Take the whole family to Chester Zoo

Upton near Chester, Cheshire

Venture to tantalising tropical islands in the heart of Cheshire with innovative exhibits at the UK’s most popular zoo.

Chester Zoo still thrives on the creative spirit of its founder George Mottershead - a famous pioneer of no-bars zoos who back in 1931 preferred to use ditches and moats to separate the animals. Today, the zoo remains at the forefront of innovative conservation, shown to the full with recreations of various tropical biomes, including Gir National Park in India (home to a pride of Asiatic Lions) and Madagascar.

Conservation comes to life as you enjoy an expedition over bridges and a journey on water that links the islands in what is one of the most ambitious zoo developments in Europe. With over 12,500 animals and 400 different species, there's a great variety in the zoo and every animal is properly cared and catered for by dedicated staff; learn more about these projects or simply take in the sights and sounds on your journey around the zoo.

The kids will be kept busy too with multiple playgrounds and art activities on-site. Plan your trip in advance with the site's helpful day planner, and be sure to book more than 7 days in advance to save a little bit of money too.

Chester Zoo is open all year round from 10am till late afternoon depending on season (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day); check the site's calendar for more information on monthly events.

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The lion enclosure at Chester Zoo The lion enclosure at Chester Zoo © Chester Zoo
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Four humboldt penguin chicks hatched at Chester zoo in April 2014Four humboldt penguin chicks hatched at Chester zoo in April 2014 © Chester Zoo

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