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Knowsley Safari

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A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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Took the opportunity to visit with the £15 per car mid-week deal. Really enjoyed my time lots to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Liverpool, United Kingdom
via mobile
Surprisingly good

Was told it was not very good but it was. Animals all looked in brilliant condition and babies is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Barbara B
Stoke-on-Trent, England, 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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea lion show” (402 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Took the opportunity to visit with the £15 per car mid-week deal. Really enjoyed my time lots to see and do, some really good displays with the Sea Lions and Flight of the Talons. Had an excellent sandwich and cuppa at the Oasis restaurant. Been...More

Thank Kaboozie
Reviewed 4 days ago

Was told it was not very good but it was. Animals all looked in brilliant condition and babies is sways a good sign.. brilliant price of £15 per xar, amazing value mid week. No rides or train going but we only went for the safari...More

Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were lucky to go within the offer dates, it only cost £15 for the car and occupants. The bird display was great so interesting. As usual for Merseyside everyone we spoke to was so polite and cheerful.

Thank karen c
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Paid for a family ticket, £70+ but as soon as you get inside your faced with fair ground rides that have to be paid for 😣not a good start, would have preferred to have them included in the entry, even if it cost a bit...More

Thank Helen L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Finally made it here and wanting to visit for many years. I loved it as did the boys. The animals looked well and healthy and we got really close to most of them. Had a great day. Ice cream is a must. Think the zip...More

Thank EGavin22
Reviewed 6 days ago

We came last week for the first time, it was £15 for the car. We really enjoyed ourselves, and for the money we think it was good. Nearly everything was closed though, which was disappointing and the Elephants and the Giraffes were closed off too...More

Thank xoFairyKissox
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with my son (2) we arrived at 10am and went for a walk around first to see the giraffes and meerkats etc, the weather was great so we just took our time, lots of climbing frames and sea lion shows etc we then...More

Thank BobbieJLpl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice day out for young & old. Didn't use the restaurant so can't comment on this, we had a burger & a sweet chilli sausage which I thought were rather expensive as £5 each.

Thank ChristyB418
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Knowsley 14th October, booked online 2 adults and a child ticket worked out about £48. Decided to do the road safari first and was quite excited for how long the road safari would be. All was good until we went into the Baboons,...More

2  Thank John B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for a family day out,few people had recommended the park wasn't dissapointed..staff were polite and friendly at the drive thru kiosk which is always a good start. Plenty of animals to see and things to do.. the drive thru safari was good could...More

Thank lauralovie
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Roseanna F
October 21, 2017|
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Response from Posse29 | Reviewed this property |
Dont know much about the baboon bus. we went in June this year. the one off payment included as many safari drives as you want. You can also park at the centre where there are bird and sealion shows (inc in price). Nice... More
Leigh S
August 14, 2017|
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Response from andy b | Reviewed this property |
Roughly 10 rides but unlimited access, a 12 year old might find them a bit boring
July 28, 2017|
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Response from Ana R | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is plenty of parking for visitors.