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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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Great day out when children are half price

Went during February half term the day before Doris. The weather wasn't so good but there's lots to do. There's also a small fun fair and at £10 for a wrist band it's very... read more

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Wallasey, United Kingdom
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Wallasey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went during February half term the day before Doris. The weather wasn't so good but there's lots to do. There's also a small fun fair and at £10 for a wrist band it's very reasonable but this is on top of the entrance fee so can be expensive if you have a few children.

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We liked the sea lions show, well cared for animals. The drive was great. We saw plenty of animals. Do be aware the monkey section is baboons that grow quite big. We had a large one trying the car door. Footprints and mud to one side we came out unscathed. There is a no baboon option though. Seeing the animals... More 

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North Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic day, despite wet weather. Lots to see and do for the kiddies. Cafe was clean, warm and excellent value for money. Staff were so lovely , really made you feel that they wanted you to enjoy your visit! Lots of cover to eat picnics, if you had chosen to bring your own food. Sadly animals were in hiding ,... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a brilliant day out with our granddaughter yesterday even though the weather was cold & it rained. The Sea-Lion feeding time is indoors & it also included a most Fantastic show of the keeper & 2 Californian sea-lions doing the most amazing things! A small child had a birthday & we all sang 'Happy Birthday.' We were asked to... More 

Thank Pauline J
Warrington, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited with my Mum (72) and 2 kids (17 and 12) \Was less than £50 to get in and we spent a good 4 hours there. Drove round the safari park, baboons ripped off the wing mirror which was hysterical. They do tell you when you drive in that they will damage your car but much more fun as long... More 

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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the Safari Park today with our 2 yr old and had a fantastic time. Lots of animals to see on the safari drive and the baboon zone...amazing! A drive through there is a must, if you're visiting here. Plenty to do in addition to safari drive, with the amusement unlimited ride wrist band at £10 great value. What really... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here as a family with 2 children aged 8 & 12 Drive round safari was good kids enjoyed it although didn't seem to be many different breeds of animals (only reason not to have 5 stars ) we loved the baboons but didn't take the car in , we learnt from previous experience and the big cats were fab,... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent the whole day here so very good value for money. First went on drive around and had all sorts of animals walking next to the car including lions. Then had picnic lunch and went around the other animals on foot. Saw the sea lion and bird show and went to the cafe. Brilliant day out.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely day out.the Safari was great although if you like your car avoid the baboons. Plenty of things to do.Bought a £10 wrist band for the rides but considering we'd already paid £55 for the entrance was expensive might be nice to include this in the entrance price.The Sea Lion was fab and entertaining for the kiss

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time! We loved the mix of things to see by car and on foot! The baboon bus is definitely worth the £5 as you get a lap of the entire safari route and a great talk about all the animals you see! The tour guide we had was lovely and had some really great knowledge! We... More 

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