Chester Zoo

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Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

Tel: 01244 380280

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A visit to Cheshire isn’t complete without a trip to the UK’s number one zoo. Chester Zoo is home to over 27,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens. With over 500 different animal species in our 125 acres, you’re sure to have great day out full of adventure - discovering and learning more about our INCREDIBLE animals and plants.

Throughout spring, we’ll be shining a spotlight on the more unusual and lesser known species that you may be SURPRISED to find we have here at the zoo. Join our Zoo Rangers during February half term for a programme of events that will uncover new and interesting facts about species, plus explore EXCITING spaces with our Discover Something New Trail and create unforgettable zoo MEMORIES.

The fun doesn’t stop there! Why not turn your zoo visit into an ADVENTURE and book one of our unique Experiences that gives you an incredible opportunity to get closer to animals and plants, as well as gain behind the scenes knowledge from our AMAZING experts.

Visiting the zoo can be hungry work so why not make a meal of your visit and stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants, cafes and kiosks located throughout the zoo. From classic family friendly dishes, to tasty street food and authentic South East Asian inspired dishes.

If you’re looking for something special, our contemporary British pub The Oakfield, serves freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits which is sure to warm up your winter zoo visit.

We hope to welcome you soon!

For information about opening times and prices, please visit our website www.chesterzoo.org (prices and opening times vary throughout the year).

*Usual zoo admission fees apply but our members can visit as often as they wish.

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Guide Prices

Tickets need to be booked in advance. For accurate prices go to https://shop.chesterzoo.org/events/advance-booking
Prices range from:
£23.63 to £25.45 for adults
£19.09 to £20.90 for children

Opening Times

May/June/July (1 May 2022 - 23 July 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
July/August (24 July 2022 - 29 Aug 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
September (30 Aug 2022 - 26 Sept 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
October (27 Sept 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30
November/December (1 Nov 2022 - 2 Jan 2023)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Open Christmas Eve 10am - 3pm. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
* Please note that closing times may be subject to change depending on the operational needs of the business*

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Large Visitor Attraction of the Year MC Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2011
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Best Tourism Experience of the Year MC Best Tourism Experience of the Year 2014
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Best Event of the Year MC Best Event of the Year 2011
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMarketing Cheshire Award Winner 2015 Marketing Cheshire Award Winner 2015 2015
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Access for All Tourism Award 2016 MC Access for All Tourism Award 2016 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Team of the Year 2016 MC Team of the Year 2016 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - Highly Commended MC Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - Highly Commended 2017
  • RegionalMarketing Cheshire Award Winner 2019 Marketing Cheshire Award Winner 2019 2019
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Directions

Road Directions

The motorway and road network means that Chester Zoo is easy to reach from all over the UK, and you can visit in under two hours from as far as Birmingham or Leeds. From the M56, Junction 14, or M53 Junction 12, follow the brown signs to Chester Zoo. The postcode for sat nav is CH2 1EU. The zoo is also clearly signed on the A41 Chester road. The zoo is on the national cycle network and there are cycle racks at both the main and pedestrian entrance.  

Public Transport Directions

TRAVELLING BY FOOT -Pedestrians can access the main entrance to the zoo by using the public bridlepath from Flag Lane North.  If you’re walking from home, from the bus stop or from Bache train station then there is a short cut to our main entrance using the public bridle path on Flag Lane North.

TRAVELLING BY BIKE- Chester Zoo offers 15% discount for cyclists with a voucher found on their website. Cycle racks are available at the main entrance. The Chester ‘Pink Route’ takes you from the city centre to our main entrance – or you can take the ‘Brown Route’ along the canal.

TRAIN- Only a couple of miles from Chester station, transfer to bus 1 or X1 which drops off at the zoo entrance.

When you buy a combination ticket from your local train station at the same time as your rail ticket and it includes your return bus link from Chester station to the zoo AND your zoo admission in one discounted price.

TRAVELLING BY BUS- If you’re travelling from Chester you can take the Number 1 service from Chester Bus Exchange or the X1 bus links Chester Train Station to Chester Zoo.

If you’re travelling from Liverpool, you can also take the Number 1 service or the X1 service (which has fewer stops and is a quicker!).

TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      10619
    • Very Good
      3252
    • Average
      1111
    • Poor
      530
    • Terrible
      400

    Recent Reviews:

    • hellothompson
      Chester, United Kingdom
      Perfect family day out!
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 11th January 2022
      Always a happy day when we visit the zoo - rain or shine. We'll hopefully be visiting again soon! :) Read full review
    • munchkin1150
      Waterlooville, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Well worth a visit, or 2 days to see everything.
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 14th January 2022
      We had an amazing time at the zoo, weather was perfect and many of the animals were on show. The time we went was very quiet being off season but this didn’t effect our trip negatively. We loved the... Read full review
    • AKLeona
      Birmingham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Great visit!!!
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 15th January 2022
      The trip was great despite the constant pouring rain. We didn’t expect it to be pouring all the time we were there but that’s not the Zoo’s fault. The zoo was great, with a constant pouring rain I... Read full review

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - We have a “loop system” installed at some of our main customer contact areas, including our gates. Simply look out for the blue and white logo
    • Free entry for carers 
    • Guide Dogs Permitted - In some areas
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - On arrival you will find 35 designated parking spaces for orange or blue badge holders.
    • Ramp / Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Catering

    • On-Site café/restaurant
    • Picnic Site

    COVID-19 Response

    • Advance booking essential

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (free)

    Payment Methods

    • Blue Badge Guides admitted free - Free entry for registered Blue or Green Badge Guides (on production of a valid badge) whether escorting a group or visiting independently
    • Delta accepted
    • Diners Club accepted
    • Groups Accepted - Group rates available for groups of 15 or more.
    • JCB accepted
    • Maestro accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Solo accepted
    • Special group rates - Discounts to groups of 15 people or more.
    • TIC Staff Admitted Free
    • Visa accepted

    Provider Facilities

    • Civil Weddings
    • Conference facilities - Meeting rooms available
    • Event Venue
    • Toilets

    Provider Features

    • Indoor Attraction
    • Marketing Cheshire Member
    • Outdoor Attraction

    Target Markets

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed Towards Families

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Demonstrations Given
    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Check website

    Contact Us

    Tel: 01244 380280

    Tel: 01244 380280

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