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Chester Zoo

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Upton by Chester

Tel: 01244 380280

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Islands at Chester Zoo


Visit Chester Zoo, the largest zoo in Britain  - a world of wildlife awaits you!

New for 2015, intrepid explorers can now experience Islands at Chester Zoo, recreating the amazing tropical environments of six South East Asian islands, and making them yours to explore. Along the way you’ll discover some of the world’s most amazing animals, all in natural habitats. You’ll feel more like a group of intrepid explorers than a family visiting the zoo; and afterwards you can tell us all about what you discovered, just like real conservationists.

Highlights of your expedition will include looking for the Sumatran tiger tracks, a visit to the stunning Bali starling in Nusa Penida and a tree top encounter with an orangutan. You can also take the Lazy River Boat Trip around all six Islands to discover more of the precious wildlife found there.

Discover over 12,500 wonderful animals and 400 different species including some of the most endangered in the world!
From the magnificent elephants and rhinos to the delicate butterflies, there is a different animal to see around every corner of this amazing 110 acres of award-winning gardens.

Enjoy daily animal talks, children’s play areas, themed gardens and a choice of restaurants and kiosks – there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes. Kids and grown-ups will love the Zoofari monorail; it gives you a giraffe’s eye view of the zoo. Or, take things a little easier and relax on the Waterbus.

First shown in September 2014, Our Zoo, was a six-part BBC drama following the inspiring story of Chester Zoo’s founder George Mottershead and his family in the 1930s.

With incredible single-mindedness, George Mottershead drove himself and his family to realise his ambition to transform a ramshackle house on the outskirts of Chester into a unique visitor attraction that would change forever the way zoos kept animals.



  • A Fantastic Family Day Out
  • Islands at Chester Zoo


Provider Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • Marketing Cheshire Member
  • Outdoor Attraction


  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - We have a “loop system” installed at some of our main customer contact areas, including our gates. Simply look out for the blue and white logo
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Guide dogs and sensing/hearing dogs are very welcome at the Zoo. However, we do ask that they avoid our Monkey, Chimpanzee and Elephant enclosures.
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - On arrival you will find 35 designated parking spaces for orange or blue badge holders.
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free - Free entry for registered Blue or Green Badge Guides (on production of a valid badge) whether escorting a group or visiting independently
  • Delta accepted
  • Diners Club accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Group rates available for groups of 15 or more.
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates - Discounts to groups of 15 people or more.
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Civil Weddings
  • Conference facilities - Meeting rooms available
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Check website

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The motorway and road network means that Chester Zoo is easy to reach from all over the UK, and you can visit in under two hours from as far as Birmingham or Leeds.From the M56, Junction 14, or M53 Junction 12, follow the brown signs to Chester Zoo. The postcode for sat nav is CH2 1EU.The zoo is also clearly signed on the A41 Chester road.The zoo is on the national cycle network and there are cycle racks at both the main and pedestrian entrance.

Public Transport Directions

Sunday bus service is now the same as weekdays.DB2 service – entrance via bridal path now so this needs updating as it is on

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  • Regional and MiscellaneousVCC Sustainable Tourism Award VCC Sustainable Tourism Award 2010
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Large Visitor Attraction of the Year MC Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2011
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Best Tourism Experience of the Year MC Best Tourism Experience of the Year 2014
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Best Event of the Year MC Best Event of the Year 2011

Opening Times

Open All Year
2015 (27 Dec 2014 - 24 Dec 2015)

* Open: 10am – 5:30 pm


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£18.00 per ticket
Child£14.50 per ticket

Get the best price when you buy your ticket online and beat the queues with fast track admission. Chester Zoo have flexible pricing for families too! Discounted rates for group and school visits.

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