Chester Zoo

Price guide: Expensive

Upton-by-Chester, Chester, CH2 1LH

Price guide: Expensive

The elephants. Photo courtesy of Chester Zoo
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Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Education, Nature / wildlife

Best for Families - Expert review of Chester Zoo

A hugely popular zoo with more than 7,000 animals on display.

More than a million visitors wander around the zoo’s 11 miles of pathways and 500 acres of grounds every year. In the 1930s the founder realised his dream, after once stating: “when I have a zoo, it won't have any bars”. I can’t say I’m a massive fan of zoos, but these guys strive to provide habitats that are as natural as possible, and invest a huge amount in conservation activities.

The kids will love it – and will learn lots about the natural world thanks to the zoo’s family-friendly educational slant.

Price advice: 

I kind of resent that the zoo fixes its prices throughout the year according to peak times (generally “high season” means the kids are off school), rather than seasonally. Prices range from £13.60 for adults and £9.90 for kids aged 3-15 during low season, to £16.90 and £12.45 respectively in high season. See the website for prices when you’re planning to visit.

Expert tips: 
The zoo is not within walking distance of the city centre. See my advice on how to get around for helpful hints on getting to the zoo.
The post code to use for sat-nav devices is CH2 1EU.
Avoid Bank Holidays - the zoo is extremely busy.
This isn’t a cheap day out for the family, so book online and save 10 per cent.
Offer codes and vouchers are frequently advertised online – scour the net before purchasing.
Make the most of your entry fee and plan your day around animal talks and feeding times, advertised online and at the entrance of the zoo.

More information on Chester Zoo:

Price guide:
Zoo / wildlife park / aquarium
Upton-by-Chester, Chester, CH2 1LH
01244 380280
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
10am-6pm in summer, check the website for seasonal variations

Have you been to Chester Zoo? Would you recommended it?