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“Lovely bank holiday ”
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: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

We had absolutely excellent time! The park was clean with plenty to do and the main thing was that no-one was rushing around and we had enough time to watch the animals and even take some decent photos. There was a bit of waiting when we got into the driving safari but soon it spread lovely.
Plenty of navigation signs and the staff very helpful!

Thank Monika D
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

The safari itself was a bit disappointing as you only get to see mainly hoof stock whilst going round. Rhino and Lions are the only really exciting animals. Ooh and the baboons, but there was no way we were driving through there. Lots of cars with broken wind screen wipers! Good enrichment for the baboons.
The foot safari was Good, lots of different animals, giraffe, wild dogs and elephants to name a few. The kids enjoyed the rides.
All in all a good day out. Value for money as there was 20% off bookings, but it's extra for the rides.

Thank rachiebabes10
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Booking the tickets and the baboon bus was easy, however totally over priced compared with what you get & even more to pay when you get there!

First of all the good:

The sea lion show is excellent and the safari is mediocre, leaning towards good with a high recomendation for the baboon bus so that your car stays in one piece!

Now the bad:

Traffic issues on safari are dreadful, stop start, stop start... The baboon bus is expensive at £5's each which is on top of the entry fee's. There are also rides at the attraction which are totally overpriced!... £10 for a wrist band each and the rides are not very good at all

I would recommend going, but just don't expect too much! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

Thank Graham W
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

There is a driving safari and a foot safari to enjoy there. Unfortunately a lot of the animals are the same. Plus started feeling sorry for them been cooped up there instead of in the wild. But....still got to see them close up. The food was horrendous and would defo recommend taking your own food. Over priced and tasteless would sum it up. The gift shop as with all these types of places was also over priced. Also there was a little fair there which would have been better if it was included in the entrance fee. We did all leave happy though. Probably wouldn't go in a while again, but would recommend for others to experience it.

Thank Raheem A
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Visited here on the August bank holiday weekend (Saturday) first time here & we all loved it! We booked online so got tickets a bit cheaper, we did the safari, then round the park, enjoyed the sealion show & other bits, had a go on the row boats, £5 per boat (bargain compared to some places) & decided to buy lunch in the main restaurant, expected it to be waaaay overpriced like some other places like this, but to be fair found it reasonable, about £30 for 4 adult meals & drinks (decent portions aswell) ... the monkeys in safari were definately our favourite bit absolutely hillarious! Pulling allsorts off my sisters car! But to be fair she knew exactly what to expect in there & was worth the minor repairs she will need! Seen other reviews on here moaning about the monkeys damaging their cars... well they are in a seperate bit to the other animals that is optional to enter & clearly sign posted that the monkeys 'WILL' damage your car, so if people are going to complain about damage its simple enough to take the 'car friendly' route :-) i would personally reccomend this place, an excellent day out was had by all & i would definately visit again! :-)

Thank Emma S
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