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Have a Fantastic Day Out!
Every visit to Chester Zoo is a unique and exciting experience! The UK's number one Zoo, close to the historic city of Chester, is set in 110 acres of award-winning gardens. In this spectacular setting are over 7000 animals – more than 400 species of rare, exotic and endangered wildlife. There's so much to do and see, with lots of great activities for all the family. With more than one million visitors every year, the Zoo is an all-year round favourite attraction for kids of all ages!

Chester Zoo's gardens are deservedly famous with different garden areas representing different regions and type of plants, may of which are rare or extinct. They provide a glorious backdrop to the animals and reflect the natural habitats of some of our most exotic species. Animals and Plants at the zoo


When it's play time for the children, then the Fun Ark is the place to be. Lively children can enjoy, running, jumping and climbing - whilst mums and das have a well deserved rest.

For refreshments and meals, you are spoilt for choice at Chester Zoo. From the elegant surroundings of Oakfield Manor to family meals in the Tsavo Café and Ark Restaurant and take-away kiosks, we have something to suit every taste and budget. Plus for gifts and souvenirs, our shops stock an excellent range of goods.

The Zoo is completely wheelchair and pushchair accessible, and all of our toilet facilities have disabled access, as well as plenty of Parent and Baby changing rooms.

We have lockers avaliable, wheelchair hire, buggy hire (small charge applies).

In order to ensure you see everything you wish to on your day out, there are clear signs and large maps located across the Zoo. To help plan your visit, you can download a map of the Zoo by clicking here.

Our staff are always on hand to answer your questions and help you make the most of your day out. Enjoy your visit!

The 110-acre Zoo opens at 10am every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Last entry and closing times vary with the seasons. Please click here for a detailed list of opening and closing times.

Car parking is free. For directions to the Zoo, please download our detailed map.





What's Happening?

What's in a Name? What happend when we visited the Zoo?

Read about our trip to Chester Zoo and see how we got on with the huge amount of animals and attractions to see!

Our visit to Chester Zoo Feb 2009

  1 million facelift for Zoo 2016

Work on an ambitious 1 million project to transform the main entrance to Chester Zoo got underway today (February 19).

Latest Chester Zoo Review

New for 2016 - Realm of the Red Ape - Visit this spectacular new attraction for the Zoo's Bornean and Sumatran orang-utans, including two youngsters, Budi and Utara, in their new tropical environment
"....... an absolutely superb day out the family had at Chester Zoo! Since our last visit ( two years ago), Chester zoo has made extraordinary efforts to update and renew all areas. It is really easy to get around, prices for French lessons food & drinks are not too bad (including the beer garden!) The Zoo staff are friendly and helpful and the new butterfly house kept the children enthralled. We will definately be visiting again very soon. " plumbers

Following three wonderful days of excitement, prize-winning animals and family fun at the 2003 Show, plans are underway for yet another huge event in 2004! 

An enormous crowd of 62,000 people passed through the gates of zoo in May 2003 to enjoy the wide private jet variety of entertainment, witness parades of livestock and do a spot of shopping at the many tradestands on offer. 

2004 is set to surpass this…with even more top attractions (both in the Main Arena and the Showgrounds), top International Show Jumping, family entertainment, Sheep Shearing and live bands. Of course you will also have the opportunity to view Air Cargo Services the cream of Northern Ireland livestock competing for the prestigious prizes in the rings, which will have travelled from all over Ireland to take part. There will be a host of fun things for children to see and do, including playing with baby animals in the Children's Farm and having their faces painted. 

This website will be regularly updated Tutorcom Language Courses throughout the year as events and attractions are confirmed. The Show will be open Wednesday 12th - Friday 14th May 2004 from 9.30am - 8.00pm daily - so come along and join the fun! 

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