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“Lovely zoo (even when it's raining)”
Review of Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo
Ranked #1 of 99 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: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
Reviewed November 5, 2012

A superbly set out conservation-led zoo, with clean areas for the animals to roam within. The lion and lioness, politely lined up together for photos and then rewarded us by wlaking right up to the edge of the enclosure to give us the once over. Although the weather was a bit variable, this didn't spoil our time there, as there are plenty of indoor areas to go around. One of the highlights was the bat house (kapow!! sorry couldn't resist for those of a certain age!) which houses over 500 free-flying (yes free flying) bats. Don't worry, it's not a case of you being set upon but you get the chance to see 3 diffferent species of bat up close, with the staff member being very helpful in using her torch to show our 10 yr old a close-up of one bat that was attached to the wall above us. All the areas seemed well-maintained and as much as we could tell, the animals seemed happy too. Great fun watching the baby elephants having a bath together.

Thank Awayonourown
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

A great day out. Informative and enough to keep you going. Plenty of indoor stuff if it rains as well. Avoid the monorail. It only takes you half way round and costs way too much for that. The enclosures are excellent and the information boards all over are almost overwhelming at times with facts and information. The science behind the zoo is evident all over and this place does so much more than just 'show' animals. It deserves your support.

Thank MSF135247
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This zoo has to be the best In the UK. It has everything and is always doing new things to freshen the place up for visitors. Great value for a full day visit.

1  Thank steve t
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I came here with an adult and two children. It was lovely and a joy to be there. The staff were smiling and helpful, the attractions clearly marked and so interesting. Beautifully clean.

1  Thank tockington
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

we had a great day out, the dinasaurs were fantastic my daughter and granddaughter loved them,

we all enjoyed seeing the animals, the girls especially loved the chimps
it rained on and off but it didn't take any of the enjoyment out of the day
it cost £84 for 6 of us, 3 adults, 1 child, 1 student and a free under 3, this included the 10% conservation fee, which you don't have to pay if you don't want to, it is an expensive day out if there are a few of you, but bills have to be paid and the animals need looking after and feeding.
i love chester zoo and would recommend it to everyone

1  Thank tracey d
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