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1. Chester Zoo

Top 10 ten places to visit in North West England - Chester

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo covers 110 acres, with new projects and attractions opening all the time. Although slightly smaller than London Zoo, it feels more spacious and relaxed.

There are over 500 species of animals here, with favourites such as elephants, giraffes, chimps, tigers and sea-lions, as well as otters, cranes and smaller creatures including fish and reptiles. Animals are grouped by region in large paddocks and can be viewed from a maze of pathways, the monorail or the water bus.

The zoo has had notable success with special conservation projects, not only here but by providing funding and support to research to field studies abroad. The innovative ethos is carried through to the design and construction of the animal’s environments and the visitor experience as a whole.

The Rainforest Habitat, the Bat Cave, and the Chimpanzee Forest which has the biggest climbing frame in the country are good examples of this, and kids will also be able to enjoy some of the other activities on offer like the Animal Discovery Centre, face painting and the “growl zone.”

Zoos are hungry work, so there is a choice of four different cafes and restaurants, The Ark Restaurant, Café Tsavo, Oakfield House Tearoom and Restaurant and The Acorn Bar.

Chester Zoo Address:
Chester Zoo
Upton-by-Chester
Chester
CH2 1LH
England, UK

Chester Zoo Opening Times:
The Zoo is open all year except Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
Gates & Animal Houses 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Ark Shop & Cafe Tsavo, 10.00 am top 5.30 pm
Ark Restaurant & Fountain Shop 10.30 am to 5.00 pm
Last admission is 1 hour before closing
In adverse weather conditions the zoo may close earlier than the stated time.

Chester Zoo Admission:
Standard prices (includes a 10% donation towards the zoo's conservation work)
Adult: Low Season £13.60, Mid Season £15.95, High Season £16.90
Children: (3-15 yrs) Low Season 9.90, Mid Season £10.95, High Season £12.45
Infants: (2 yrs or under) Free
Concessions: Low Season £12.05, Mid Season 14.15, High Season £15.25
Family: (2 adults/2children) Low Season £41.50, Mid Season £49.50, High Season £55.00  
 
Low season prices apply to the following dates:
Friday 1st January to Friday 12th February, Monday 22nd February to Friday 26th March and Monday 1st November to Friday 31st December

Mid season prices apply to the following dates:
Saturday 13th February to Sunday 21st February, Monday 12th April to Friday 30th April, Tuesday 4th May to Friday 28th May, Monday 14th June to Friday 16th July and Monday 6th September to Sunday 31st October

High season prices apply to the following dates:
Saturday 27th March to Sunday 11th April, Saturday 1st May to Monday 3rd May, Saturday 29th May to Sunday 13th June, Saturday 17th July to Sunday 5th September
 
T  +44 (0)1244 380 280

F  +44 (0)1244 371 273

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