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Review of Knowsley Safari

Knowsley Safari
Ranked #1 of 14 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 older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

Went today....full car for £15 what's not to love. We got there before 10.30am (raining but who cares) and drove round 3 times in all during the day as well as the foot safari, bird display and sealions. Took a packed lunch, hardly spent money and saw amazing animals and had lions walking next to the car (jaw dropping). One of the camels even had a good 5 min scratch on our car mirror haha! Missed the elephants but understand the reasons behind this and some other bits of work/improvement going on. Great day and we had no kids with us. The staff are so lucky to work here :)

Thank ClaireabelleRed
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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

Could not fault this day, £15 a car! Staff at front desk helpful and really friendly, we had a incident with our car coming into the lions section, the rangers helped fix the situation and we was not allowed in the gates, however they took us in the rangers jeep to see the lions as we had a young child with us. Overall this day was lovely considering it was a rainy day the staff was above and beyond to make our day more special!

Thank GabyJones32
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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

Was a lovely few hours out. Not many animals around but understandable in winter. The foot safari was chocker and the cafe was queuing out of the door. Kids really loved the monkeys and the car got away unscathed thankfully. Bargain at £15 per car but wouldn’t pay the full price for 7 of us.

Thank Mumoffour3326
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

had a great day out the the children highly recomended for families great value for money. Visited the cafe for lunch it was extra busy but you must expect this when visiting at peak times.

1  Thank Carolyn F
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Took advantage of the £15 per car off this weekend and spent over an hour getting out of the car park, despite leaving an hour before the park closed. Absolute joke, why they don't have people marshaling the car park I have no idea.

Even without the car parking issues, it had been completely oversold, we were queuing to get into the safari for 20 minutes and if we hadn't skipped a lot of the animals, it would've taken 2 hours to get around.

Never going back again, day completely ruined.

2  Thank devilcake
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