Chester Zoo

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Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

Tel: 01244 380280

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** Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award Winner at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2024**

** Visitor Attraction of the Year Award at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2024 - Highly Commended **

** Tourism Marketing Project of the Year Award at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2024 - Highly Commended **

** 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

June/July (5 June 2024 - 22 July 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
July (28 July 2024 - 29 July 2024)
DayTimes
July/August (30 July 2024 - 3 Sept 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
May (9 May 2025 - 26 May 2025)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
May Half Term (27 May 2025 - 4 June 2025)
DayTimes
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.

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
  • 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
  • Marketing Cheshire Annual AwardsMarketing Cheshire Awards 2024 Winner Marketing Cheshire Awards 2024 Winner 2024
  • Marketing Cheshire Annual AwardsMarketing Cheshire Awards 2024 Highly Commended Marketing Cheshire Awards 2024 Highly Commended 2024

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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

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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      11150
    • Very Good
      3390
    • Average
      1188
    • Poor
      594
    • Terrible
      474

    Recent Reviews:

    • Rebecca M
      11/10 didn’t want to leave!
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 16th June 2024
      Absolutely incredible zoo! You will definitely need to arrive early to experience most of the animals! We didn’t get chance to see all of the animals because of how vast the zoo is, regardless I... Read full review
    • 1982abiw
      Wirral, United Kingdom
      Excellent penguin experience
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 16th June 2024
      My daughter and her father did the penguin experience today and both absolutely loved it! The got really close up, were told loads of facts about the penguins and received a lovely goody bag... Read full review
    • Cugs22
      England, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Need better signage
      3 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 18th June 2024
      On arrival parking and entry was well organised. The animals were well cared for although at the time we visited some of the enclosures were empty. My biggest disappointment was the lack of signage... 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

    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

    Check availability for Chester Zoo

    Tel: 01244 380280

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