ferry them around the zoo. Use our Chester trip site to add Chester Zoo and other attractions to your Chester vacation plans.
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  • Well spaced out (good walk in fresh air on a dry day) - unless you want a set for a bit don't waste time with the free boat ride (hopefully this will improve) unfortunately flamingos, penguins, aviary...  more »
  • Me and my girlfriend went here for my birthday was worth the trip to get there staff where really friendly and you could tell the animals where really well looked after a good day out  more »
  • Great day out for the family going back again in the summer lots of new attractions there since the last visit 6 years ago  more »
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  • Truly amazing. I loved every second of my visit here. All the animals look very well looked after and the zoo keepers all appear very passionate about their job and their duties towards these animals. The complex is clean and tidy and it has all the necessary services and facilities you would expect it to have. It's the perfect day out for both adults and kids! I'd highly recommend going if you haven't already done so!!
  • Amazing zoo! Lovely addition of cultural surroundings over recent years and a heavy emphasis on conservation, as you would want to see. We've been going for years and have family membership, so the capacity to visit for an afternoon is great as there is simply too much to see in a day. The kids love the recently renovated play areas, and of course the trust monorail. It is pricey to get a day ticket for entry and the monorail isn't cheap either, but when you see how the zoo has developed and the extent of their conservation work, it makes the entry fee seem more justifiable.
  • This so is absolutely massive! I'd recommend that if you make the journey here that you save an entire day for it and be prepared for a lot of walking around. All the animals here are very apparently well looked after and educational material is all over the place. There's good and drink available within the park (at a somewhat inflated price, of course) and just about every other thing you could need whilst you're there. A personal favourite are the huge aviaries where birds are able to freely fly around you as you observe them. There's even an open butterfly house. Truly wonderful! Highly recommended!
  • This is the zoo that is featured on The Secret life of the Zoo on TV. It is clear these animals are extremely well looked after with multiple examples of endangered species being successfully bred. They work all over the world to prevent endangered species becoming extinct. Keepers are very knowledgeable care deeply about the animals. This is a large zoo with much to see and do and highly recommended.
  • This is a really great place to go for a day out. One of the main reasons we like it is because it feels like they have a plan. Every time we go there's something new. We've recently seen the opening of Islands, with a new indoor tropical area and new outdoor food court serving delicious street style food. (There's still an indoor food hall with burgers and pizzas if that's more your thing) This has given a renewed reason to head over to that side of the zoo again, which I had neglected on previous visits. Recently they have started updating the Penguin enclosure, along with other sections of the zoo. Its really exciting! All the usual famous animals like lions and chimpanzees but a great selection of rarer species including a lot of reptiles and inverts. The butterfly house is particularly awesome and my little one loves the aquarium. The zoo is well laid out with lots of places to eat or grab a snack, as well as plenty of toilets and a large gift shop. The Staff are really great and always happy to chat, and it's fun keeping an eye out for some of the guys you might have seen on the TV show. Two weeks ago we purchased an annual membership, we go that often it makes sense for us as a family. Definitely recommended.
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