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.
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