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Chester Zoo

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Just amazing

Children love it here. There’s lots of walking involved so if you have tiny children they will... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Good day out

Been a few times to the zoo now, and it's always intresting to see some of the animals they have... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Leek, United Kingdom
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We're the UK's number one charity zoo, with over 21,000 animals and 500 different species, including some of the most endangered species on the planet. With 1.9 million visitors every year, the zoo is an all-year round, full-day visitor attraction...more
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Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 1LH, England
+44 1244 380280
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Children love it here. There’s lots of walking involved so if you have tiny children they will definitely need some help getting round. There’s so much to see and do and is a wonderful day out for families in summer

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Been a few times to the zoo now, and it's always intresting to see some of the animals they have. Also worth taking the time to plan seeing some of the feeding or talks that go on throughout the day. I would recommend taking a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

(I have put very good just for the experience of the lanterns) We (my wife and I) went to chester zoo to see the lantern display they have done this really well all the lanterns looked brilliant and the staff controlling them were fantastic with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a birthday present for our 7 year old granddaughter and she absolutely loved it. There was so much information on the animals and welfare and environmental issues available. We arrived on time and stayed to the very end and only saw about half...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 5 days ago

This has to be the best zoo we have ever been to. The zoo is mapped out in a fun interactive way that makes the walk around very enjoyable. The enclosures are very expansive for the animals and yet provide ample opportunity for visitors to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went to the lantern event. I was delightfully surprised at how beautiful they had set up everything from false snow to beautiful light displays. Fabulous for children and adults. Well done staff at Chester Zoo.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We decided to book the lanterns at Chester zoo to be quite honest I wasn’t really expecting too much, but on admission you could see the big butterflies and big snails and the large flowers in the garden of delight and I was amazed what...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank beccaboo8816
Reviewed 6 days ago

Having been last night with four Grandcildren and two additions aged 6 down, I can say it was the first time and the last. Walking around a barely lit trail, with extortionately priced food and drink, ridiculous pretend animals that look nothing akin to the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kgldsun
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was a big critic of last years Lantern event and thought long and hard about returning this year but decided to give it one last chance. So glad I did, the Zoo staff LISTENED to all our complaints and it was back to its...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank raquayle
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Myself and my husband have just taken our 2.5 year old to see the lanterns at Chester zoo and had an absolutely amazing time. It's such a unique experience being in the zoo at night with lots of different animal lanterns,you're also handed small lanterns...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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November 27, 2018|
Response from LoveAllThingsNature | Reviewed this property |
Hi you get round all of it in a day , so a 2 day isn’t necessary, we were members and often just go for the afternoon / 3-4 hours and get round at least 3/4 to all of it , so a day is plenty .
November 23, 2018|
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Response from jeffoclarko | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Travel597533 | Reviewed this property |
I saw a couple of people with them, so you must be able to.
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Kelly M
Derby, United Kingdom
Location suggestions for Feb night way/days out with toddler (2 Replies)
I'm wanting to book a night away in a Village Hotel but to tie it in with a day out for my 2 year old boy. It will be early Feb so far too cold for the coast!! Cbeebies land at Alton Towers is closed! Did think about Chester Zoo but might also be too cold for that, especially if we get more snow!! The aquarium at Chester doesn't have the best reviews, and not sure this will entertain my 27 month old boy...! I've been told about the Tropical World in Leeds but they are currently...More
January 21, 2015|
Response fromKelly M|
Thank you I'll have a look...
Yuri U
Netanya, Israel
Few questions about visiting Chester. (85 Replies)
Hi. We'll be exploring Herefordshire, East and North Wales next Summer. We'd like to visit Chester as well. I have two options: 1. To finish our self driving trip in Chester ( to ditch a car there ), to stay in Chester for 3 days ( 1 of them is a full day at Zoo ), and train back to London. Is Chester Zoo located far from the historical town centre? Shall I need a car for that day, or we can visit the Zoo by public transportation? Are 2 full days enough, in order to explore Chester? 2....More
September 01, 2015|
Response fromPeterscot|
Hi Yuri, To be honest, I cant remember how far the zoo is, but Chester is not a big place. Have a look at Google maps, while you wait for a local. A couple of days should be fine, it has a compact centre. The road south is fairly dull. I'd suggest finishing with the car there. Have a good trip, Peter
Island of Malta, Malta
Day Off (8 Replies)
We will be visiting Chester soon for 4 days after visiting Liverpool for the weekend.....we have already planned 3 days....including Chester Zoo, Cheshire Oaks, and Chester sightseeing.....what do you recommend for the fourth day...we are a young family with a 2.5yrs daughter and we'll be having a car....
January 13, 2015|
Response fromPennyW|
More Chester sightseeing? There's lots to see!