Chester Zoo

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Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

Tel: 01244 380280

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** Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2022/23 - Highly Commended **

** Best Tourism Marketing Project Award Winner at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2022/23 **

Chester Zoo is home to over 27,000 endangered and unusual animals based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens. With over 500 different animal species in our 128 acres of award-winning gardens, you’re sure to have great day out full of adventure where you’ll feel empowered and inspired to create a better world for wildlife.

Bring your pride to see ours and visit our incredible Asiatic lions in their savannah habitat. Take a trip to Madagascar and wander through our lemur walkthrough habitat, then explore the dense jungles of South-East Asia by boat, and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the Monsoon Forest.

Come and see some of our newest and cutest arrivals, with many making their very first appearances, from the critically endangered cotton-top tamarin to the incredibly rare dusky pademelon.

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.

If you’re looking for something extra special, our contemporary British pub The Oakfield, serves freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits – the perfect accompaniment to your zoo visit.

Join our Zoo Rangers for a jam-packed programme of talks and family-fun events to top up your knowledge of incredible animals across the globe! What’s more, we have plenty of playgrounds and activities to keep the kids (and the kids at heart) happy all day long!

Why not turn your zoo visit into an adventure and book one of our unique Experiences that give you the opportunity to get even closer to our animals and plants with exclusive access and feeding activities? You’ll also gain behind the scenes knowledge from our expert keepers.

Large Attraction of the Year Gold Award Winner and Silver Award Winner for the Resillience and Innovation Award at the 2022 Visit England Awards for Excellence. 


Discover our revolutionary new app, Wild Wander; where Pokémon Go meets rambling!

Wild Wander, our exciting new app has been designed to connect people with nature through the digital world and encourage them to explore and protect the great outdoors. The app will allow users to explore four trails in the zoo’s Nature Recovery Corridor like never before: thriving with beautifully animated local species in augmented reality.

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Opening Times

May (9 May 2024 - 26 May 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
May Half Term (27 May 2024 - 4 June 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
June/July (5 June 2024 - 22 July 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
July (28 July 2024 - 29 July 2024)
July/August (30 July 2024 - 3 Sept 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00

* The zoo will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Opening times may change depending on special events, please see T&Cs for further details.
Last admission is 1 hour before the zoo closes.
Last admissions for members is 30 minutes before closing.


  • 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
  • Marketing Cheshire Annual AwardsMarketing Cheshire Awards 2021/22 - Winner Marketing Cheshire Awards 2021/22 - Winner 2022
  • Visit EnglandVisit England Award for Excellence 2022 Visit England Award for Excellence 2022 2022

Special Offers

  • Become a Member

    As a member, you make conservation happen at Chester Zoo and around the world.

    Membership starts from just £72.90 when you pay by Direct Debit, giving you UNLIMITED access to the zoo and so much more!

    Membership benefits:

    You’ll get a whole year of UNLIMITED ENTRY plus lots of other great benefits:

    10% discount in our shops & cafes*.
    Free entry to other zoo & attractions (terms apply) including Colchester, Edinburhg, Marwell, Newquay, Bristol, Paignton and Twycross.
    Our Zoo, delivering you exclusive behind the scenes content directly to your inbox!
    Members Days! Bring friends and family to the zoo at a discounted price

    And SO much more!

    * Restrictions apply

    Choose a membership

    Join today and save 10% when you sign up to renew by Direct Debit. Your membership will automatically renew onto 12 monthly payments in your second year.

    Enjoy family days out at the zoo with our FAMILY SAVER! Junior Explorer’s receive a DISCOUNT when purchased with any adult membership. From £55 or £49.50 by Direct Debit.


    Membership Type Standard Direct Debit
    2 Adults, 2 Children £320 £288
    1 Adult, 2 Children £215 £193.50
    2 Adults £210 £189
    1 Adult £105 £94.50
    Student £96 £86.40
    Junior Explorer (3-17) £81 £72.90
    Little Explorer (0-2) FREE FREE

    Membership starts from £72.90 when you sign up to renew by Direct Debit.



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  • Buy your group tickets in advance to beat the queues with Fast Track admission.

    Bookings for 15 or more adults, children (3-17) and students gives you an exclusive group discount.

    If your booking is for more than 50 people please email

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  • Celebrate Mother’s Day at Chester Zoo

    Sunday 10 March 2024 - 11.30am – 1pm or 4pm – 5.30pm

    From £100 for two adults


    Make this Mother’s Day one to remember and join us for our afternoon tea experience! Celebrate this special day in the truly unique setting of The Square, located right in the heart of the zoo.

    You and your guests will be treated to an arrival glass of prosecco, followed by an afternoon tea of sweet and savoury items, as well as a choice of tea or coffee. Plus, sit back and relax to atmospheric music performed live as you enjoy your meal.

    Your experience includes:

    • Admission tickets to experience a full day at Chester Zoo.
    • Arrive at The Square for your allocated time and receive a glass of prosecco! Soft drink option available.
    • Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea of sweet and savoury delights, alongside a pot of tea or coffee.
    • Relax while our live singer and saxophonist entertain you.
    • Continue your day of exploration around the zoo.

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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

Visit for more info about getting to the zoo via public transport. 



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Seaside67474
      1 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 18th February 2024
      Very expensive, face paint £10 !!!!!!!!!! Very expensive day out used to love coming and that is putting me off!!!!!!!! Read full review
    • OnAir63291378555
      Kargi, Turkiye
      2 of 5 stars
      Monday, 19th February 2024
      Not a long review because it doesn't warrant it, went today with my granddaughter and really poor. To be honest expensive and didn't really see many animals, Read full review
    • 1956lindak
      Best day out
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 19th February 2024
      We absolutely love visiting the zoo! It’s a brilliant day out, with plenty to see and do. Great food choices too, me and my husband are regular visitors! 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

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    Tel: 01244 380280

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