Chester Zoo

Address: Upton-by-Chester, Chester, CH2 1LH, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01244 380280

- Expensive


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.

Value for money

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

Offer codes and vouchers are frequently advertised online – scour the net before purchasing.

This isn’t a cheap day out for the family, so book online and save 10 per cent.

Avoid Bank Holidays - the zoo is extremely busy.

The post code to use for sat-nav devices is CH2 1EU.

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.

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.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Education
  • Nature / wildlife