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Address: Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 1LH, England
Phone Number: +44 1244 380280
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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We're the UK's number one charity zoo, with over 20,000 animals and 500...

We're the UK's number one charity zoo, with over 20,000 animals and 500 different species, including some of the most endangered species on the planet. With 1.6 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.

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An after-dark Wonder-land

Although our group was gifted with the presence of my two fabulous nephews, they were outnumbered 2.5-1 by us adults. It was our first visit to the lanterns experience, but it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Rugby, United Kingdom

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although our group was gifted with the presence of my two fabulous nephews, they were outnumbered 2.5-1 by us adults. It was our first visit to the lanterns experience, but it won't be our last! The evening was truly magical- as if the stationary displays of animal lanterns weren't awesome enough, the truly entrancing experience came from the interactive puppeted... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First time going to see the lanterns and it was well worth the visit. The kids and adults loved it, especially carrying their own lanterns. Wil defo go again.

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited for the first time with my adult autistic daughter and her carer and her son for support. Due to the zoo being dark and the staggered entry times we found the whole experience relaxing and enjoyable. The animated lanterns were extremely engaging which was enjoyed both by her son and my daughter. Events with autistic children can be stressful... More 

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Bromborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wow what a fantastic evening at Chester Zoo with the very beautiful and amazing Lanterns. Me and my 15 year old son absolutely loved it. The dedicated staff made a brilliant effort dressed up as animals...we laughed and were delighted with all the wonders on show. We even got to see Father Xmas on his sleigh...Ho Ho Ho. We will... More 

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Wrexham County, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

fantastic, well recommended definitely would go again. such a great, xmas atmosphere. brilliant family fun. food rather expensive though, although very tasty.

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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Took my wife and daughters (2+5) to the lantern parade for the first time, wasn't sure what to expect and was dreading the kids being bored and/or tired with a 6.30pm entry. Was dubious of the anticipated 90 mins to walk the route but what can I say.....everyone loved it, my youngest was mesmerised by the Zebra crossing and that... More 

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Chester UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A truly magical evening. As members we know the zoo well, but last night it seemed like a different place. The cranes and the flamingos were wonderful. So much work had gone into the displays. Well worth the cost, even without children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As members we know that Chester Zoo offers a fantastic day out, especially if you bring your own picnic. However, this was our first Chester Zoo Lanterns event and we were incredibly impressed by this fantastic family friendly experience which would appeal to anyone who is young at heart. I would especially recommend this magical event to families with children... More 

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Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Myself, two sons an ex husband visited the lanterns at the zoo for the first time ever didn't know what to expect and was blown away by the amazing sights and all the different lanterns fantastic effort by the zoo and well worth the money can't wait to do it again next year. Loved the variety of food on offer... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The whole experience was amazing, all my kids really enjoyed it (12yrs 10yrs & 16mths) The effects was outstanding. The reason I didn't give it top marks, is myself & my mum are members and I still had to pay full price! Also I thought the hotdogs were very mediocre, as I ordered both types, kids(plain) and adults (German) both... More 

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