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Knowsley Safari Park

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Address: A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
Phone Number:
+44 151 430 9009
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Knowsley Safari Park was opened to the public in July 1971 by the 18th Earl...

Knowsley Safari Park was opened to the public in July 1971 by the 18th Earl of Derby. Then, the `safari park' concept of having visitors in cages (cars) and the animals roaming free based on the drive-through game reserves of East Africa was unique. In 1994, Edward Stanley, the 19th Earl, succeeded to the title. The estate being only 8 miles (13 km) from Liverpool city centre, Knowsley was the first safari park to be built close to a large city. In spite of some understandable apprehension about the possible problems associated with large numbers of animals (including lions) roaming about close to the city, the then County and District councils approved the proposals.In the first two years of opening, the route through Knowsley Safari Park consisted of a 3½ mile (5.6 km) drive, and the main attractions were lions, cheetahs, monkeys, giraffes, zebra, elephants and various antelopes. The park proved immensely popular, so in 1973 an extension, including a further 1½ miles (2.4km) of road, was built and opened. This allowed more animals to be added to the collection on display along the now 5-mile- (8 km) long route, including herds of camels, buffalo and white rhino as well as a group of tigers.A few modifications to the original design have had to be made for safety and display reasons. The tigers and lions are now displayed in enclosures within the game reserves, and the elephants have their own paddock in the walk around section at the end of the safari drive. We also have a car friendly route around the outside of the monkey jungle for visitors who do not wish to have a close encounter with our baboons. Knowsley Safari Park has become one of Merseyside's premier leisure attractions, winning several awards for tourism and it's animal husbandry.

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Wild day out

Great day out especially with children, although even without young family it is still worth a visit...be careful through monkey world you may find bits of your car left... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great day out especially with children, although even without young family it is still worth a visit...be careful through monkey world you may find bits of your car left behind...you can go around the enclosure thus saving damage to your car and you can still view q wildlife

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everyone enjoyed the whole experience. Plenty to see and you can choose to go through the enclosure where the baboons are on a bus, if you wish. Good value at £15 per car.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Though it was raining and cold, we decided to head over to the safari park to check it out. We understood that some of the animals may not be out and about due to the weather. As the website suggests, we used the postcode for directions, but it took us about 10 minutes from the site and we had to... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to visit knowsley safari park today as a family, mum, dad and 4 children age 9, 2, 1 and 3 months, we had 3 very excited children to go through the monkey enclosure, on arrival there was a number of cars throwing food out to the monkeys, my partner decided to join in as we had a monkey sitting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I took my 10 & 2 year old boys here for the day on the £15 a car winter deal. You can drive around the safari as many times as you like. Each drive around took around an hour. Just depends how long you want to stop for at the different zones on the safari and the Monkey section takes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Knowsley today on the £15 a car winter offer. Good value for money with both kids and adults loving it. All the staff were very cheery and polite even though it was a cold and damp day. Drove round once when we got there and even dared the Baboon's with only the loss of a bit of windscreen... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came to Knowsley today Sun 8th Jan. We had a real mix of ages from 2 months to me 60 (in 470 days haha) as my teenage grandaughter informed me. What a great way to spend an out of season Sunday. Check the website because prices drop to £15 for a car with up to 7 pasengers (all must have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's our first safari experience and was filled with lots of surprises! The drive way was smooth and easy to follow. Luckily the animals weren't in hibernation so we get to see them during our visit. We had a lot of fun in the monkey area as we didn't expect what was coming until it happened. The monkeys were trying... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great day out for the family. The zoo is split into two sections. Car safari and zoo walk. Safari trail is absolutely brilliant !!! Up close with the animals. Be careful of the baboons; they will get your car !!! Zoo walk is small but with other animals to see. The Sea Lion show is really good - I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I took our two grandsons (aged 5 and 21 months) and had a brilliant time. Only £15 (off peak price) for the whole group in a car and this included the sealion and birds of prey sessions. We will go again in the summer.

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