Chester Zoo is home to over 20,000 animals across 125 hectares on the outskirts of Chester in the north west of England. Opened by George Mottershead in 1931, its founder’s aim was to create a zoo which was free of caged iron bars, instead using moats and ditches to enclose the animals. Due to its work with endangered species, its daily animal talks and its one-off events such as ‘Pokemon Wednesday’, Chester Zoo now has 1.6 million visitors a year and has become one of the UK’s main wildlife centres. It recently completed ‘Islands’, a huge 15-acre exhibit which recreates six tropical islands and which will eventually be home to 650 animals and 52,000 plants.
The zoo is open from 10am every day throughout the year except on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Its closing time varies so it’s advisable to check their website. Ticket prices vary according to the season but are generally cheaper if you visit midweek and are also up to 10% cheaper if you buy them online. You can reach Chester Zoo by catching a train to Chester Station and then a short bus ride to the zoo. Combination travel and zoo entry tickets are available from train operators and there is also free parking. The nearest airport is Manchester International Airport.
It’s sensible to book early during school and bank holidays and in particular for special events and exhibits such as the Swift Masterclass and Pokemon Wednesday.
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Chester Cathedral, a spectacular Grade 1 listed building which is believed to date back to Roman times, is located in Chester city centre. If you’d like to take in some scenery by boat, why not go for a cruise along the local River Dee? Or, if it’s nightlife you’re after, catch the train to Liverpool or Manchester city centres where you’ll find plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants to keep you entertained.
To find out more about the animals you’ll meet on your visit and to have a look at the Interactive Zoo Map and how to plan your visit, please go to the official website. You’ll also be able to check out the seasonal opening times, the popular Islands attraction and take advantage of the online discount when booking tickets.
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