Chester Zoo

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Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

Tel: 01244 380280

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  • Love it Longer
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  • Love It For Longer - a new exhibition made from waste and rubbish - has opened at Chester Zoo
  • Love It For Longer - a new exhibition made from waste and rubbish - has opened at Chester Zoo
  • Tree Top Play at Chester Zoo
  • The Oakfield Pub, Chester Zoo
  • The new Latin American Wetlands Aviary at Chester Zoo is home to an array of brightly coloured bird species from Latin America
  • The new Latin American Wetlands Aviary at Chester Zoo is home to an array of brightly coloured bird species from Latin America

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About Us

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.

There’s always something new at Chester Zoo and this summer is no exception. Join us for a completely utterly incredibly absolutely, gobsmackingly, amazing exhibition that is 100% total utter trash. We’ll be revolutionising our rubbish and learning to LOVE IT FOR LONGER!

We’ve also been busy transforming our current flamingo habitat into an INCREDIBLE NEW INTERACTIVE habitat space – a thriving, diverse Latin American walk through aviary which will allow you to walk side-by-side with some of South and Central America’s most colourful, spectacular bird species – and view them in full flight! Come and experience a truly immersive experience.

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.

Looking for something a little more special? The Oakfield is a contemporary British pub at the heart of the zoo serving freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits. Explore our extensive seasonal menu, with popular roast dinners served every Sunday.*

BRAND NEW for 2021 our experiences will get you closer than EVER before to our INCREDIBLE animals and plants, PLUS meet our experts! From breakfast with the lions to getting up close and personal to a HUGE lizard, we have experiences that will EXCITE and DELIGHT any animal lover.

We hope to welcome you soon!

For information about opening times and prices, please visit our website (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
Prices range from:
£23.63 to £25.45 for adults
£19.09 to £20.90 for children

Opening Times

October (27 Sept 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30
November/December (1 Nov 2021 - 2 Jan 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
May/June/July (1 May 2022 - 23 July 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
July/August (24 July 2022 - 29 Aug 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
September (30 Aug 2022 - 26 Sept 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* 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*


  • 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!).



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Bennettbrian
      Hebburn, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      A good day out
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 14th October 2021
      A impressive zoo, wouldn’t say it was the best we have been to but definitely worth a visit. The zoo is very expansive and you can easily spend a full day there, so good value for money. We visited... Read full review
    • Joe C
      Hampshire, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Amazing day at a fabulous zoo
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 16th October 2021
      What a day.. before we even got there staff at the Zoo were so helpful booking assistant, on line app helped plan trip, which really helped our son who is autistic. On line ticket worked so well... Read full review
    • Martin G
      Chester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Wonderful Islands
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 17th October 2021
      Lazy river - so soothing. The whole Islands area is beautifully designed & constructed and has a hue variety of fabulous animals. 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

    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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