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Knowsley Safari

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A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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Great experience

The in car part in fantastic. So up close and intimate with the animals. Plenty of space in the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Richbfc
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Great trip

We came here midweek so got to experience the park while it was quieter. The safari drive does feel... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jamie S
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Knowsley Safari Park was opened to the public in July 1971 by the 18th Earl of Derby. Then, the `safari park' concept of having visitors in cages (cars) and the animals roaming free based on the drive-through game reserves of East Africa was unique. In 1994, Edward Stanley, the 19th Earl, succeeded to the title. The estate being only 8 miles (13 km) from Liverpool city centre, Knowsley was the first safari park to be built close to a large city. In spite of some understandable apprehension about the possible problems associated with large numbers of animals (including lions) roaming about close to the city, the then County and District councils approved the proposals.In the first two years of opening, the route through Knowsley Safari Park consisted of a 3½ mile (5.6 km) drive, and the main attractions were lions, cheetahs, monkeys, giraffes, zebra, elephants and various antelopes. The park proved immensely popular, so in 1973 an extension, including a further 1½ miles (2.4km) of road, was built and opened. This allowed more animals to be added to the collection on display along the now 5-mile- (8 km) long route, including herds of camels, buffalo and white rhino as well as a group of tigers.A few modifications to the original design have had to be made for safety and display reasons. The tigers and lions are now displayed in enclosures within the game reserves, and the elephants have their own paddock in the walk around section at the end of the safari drive. We also have a car friendly route around the outside of the monkey jungle for visitors who do not wish to have a close encounter with our baboons. Knowsley Safari Park has become one of Merseyside's premier leisure attractions, winning several awards for tourism and it's animal husbandry.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
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“baboon enclosure” (179 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
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+44 151 430 9009
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The in car part in fantastic. So up close and intimate with the animals. Plenty of space in the roads to allow you to take your time without holding up other visitors. The on foot safari was poor. Most major attractions were closed and signing...More

Thank Richbfc
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We came here midweek so got to experience the park while it was quieter. The safari drive does feel like it has less animals than several years ago, but it was still a good experience. You can watch the baboons tear apart other people's cars...More

Thank Jamie S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took 11 and 9 year old and had a very enjoyable time. Saw all the animals except the tiger which isn't open yet. Little disappointed the elephants have gone to France as I do like elephants. We ignored the fairground and catering facilities as they...More

Thank Helen M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first ever safari experience with family and I have no regrets that we decided Knowsley Safari park. An piece if advise is to reach there as early as possible as it is huge and you will miss out on things if you reach around...More

Thank Ahsan J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit, during which we spent around half a day at the park. I recommend the sea lion and bird of prey displays as well as the safari. The safari itself was great, we had a baby rhino and mother pass close to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliantly laid out safari, pity we couldnt spot much in the way of animals. It really is pot luck of you will spot much of anything amd if you do theyre to far away anyhow. The inclusion of animal stickers for kids within the intro...More

Thank JasonJ88
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We brought the two grand children here instead of going to the Zoo in Chester. Well worth it, we had an awesome time - the amount of animals we saw on the safari compares with any controlled safari park in Africa. We saw lions, Rhino,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just got back from a wonderful afternoon at Knowsley Safari Park. My partner received a giraffe enclosure for his birthday, and it was such a wonderful experience. Verity was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to, and kept us entertained throughout the experience. We got...More

Thank Leanne D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went the day after bank holiday and it was lovely and quiet. The only things that we found a little disappointing was that there were no elephants (they were in France) and no tigers. It would probably have been better if we had taken...More

Thank xxsmtxx
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Knowsley safari park today for a bank holiday treat with our young grandson. We have been numerous times and it never disappoints. It is great to be able to see the wild animals so close up - even the 'lion king' walked right...More

Thank Deborah D
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jclem2018
May 8, 2018|
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Response from Sally D | Reviewed this property |
Ours wasn’t but you can’t guarantee it won’t be. They do a bus service for £5 that will drive you around. There are a lot of signs to warn you your car could get damaged.
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aisha s
April 6, 2018|
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Response from simply-peregrinating | Reviewed this property |
No you can't, the animals are wild. There are no snakes and no enclosures with animals to pet.
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MonikaRolickova
April 2, 2018|
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Response from Knowsley S | Property representative |
Hi, we allow our animals access to shelter and housing when they need it, the animals have complete freedom to choose when they use these shelters. Most shelters are in close proximity to the road, however some of the larger... More
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