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Knowsley Safari Park

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A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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I have previously written a review this is to let people know that up untill October 2017 entrance... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Had a great day here today, haven't been for a few years but it was a great day! Had interaction... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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%
  • Terrible1%
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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 4 days ago via mobile

I have previously written a review this is to let people know that up untill October 2017 entrance is reduced to £15 for a car and up to 7 passengers everyone in the car must have a seat so no toddlers on laps. Well worth...More

Thank Stevepe53
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a great day here today, haven't been for a few years but it was a great day! Had interaction with different members of staff and they were all very helpful.... upon entering the monkey section... the 2 lads on the gate made it fun...More

Thank Beardboi
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was an impromptu visit as it was such a lovely afternoon. It's a little on the expensive side but worth a visit if you've got time to spare. I was a little disappointed as a lot of the animals where quite far away. The...More

Thank lisaloveschickens
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a family day out 2 adults 3 children (6,6 and 7) I had booked the tickets online a few weeks before hand, which I would recommend as paying everything on the day can get expensive. We took a picnic with us and then...More

Thank Laney126
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my partner visited here with our 2 young children, done the car safari first which was fab, the monkeys are definitely the main attraction however if you like your car at all id avoid driving through the enclosure. You can drive through the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had not been to Knowsley for a long time, but was deeply impressed with it now. I was initially quite sceptical given the fair ground rides next to the car park, but once you get past these, the 'foot safrai' area has a lot...More

Thank 2wreckless
Reviewed 1 week ago

to maximise the fun, it's a"must do" to choose to drive around the monkey route. Beware though, you risk your windscreen wipers / aerial etc being ripped off! A really good few hours spent.

Thank cmccorcoran
Reviewed 1 week ago

This safari provided such a great experience! getting close up the animals such as rhinos, lions etc, its phenomenal. beware of the monkey enclosure tho, saw they rip off someones windscreen wipers, almost got mine! great exhibitions and shows available just like any other zoo....More

Thank Sufi S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed visiting here. Very well laid out and not too commercialised. Wide variety of animals - monkeys especially were very entertaining! Ate in the cafe which was surprisingly good value. Booking online just before visit saved a few pounds!

Thank Amanda J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day out with tribe, a good hour/ hour and a half drive around, then there's a ride area with other animals giraffes etc, seals and cafe, another drive around the safari and you can definitely make a good day of it!

Thank Jenni C
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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.
July 19, 2017|
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Response from crazyhorse6 | Reviewed this property |
No not at all you can go on the Baboon Bus in fact I would highly reccomend it it's a great experience you get a running commentary of the animals by Nick the driver. The baboon enclosure is the best they climb all over the... More