We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“A great day out” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo
Ranked #1 of 92 things to do in Chester
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We're the UK's number one charity zoo, with over 20,000 animals and 500 different species, including some of the most endangered species on the planet. With 1.6 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Level Contributor
20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A great day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2011

Entrance Price - Reasonable value, but would be better if ticketrs for waterbus and monorail were included. Factor in £2.00 / Adult and £1.50 / child extra for these.
When went ques were acceptable and parking arrangements were fine, however, interestingly pre paid entrance que was longer than pay on arrival.
Animals - a very good range of animals, i.e we saw elephants, lions , tigers, cheetah, jaguar, chimps, maonkeys, orangutang, giraffe, zebra, camel and more....
Animal enclosures were brilliantly laid out. It's more like a safari park but on foot and if you're lucky you can get reeally close to the animals.
Viewing of tigers and jaguar was a bit dissapointing because they were just sleeping in a hard to view spot. However Lions were amazing. Ask about feeding times as this is the best time to see some action.
Be patient at each enclosure, as if you wait lond enough you'll see some great moves and angles of the animals.
Layout of the park is excellent and there are plenty of signs.
Loads of nice gardens to have a picnic.
We took our own packed lunch.
Lots of wallking, make sure you allow the whole day, you'll need it.
All in all, worth the trip and entrance.

Visited July 2011
1 Thank Zah1r
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

9,381 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“Fantastic zoo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2011

Has many animals to see. Great for kids and adults. Well worth the price of admission. Take a picnic especially drinks as they are pricey.

Thank escape1st
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wirral, Merseyside
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2011

Went for a day out as part of our Anniversarry, people think the zoo is just for children but its really not! This is one of the best Zoo's in the country and everyone should visit!!

When we went we were lucky enough the rain stayed off but don't worry if it rains they give you a rain map route just incase and you still see all the attractions. The queues at enterance went fast, but u can always fast track by ordering your tickets online, you can either pay the donation entry fee or the standard to make it £1 cheaper.

I advise taking a picnic as its great to sit on the grass picnic areas and relax half way through your stay, there are lots of places to eat at the zoo and its not that expensive just what you would normally expect at these places, but the food is nice. there are drinks stalls and ice-cream all around the zoo if you get thirsty!

Lots of parking and its safe with staff around the area all day or you can take the coach.

Animals are great and the animal talks are very educational, you can tell the staff care. We went when the zoo was doing a Dinosaur Exhibition with robotic dinosaurs spraying water which all the kids and adults seemed to love!! We also played the mini golf which was great fun and good to let the lunch go down before we start on our route again. My highlights were the butterfly house and bat cave and of course the Monkeys (they are filthy animals haha)

All in all had a great day out and got so tired afterwards, its such a fun day out and no-one i mean no-one is too old for the ZOO! :D

Visited July 2011
1 Thank Darren1988
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
158 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Great zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2011

We visit this zoo about once a year and everytime we go there is always something new to see which is great. The zoo is a great size so you can spend a whole day there. There is alot of animals on display and plenty of interactive exhibits for kids which is great

Visited August 2010
Thank Day_tripper1234
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great for big and little kids but lots of walking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2011

Visited Chester Zoo with my niece (under 5) last weekend and some friends. Have been more times than I can remember since I was little and still love it. Lots of animals to look at and the enclosures are really nice and big so they seem happy.

Food and drink expensive as with any attraction so worth taking a packed lunch or at least some drinks with you if possible.

The zoo is really big with so many animals to look at that it can get a bit tiring especially for small children. We were really glad we took a pushchair with us by the afternoon even if she said she wanted to walk at first!

Recommend to all ages but probably quietest on a weekday in term-time.

Visited July 2011
Thank SarahManchester83
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Chester Zoo also viewed


Been to Chester Zoo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing