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Review of Knowsley Safari

Knowsley Safari
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Prescot
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

So tempted to get an annual ticket. Been here twice in the last 6 months, and will continue to do so. Took my little boy for a day out and he too loves it. We find it hilarious going through the monkey enclosure, watching everyone have their car ripped to shreds (they know it will happen but still looked miffed )
Sealion show is brilliant and so is the Bat cave. Restaurant is ok but can get a bit packed. Packed lunch is the best option. Will be returning soon.

1  Thank Wadders84
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Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

What a fabulous day out we had, we on the drive twice, watched the sea lion show (utterly amazing and educational too)

The rides are cheap enough, food was yummy and we loved the little steam engine can't wait to go back so we can do the nature walk and watch the bird display

By the way if you don't like things flying round you don't go into the bat cave (terrified me)

7  Thank MummysAngels
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Reviewed 17 November 2015 via mobile

Been here a couple of times but this visit they offered a family discount during term break which bowled me over, used to getting ripped off during term times so this was a pleasant surprise. The animals were in good viewing form which delighted the kids, the fair had an offer on which incl all rides for £10 they more than got there monies worth,so thanks for a pleasant trip

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Reviewed 16 November 2015 via mobile

The safari park is great. We got to see monkeys lions rhino etc. The trip was definitely worth it! Would definitely recommend it!

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Reviewed 10 November 2015 via mobile

Having recently visited this venue, I am happy to recommend this attraction.
Seeing wild animals not in cages is a preferable setting, although some of the surroundings still seem out of context, e.g. Certain animals sharing same territory.
But the freedom to roam (in some areas) for these creature can produce unique moments, e.g. Emu traffic wardens or baboon car maintenance staff!
The shop, walk area and rides are a pleasant alternative to the safari tour, and particularly the bird of prey display was brilliant!
I will be going back next year l!

1  Thank Philip K
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