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“What a great day”
Review of Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo
Ranked #1 of 91 things to do in Chester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We're the UK's number one charity zoo, with over 15,000 animals and 500 different species, including some of the most endangered species on the planet. With 1.9 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Preston, United Kingdom
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“What a great day”
Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

I came with my best friend n her family.

We had a lovely day the weather was great. The place is very big n very will sign posted n easy to get around. I loved all the things for the kids so much for them to do.

I will definitely be returning.

Thank Elizabeth W
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“If Carlsberg did zoos......”
Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

This is an exceptional zoo with plenty to see. Fascinating day out especially with young children. Its a huge plot and takes a full day to get round. Although pricey in the cafes its well worth it for a one off day out.

Visited 3 times now travelling all the way from Newcastle

If you visit i would recommend staying at chester brooklands b&b

Thank Joec9806
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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“Excellent Day out”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We caught the bus from the station - you get ticket for the bus in the station itself. Our first thing at the zoo was the meerkat experience which you have to book in advance. This was amazing and the keeper really knew her stuff. You get to feed the meerkats with worms and learn all about them. It's a little expensive but well worth it.
We took the monorail to the far end and walked back, stopping half way to buy a picnic lunch. We bought two of the gold picnics and this was way to much, so take care which you buy. Buying a picnic was definately a good idea as it saves the hassle of queing for a meal or carrying sandwiches around all day.
The monkey house should be on your list if not for the monkeys but just to se the kids faces when they start to eat their own poo. There are loads of places to buy food / drink etc and a gift shop on the way out (I thought this was a little dissapointing).
There are loads of animals to see and all the area is clean and well maintained
A must to see if you visit Chester

Visited June 2014
Thank VentureLeader
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“A great day out for the whole family”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We visited Chester Zoo when the weather was good - I imagine when it's a rainy day, the day could be ruined somewhat as the majority of the attractions are outside. The price was reasonable - £22 each per person, with our 2 year old being free (children 3 and over are £18). We paid on the day and said that the £22 included a donation to them, saying that if we preferred that could be removed, making it £20. We did feel it was slightly cheeky adding it on first rather than asking us if we wanted to pay it but as it was towards their conservation work.

The food areas were ok - I didn't think the food was fantastic though, I went for a burger at the main food court but it wasn't brilliant and cost around £9. It did also include chips, salad and a drink though which was refillable. Other things on offer were fish and chips and pizza - usual fast food types - as well as sandwiches. We said when we go again we'll opt for our own packed lunch if the weather is good as there are plenty of grassed and picnic areas to use.

The attractions are great - the usual zoo animals were all seen including lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes (there were lots of them!), penguins, monkeys, leopards, zebras. There were some enclosures that said there were animals but we couldn't see anything but they do warn you beforehand on the website that not all animals may be visible. There are also indoor attraction, the aquarium was quite good to see. The park is quite vast - we spent the whole day there from when it opened until near closing time and just about saw everything but it was during term time that we went so wasn't very busy. I imagine in the holidays it would be far busier. Some areas seemed very quiet, around where the zebras were at the very edges of the park. The park has a monorail service that runs around too. Although we didn't use it, they seemed very regular and we saw lots of trains throughout the day.

There aren't that many shops around for gifts in the park itself but there is a huge shop at the front of the park before the entrance which is one of the best gift shops I've seen! There are a huge selection of things, cuddly toys of the animals seem to be priced at around £9 - £12 for the small to medium ones. There's also a selection of clothings, stationery, ornaments - everything you can think of really!

We loved our day at the park and we'll definitely be returning. It's a great day out that the whole family can enjoy and I feel is reasonable value for money.

Visited June 2014
Thank Nic-Ant
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“Conservation At The Heart!”
Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

You often go to zoo's that talk about conservation being at the heart of their ethos but at Chester Zoo you really do believe it. The animals seem to have a dynamic living space and are stimulated . I guess in an ideal world all animals should roam free but we don't live in this world anymore so without places likes Chester Zoo many would simply become extinct. Good day out for the kids and the African Hunting Dogs are our firm favourite.

Thank callcentreboy
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