Chester Zoo

Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

Tel: 01244 380280

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About Us

Chester Zoo are currently only accepting tickets purchased directly from themselves. Please book your tickets using this link. 

**Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award Winner 2019**

We are Chester Zoo

With over 35,000 animals and 125 acres of zoological gardens to EXPLORE, you will NEVER be bored at Chester Zoo! We are the most visited zoo in the UK AND a conservation and education charity committed to PREVENTING EXTINCTION.

You will be transported to some of the most REMOTE corners of the world, to experience the critically endangered ORANGUTANS from the RAINFORESTS of south east Asia, to the bouncing ring-tailed LEMURS of MADAGASCAR, to the ROARSOME lions of the savannah plains, to name a few!

Whether you’re a budding conservationist, or wanting a MEMORABLE family day out, or just LOVE seeing thousands of our exotic species, there is something for EVERYONE at Chester Zoo!

You’ll always find our best prices online. Book more than 7 days in advance and you’ll SAVE UP TO £4 PER TICKET compared with the price you’ll pay at the zoo on the day. Hoorah!

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Join the zoo family

You can visit us all year round, as many times as you like, by becoming a member!

Join our zoo family and you’ll get a whole year of FREE unlimited entry plus lots of other great benefits!

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The Oakfield

Once the home of the Mottershead family who founded Chester Zoo, The Oakfield is a truly unique contemporary British pub. Steeped in history and lovingly restored, it boasts views of our incredible award winning gardens, set in the stunning grounds of the zoo. Serving freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits 7 days a week, The Oakfield is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner, entertaining, or to simply re-fuel during your trip to the zoo!*

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

Explore the Oakfield

Meet the animals at Chester Zoo 

Download a map of Chester Zoo to see where you can find the various animals. The zoo has sections that home:

- Mammals - Air breathing animals, characterised by having hair or fur, such as big Cats, Elephants, hoofed animals, Monkeys & Apes, Bears and other mammals.
- Birds - There are over 1000 birds at the zoo many of them endangered species.
- Reptiles - There are over 50 types of reptile at the zoo including the world's largest lizard.
- Amphibians - Amphibians are a weird and wonderful collection of animals that include three main groups; frogs & toads, salamanders and caecilians.
- Fish - There are so many different fish in the world, at least 30,000 species, with new species discovered all the time (several hundred a year!).
- Invertebrates - Invertebrates are animals without backbones and there are many different types, including insects, spiders, sponges, snails, octopuses, clams, squid, jellyfish, anemones, corals, starfish, sea urchins, worms - that's just the short list!.

Conservation and education are at the heart of everything we do at Chester Zoo. We are committed to providing the highest standards of care for our animals, as well as protecting native and international wildlife. Our team of expert and knowledgeable staff work hard to care for our animals and support conservation, but are also passionate about connecting our visitors to the natural world. We have a variety of tours and hands-on experiences, as well as daily animal talks to guarantee your day is full of animal adventure.

Stop for a snack at one of our many restaurants, cafes and kiosks located throughout the zoo or let the kids run wild in one of our adventure play areas. We’re a huge zoo, but we’ve got plenty of options for getting around including our Zoofari Monorail and our Lazy River Boat Trip. Don’t forget to stop in at the gift shop on your way out for a souvenir of your trip.

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

Click here to see Groups information

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Guide Prices

Chester Zoo are currently only accepting tickets purchased directly from themselves. Please book your tickets on

Get the best price when you buy your ticket online and beat the queues with fast track admission. Chester Zoo have flexible pricing for families too! Discounted rates for group and school visits. For accurate prices go to

Prices range from:
£20 to £25.45 for adults
£15.45 to £20.90 for children

Opening Times

May (5 May 2021 - 22 May 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
May Half Term (23 May 2021 - 30 May 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
June/July (1 June 2021 - 17 July 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
July/August (19 July 2021 - 30 Aug 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
September (31 Aug 2021 - 27 Sept 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
October/November (28 Sept 2021 - 1 Nov 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30
November/December (2 Nov 2021 - 3 Jan 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Dec/Feb (27 Dec 2021 - 14 Feb 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Feb/April (15 Feb 2022 - 3 Apr 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30
April (4 Apr 2022 - 19 Apr 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30
April/May (20 Apr 2022 - 1 May 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
May Weekend (2 May 2022 - 4 May 2022)

* 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*


  • 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


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 Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • T4691AXemmad
    Trip Type:
    disappointing, expensive day
    2 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 8th May 2021
    we visit Chester zoo every year but due to covid we missed last year so we was excited to go again. we were very disappointed, all indoor areas closed, animals not outside to see. I know covid has... Read full review
  • Mr_MrsS2004
    Trip Type:
    A lovely looking zoo, hampered by covid restrictions but still a nice place to spend a few hours.
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 9th May 2021
    We travelled quite a way to visit Chester Zoo and sadly the Covid restrictions plus a dreary and rainy day meant that most of the animals we wanted to see were nowhere to be found as were all hiding... Read full review
  • Chris G
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    Expensive and extreamly disappointing,.......No return, Twycross is 100% better
    1 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 9th May 2021
    You cant take a horse to water, but you cant make it drink..... Like Chester Zoo, you can visit, walk miles and see only a handfull of animal as most of them were inside and all the houses are closed... Read full review



  • 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


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

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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