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“Bit disappointed”
Review of Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo
Ranked #1 of 93 things to do in Chester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We're the UK's number one charity zoo, with over 15,000 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 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, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Bit disappointed”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

the environment and setting were out of this world, but we didn't see many animals! The natural habitat is obviously well thought out and a lot of money has been spent on the zoo. The monorail was extra to the £51 to get in. Didn't do that.

Visited October 2012
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Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent day out but confusing to navigate round at times.”
Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

Visited the zoo for the 2nd time with my 4 year old son to see the dinosaur exhibits. Some of these were very lifelike, the piece de resistance being the T Rex, very frightening, especially it's eyes!
Lunchtime was surprisingly good value in Junes cafe - busy, even for a school day but a chicken breast burger, chips, salad & onion rings only £4.50 for a childrens meal (which I also ordered for myself) ample enough portion for an everyday mummy!
All the enclosures were clean and animals look very well cared for. My one and only concern was the spirit of the jaguar enclosure where one jaguar was definitely pacing up and down along the viewing windows. I felt that I wanted to ask someone who worked there if the Jaguar was ok but no one was there. From time to time I find myself questioning what kind of life these animals have but to be honest I think Chester is very respectful of trying to imitate the animals natural habitat.
I will definitely come back again and recommend anyone to visit.

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Cheshire
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic Day Out For All The Family”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

We have just returned from a family day at the zoo - age ranges from 11 - 73yrs, wow. We all had a fabulous day out. We too were impressed by the conservation and animal welfare and the effort to 'go green', well done. Most of all we loved the vast array of animals, including lots of baby animals, the giraffe was adorable, the baby monkeys, meercats, elephants, bush dogs - to name just a few, but the giraffe won hands down. We took a picnic and there were lots of seating areas to rest (much needed), but our granddaughter decided to try a burger at the cafe - Junes I think it was called, she enjoyed it very much and compared to other eateries, the price was reasonable, and came with fresh salad as well as chips and very prompt service. We bought the ticket on line so saved a bit, but it was great value for money as we spent 6 pleasant hours there - will definitely be back. Well done Chester Zoo.

Visited October 2012
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Chester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“mad house”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Good all rounder, loved the butterflies they were amazing.found the meercats a bit out of the way, missed quite a lot as they were closing.

Visited July 2012
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“Family day out with wife and 2 year old daughter”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

So basically its a zoo. So you get your usual Zoo type stuff. Highlights for us were the Elephants, Giraffes, Monkeys and the lions and Tigers. There are some good playgrounds for the kids and plenty of places to eat a picnic (which you must bring as the food is very expensive as is the norm for these sorts of places)

Not the cheapest place to get into but it is a zoo which does a lot of good work for animal welfare etc etc so shoudnt complain really. Good day out overall. Though not the easiest place to find your way around............

Visited October 2012
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