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“A favourite day out” 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 #4 of 30 attractions in Chester
Type: Zoos
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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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Derby, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A favourite day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

We have just visited Chester Zoo for the second time in the last year and I am sure it just gets better and better. Despite visiting just eight months ago, you can guarantee each trip will be different. One of my favourite things about this zoo is the animal enclosures, all of which are very generous in size and well designed to make them appear like the animal's natural habitat. The animals all appear content. The tigers were playing in the water when we visited, and we saw one pounce in to play with the other, which was great to see. The giant otters were also very playful - last time we visited we didn't see them so this was a treat. The elephants are always popular, as are the primates. We visited on a week day during term time, hoping to miss all the children, but unfortunately we didn't think of the end of year school trips! The zoo is so large though that there are still plenty of quieter places to escape to. I will also mention the gardens which are definitely worth a visit. We will definitely visit again (hopefully soon) and hopefully it will be third time lucky for seeing the spectacled bears which have so far eluded us. There was development work taking place while we were there and the new Islands development due to open in spring 2015 looks great - can't wait to visit that.

Visited July 2014
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Lancing, United Kingdom
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“Best Zoo in the UK”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

Whilst spending a week in Chester we decided to pop along to the zoo. The main draw initially was to see the elephants as apart from this zoo I can't think of any others that have them anymore.
Got our tickets from the Chester information centre as you get a small reduction on the entry here, then guided round the corner to the bus interchange to get the No.1. Bus ticket costs around £3.50 return and journey takes about 15-20 mins and takes you to the heart of the zoo so don't worry where to get off.
Zoo opened at 10am and we were immediately greeted with '7' elephants - adults and babies what a truly magnificent site.
Take a map of the zoo around with you as its is huge, and as the paths twist and turn you could easily miss out on seeing some animals. that said though the zoo is very well signposted at every junction.
The assortment of animals is outstanding. Giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers, apes and monkees, meerkats, penguins....the list is exhaustive. The butterfly enclosure is large and amazing with such an assortment. Photographers tip - don't take a photo for a good 5 mins - let camera adjust to the humidity in there and give lens a quick wipe...then you will get some amazing photos as they come to rest on the plants.
The ape and monkey enclosures are huge giving the animals so much room to play.
The one thing we will take away from the zoo is just how happy and content all the animals appear to be, which is the golden sign of any zoo.
Plenty of places to take the weight off and have a drink and a sandwich, and for a small fee if the want to see the zoo from a unique perspective, have a go on the monorail which runs all the way around the park, or the boat!
The zoo also happens to be a highly educational environment for children and adults alike, so be prepared for lots of schoolchildren there, but the place is so vast there are quiet areas to dip into too.
Ended spending 5 hours there - it really is a total day out, and thoroughly enjoyable. After previously visiting London zoo and then believing Edinburgh zoo was the best there was after visiting, it is without doubt that this has to be the best zoo in the UK for the experience and the array of animals - and of course, the beautiful elephants.

Visited July 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Loads to see and plenty undercover”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

Chester Zoo is well worth a visit, it can be reached via public transport from Chester Station. There are many undercover exhibits, so even if the weather is not brilliant there is still lots to see. The South American experience including the Jaguars and the Elephant herd are two highlights. The animals are all in good condition, this is definitely a zoo where animal welfare matters. Spend some time in the aviaries to watch various species of birds. The day that I visited it was raining, so there were not too many people around, just a few school groups. So this meant that there were no problems getting a good vantage point for exhibits.

Definitely recommended.

Visited June 2014
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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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“could do better !”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

we took a party of adults with learning disabilities to the zoo last week. the map and signing is very very confusing, even the staff had problems following it when we asked them . some of the signs are so old that bits have fallen off or point to no path.
it should not be beyond the wit to design a proper map and update the signs. goodness knows who does the marketing !
the price of the food is offputting.

wouldn't go again sorry, was so looking forward to it.

steve bowdler, bridgnorth.

Visited July 2014
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“Recommended Day Out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Excellent for both adults & children to walk around the extensive areas & see wild creatures 'in the flesh'.

Visited July 2014
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