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Knowsley Safari Park

#1 of 11 things to do in Prescot Features Animals
A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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Excellent day out

We decided to visit Knowsley Safari Park as a summer holiday day out for our grandson - it was an... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stockport, United Kingdom
Amazing day with amazing staff

I went to the knowsley safari park with the create team from knowsley council Liverpool and the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mary D
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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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.
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A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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Reviewed yesterday

We decided to visit Knowsley Safari Park as a summer holiday day out for our grandson - it was an excellent choice for a day out. The Safari Drive was brilliant with so many animals to see in close proximity from the car - the...More

Thank manswa
Reviewed 2 days ago

I went to the knowsley safari park with the create team from knowsley council Liverpool and the days I went were amazing. The staff were fab and always wiling to help and would go out of there way to help especially as we were with...More

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had not been before and were very pleasantly surprised! Very clean, well laid out, accessible without walking miles, brilliant sea lion display, all the animals kids love and all at a very reasonable price ( including fair rides)!! Eateries were clean and food was...More

Thank Richard K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Came for a day out. It was a lovely day. I did the coach tour round the park which was very good. I learnt a lot about the animals. Theme park is fun with some fun rides. Food areas are nice. Staff are very friendly...More

Thank Richardjj1986
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Easy to get to easy to navigate the park it's self the drive through safari allows for lots of picture opportunities. The Baboons do and will most likely damage your car be aware. The main walking part has plenty to see and do, fairground rides...More

Thank James M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Took my granddaughter to Knowsley Safari Park it was everything I wanted. My granddaughter had a wonderful time and would definitely go back. The only down side was not enough toilets.

Thank Christine O
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Took our grandkids for a day out it was expensive to get in £52 and there was a poor selection of animals no where near the variety that there was years ago, the baboons were fun as ever but the lion enclosure was closed !...More

Thank Mark O
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had a good day at Knowsley safari park today. The weather was good but some of the animals weren't playing ball today. Really enjoyed the sealion show and the children enjoyed the rides.

Thank Suzanne L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited here on a Monday in the summer holidays...kids (12, 10, 7) loved the safari drive, in particular the baboons climbing all over our car (it needed a good clean afterwards). The park itself also good...they loved the Free Flying Bat Cave and other animals...More

Thank Anne P
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took our 2 six and 10 year old grand kids there for the day and there was something for everybody A little bit of interesting education and a lot of fu And great value especially the £10 wristbands for the kids enabling them to...More

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Leigh S
14 August 2017|
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Response from andy b | Reviewed this property |
Roughly 10 rides but unlimited access, a 12 year old might find them a bit boring
28 July 2017|
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Response from henryMC13 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for late reply ... yes there is a car park 👍
19 July 2017|
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Response from crazyhorse6 | Reviewed this property |
No not at all you can go on the Baboon Bus in fact I would highly reccomend it it's a great experience you get a running commentary of the animals by Nick the driver. The baboon enclosure is the best they climb all over the... More