Went whilst in Liverpool for a few days visiting our daughter. We ended up spending half a day at the zoo but could have happily spent all day there, even though we were four adults! The weather was gorgeous, which helped of course, but if it hadn't been there are plenty of things to see indoors. We'd initially thought the tickets were a bit expensive but it turned out to be well worth the money. When we bought our tickets were were asked if we were OK with £2 each being donated to their wildlife conservation projects - I thought they meant £2 out of the entry fee but realised afterwards this was in addition to the £20 entry fee! However, after seeing all the worldwide wildlife conservation projects the zoo is involved in, including efforts to save endangered species, we couldn't begrudge it.
The zoo seems to be very well managed; it's clean and tidy and they obviously pay a lot of attention to looking after the animals' habitats. They've set the educational information at the perfect level so it's interesting for both adults and children. There are plenty of different places to get something to eat and the obligatory gift shop is actually quite good and not filled with tacky rubbish.
The only negative I can think of is the toilets, which weren't great by the end of the day. It did strike me that animals probably make less mess than humans!
My favourite things were the Fruit Bat Forest, where you walk in the dark with bats swooping all around you, and the Butterfly House (where I just wanted to sit in a deckchair for the rest of the afternoon and watch the gorgeous colourful butterflies floating around).
I'd go back there any day and when grandchildren come along (not too soon, if my daughters are reading this!) then I'll be taking them too.
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