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“Great day out for the family”
Review of Knowsley Safari

Knowsley Safari
Ranked #2 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, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great full day out here doing both the walking and driving safari. Loads of great rides for the little ones. Sea lion show was great. Plenty of food and drink available as well as loads of room for picnics.

Thank DaveH2201
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really impressed with this place, great value, loads to see and enjoy. Don’t miss the bird flight display it’s the best I’ve seen and a I’ve seen a few.
The sea lion display was also enjoyable. Definitely worth visiting & I am really impressed with the value for money.
I was also impressed with the food, again good value, well cooked and really clean area to eat in.
It’s truly is great day out for everyone!

Thank Lorraine L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've seen a some of negative reviews of knowsley including "baboons wrecked my car" "restaurant is expensive" "half the fair is closed" "toilets are dirty" blah blah blah...i paid £20 for 2 adults and 2 children because of their mon to fri £10 pp offer, i was free because i am my disabled sons carer and my other child was free because he's under 3, all the animals were so close to our car we could have touched them, there is plenty of warning about the baboon enclosure and the safe route is right next to it, the toilets were immaculate, we paid £20.00 for 2 kids meals, 2 great sized and delicious wraps and 4 drinks (mcdonalds is more expensive) we paid £20.00 in the gift shop for a bunch of toys and sweets, the foot safari is great, the staff take time to talk to you about the animals (shout out to the nice fella working the bat cave) the birds of prey show was fascinating, there's a cool little nature walk. Ok, some rides were shut but we didn't go for rides. Its a wonderful day out and we will go again and again because my kids loved it. Thanks Knowsley.

Thank sheila h
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a great time at this safari park even though it rained all day. We got the safari mini bus around the animal enclosures. The lions were beautiful and the baboons were fun to see ! The sea lion show was very entertaining also, I look forward to going back again. There in an indoor food area which was ideal considering the weather, gift shops and many other things to see there including rides for children.

Thank ironthronequeen
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently visited the safari park after not being for around 6 years. We were really impressed with the improvements they have made to the park and are glad that they have kept some of the things that work well.

Its so nice to see the animals have such spacious enclosures unlike the zoos, and its amazing to get so close to some of these beautiful animals.

The walking safari is a brilliant addition to the driving safari and you can get so close to the giraffes.

I would definitely recommend for round families, and after the safari park up and make the most of the play facilities on offer, the kids will be entertained for hours!

Thank breesheyrough
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