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Chester Zoo

#1 of 91 things to do in Chester Features Animals
Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 1LH, England
+44 1244 380280
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Not a Great Place

Animal enclosures far too small for the amount of animals living in them. Smelly enclosures. No... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Market Deeping, Peterborough, England
Going to the Zoo. A great day out!

We really enjoyed our trip to Chester Zoo. We need a return trip as there is so much to see. As a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Andrew D
St Neots, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Terrible1%
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“bat cave” (412 reviews)
“butterfly house” (235 reviews)
“islands area” (132 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 1LH, England
+44 1244 380280

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Reviewed yesterday

Animal enclosures far too small for the amount of animals living in them. Smelly enclosures. No enrichment to keep animals interested and happy.

Thank Lemoncello12
Reviewed 2 days ago

We really enjoyed our trip to Chester Zoo. We need a return trip as there is so much to see. As a wheelchair user we were able to access everything we wanted.

Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited for the first time, it was so wonderful! They have such a wide verity of animals (elephants, giraffes, tigers.) we went on a little boat ride which was lovely and relaxing. Very big place so I recommend comfy shoes. The food places are all...More

Thank Alison s
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We very much enjoyed our first visit to Chester Zoo. We went on a Monday which meant it wasn't too busy or crowded, and we had a great time looking at all the animals. We didn't get to see some that we wanted to, as...More

Thank Emily W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Who doesn't like animals !!!! Great day out, even the rain didn't stop anyone. Wonderful enclosure, healthy looking animals and the staff were so friendly and helpful. Highlight of my trip definitely was the bats!!! Epic and so nice to see them so up close...More

Thank Lunnfunfish
Reviewed 2 days ago

Amazing collection, site is all on the flat and easy to get around. Loads of pic nic areas, places to eat and play areas for the kids, spent a full day from 10am till 4:30 and still didnt see everything! Nice little boat trip in...More

Thank rayusher
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I'll start off by saying this is a fantastic zoo, great variety of animals and plenty of information. Really enjoyed a great day out. That said we opted for one of the souvenir cups with unlimited refills for the day... What they don't tell you...More

Thank Jimma1985
Reviewed 2 days ago

I have to say am not a big fan of Zoo's but as it was my birthday and as a special request from my Grandaughter I came along. Really enjoyed the day though, lots to see & do the monorail was brilliant for getting around...More

Thank geoff b
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our favourite zoo. The Islands section is fantastic and the boat ride offers a different view of many of the animals. We were there from 10 til 5 and just about saw everything. Staff and volunteers are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable

Thank Sharpy0507
Reviewed 2 days ago

A couple of months ago, me, my mum and my dad drove down to Chester, which took three hours, to go to the zoo. We stayed in a hotel called The Best Western Hotel, the room we had was outstanding and very spacious. We stayed...More

Thank mrdyear5
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Jade I
Are the maps free? How much are there if you have to pay?
21 June 2017|
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Response from David G | Reviewed this property |
The staff will give you for free as you enter 😎
Sarah B
Is the membership worth the cost?
4 June 2017|
Response from dannybmanchester14 | Reviewed this property |
We looked into it as we go a few times a year but only you can answer that if you go 15 times a year then yea
Sarah B
Can you see all the zoo in a day?
4 June 2017|
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Response from EmmaLouWea | Reviewed this property |
You can but id advise getting there early as there is so much to see you can spend an entire day there. i got there at 11am, had lunch and by 5pm id seen everything and had time to look in the gift shop but if you wanted to... More