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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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Great value

Safari in reverse, we go every couple of years, made a change going backwards ☺. Still well priced... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Darren John Pai... R
Great day out

We went for a day out with our little boy. It could seem expensive at first but cheaper if you book... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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Reviewed yesterday

Safari in reverse, we go every couple of years, made a change going backwards ☺. Still well priced wristbands for kids. Please put some benches for train non passenger waiting... be more vigilant with ticket dodgers

Thank Darren John Pai... R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went for a day out with our little boy. It could seem expensive at first but cheaper if you book tickets online. You can do the drive as many times as you like. Our little lad had a great time and we even saw...More

Thank Pilgrimjohnson
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had another fantastic day out. The big cats create a new experience with every visit and so far the baboons have not torn lumps off the car yet. The other areas which normally go unmentioned contain ungulates and grazers such as Rhinos, buffalo etc....More

Thank Karaoke-Oggy
Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought £15 for a car full of people was good value. It was a very hot day, so the animals were mostly lying down or sleeping. We had a rental car so we didn't go in to the Baboons. We were looking forward to...More

Thank seanorawe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Due to the very hot weather its understandable the animals in the zoo was not that active but as far as the zoo having not a lot of animals in there when it states differently on the signs is a bit disappointing we was looking...More

1  Thank Jbreezy96
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location very easy to find ....baboon bus a must!! Had a fab time and weather was lovely to....

Thank Diane M
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great guided tour on the baboon bus to see the animals followed by a walk to see the giraffes and elephants, a very entertaining sealion show followed by rides in the amusement park and delicious ice cream. A perfect day trip!

Thank Ana R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Seems we have an annual pilgrimage to KSP but always worth it. We went on the hottest day of the year so far which is why I titled the review as I did. After the safari drive through, lunch, face painting (amazing for the granddaughter),...More

Thank yosahughes65
Reviewed 1 week ago

We paid top price for our pre-planned (birthday treat) weekend visit and had such an amazing day, worth every penny. So many amazing encounters with animals too numerous to describe (such as mummy and baby rhino playing). The park is very well thought-out and the...More

1  Thank Alison S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of older folk visited Knowsley Safari Park this week - it was excellent! We got ourselves organised on our short visit & managed to watch the Sealions display, the Free flying birds, visited the Bat Cave, saw the Elephants being fed & had...More

Thank NannyGrottBaggs
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Hi I see you have reduced entrance prices for oap's and families but I was wondering if you did anything for special needs children and their carers. Thanks
18 May 2017|
Response from Suzi1211 | Reviewed this property |
I showed my letter and attended for free as I'm a carer
Can we come in soft too if we don't go through lions and baboons. And if so can we have the roof down ?
4 May 2017|
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Response from Knowsley S | Property representative |
Hi. We do allow soft tops but you must keep the top up throughout the safari drive and as you said we cannot allow access to the Baboon and Lion enclosure. As stated by others we do have a bus service that runs weekends and... More
Kandy P
Is the sea lion show under cover?
23 April 2017|
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Response from Suzi1211 | Reviewed this property |
Yes the sea lion show is in a large building with a small pool outside to watch others