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“Well worth the experience..” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo
Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 1LH, England
01244 380 280
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Ranked #2 of 25 Attractions in Chester
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Owner description: Chester Zoo is the UK’s number one charity zoo, with over 11,000 animals and 400 different species, including some of the most endangered species on the planet. With 1.4 million visitors every year, the zoo is an all-year round full day visitor attraction for everyone. We're open daily from 10am, except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Car parking is free and on site. Facilities for disabled visitors, including self-drive electric scooters and wheelchairs.
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“Well worth the experience..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We visited last year about the same time of year. We came with more layers. March/Arpil can be cold and was. Yet, had another great day with my wife, two teenage children and a 7 month old. Cold day, appropriate clothes solved that.

As before, there is a good amount of both indoor and outdoor exhibits which means, even on a cold day there is plenty to see and do. Although there are a stack of picnic benches, there are some indoor places for you to sit and have your own picnic (as ever, the on-park food is a expensive). Sadly, my only critique remains there would be that was that the indoor own-food places are in one location rather than being spread around the zoo.

After we visited last time my daughter wanted to do a penguin experience. This was her chance. Bought it for Christmas. Bear in mind the experiences are time limited and often booked well in advance. If you do buy an experience - spare the surprise - book early.

The experience is excellent. Friendly and informative staff. Helpful, engaging. My daughter had a marvelous time. Other zoos can learn a lot from the attitude and offering of Chester Zoo.

So again, I will say, having been to Chessington, London, and Edinburgh, I believe Chester Zoo the best value zoo in the UK. We were their for a good six hours *again* - and still skipped a few of the animals. We walked past lions being fed.

Again, be aware of '2-4-1' deals. Also, be conscious of the suggested addition of 10% charitable donation which while very worthy, you can decline. Still, well done staff for properly highlighting when and when not you could Gift Aid.

My recommendation remains - go, you will enjoy it. A great day out.

Visited March 2013
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“Animal Conservation at its Finest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We visited the zoo last year, having been there many years ago, and were not disappointed. The zoo still retains its magic, and the variety and condition of the animals is still exceptional. Everything is beautifully laid out, the planted areas are beautiful, and there are many friendly and helpful guides to show you round if you wish. The walkways and the animal enclosures are beautifully maintained with clear directions to all the exhibits. It was particularly wonderful to see the animals in as near a natural state as possible, by and largely appearing happy and content.We thoroughly enjoyed the butterfly house, the reptile house, and the monkey house as always was a delight. It was quite amazing how close we could be to the larger animals, and we loved the penguins and the antics of the sea lions. We could quite happily spend a couple of days seeing and studying the the animals, but the day came to an end all too soon. I would thoroughly recommend this as a major attraction, well worth the price of the entrance.

Visited May 2012
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“Well worth an annual pass”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Have been annual pass holders as a family for the last few years, worth every penny. Love going in the winter when it's quite for a few hours on a sunday afternoon.

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“Good considering the weather!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Visited the zoo March 23rd expecting it to be glorious sunshiney weather but found out that it was snowy and cold! Nothing we could do as booked via a package coach holiday.
Arrived at the zoo at 12 midday and were greeted by fairly happy staff. Many of the animals were inside due to the snow and cold weather however walking around the zoo we were surprised at how many of the animals actually had indoor viewing areas. There are also a lot of indoor-housed animals so even though the weather was poor we managed to last the full day at the zoo.
Overall, the zoo was a good quality. All the animals seemed happy and content, however a few of the older exhibits definitely need updating and improving - an issue which I am sure the zoo is aware of and there is evidence of continual updating and improvement throughout the park.
Junes restaurant was definitely the place to eat, and we didn't think that it was overly pricey. We paid around 18£ for 2 large half pizzas and three soft drinks. All good quality, in clean warm environment. There are many many picnic benches dotted around the zoo for those who are picnicking and I can imagine that on a warm summers day that the zoo is a wonderful place to be.
Will definitely like to return when the weather is better.

Visited March 2013
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“World class Zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Visited Chester Zoo again and was again impressed by the natural looking habitats created for the animals. I have visited many zoos in Europe and USA and, in my opinion, this is the best!
Very successful elephant breeding programme. Three babies at the moment. The advantage of going on a colder day is you avoid the crowds!

Visited March 2013
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