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About Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is a family-friendly, world-class hub for global conservation. Did you know it's the most visited zoo in the UK?! With over 37,000 endangered creatures, from the new snow leopard arrivals to many species of lemurs (pssttt...you can even walk through the lemur habitat!!) and 128 acres of zoological gardens to explore - You're in for a treat!

What's New At Chester Zoo?

Get ready for an experience unlike any other with Native: The Incredible World of British Wildlife - a unique immersive, 360-degree experience. You'll not only be amazed by the stunning visuals of a wildlife film projected onto the large screens but you'll also learn about wildlife on our doorstep!

Their NEW Snow Leopard Habitat is now open to visitors! Be one of the first to see the incredible animals.

There are also special seasonal events and activities all year round, from egg searches at Easter to after-hour fun in the light, warm summer evenings, to spooky trails at Halloween in autumn.

Easter 2024!

The Really Wild Easter Trail is running from the 23rd March - 14th April 2024. The trail is FREE with zoo entry. There will also be a golden egg hidden every day between 29th March - 14th April 2024. Find the egg to win a prize! Over Easter weekend 2024, you'll find a giant chicken friend near June's food court. Plus, there'll be daily activities for the whole family to enjoy! 

Conservation Work

Chester Zoo is also a world-leading conservation and education charity which means income raised from visitors goes towards their commitment to preventing extinction! As a not-for-profit, the zoo invests all proceeds into its conservation mission in the UK and around the world!

You can learn all about animals from all over the world, see them up close and learn about how conservation projects are helping to protect endangered species.

Psst... did you know that you can support the zoo by adopting one of the animals? You can find more information on animal adoption on their website.

Chester Zoo Wild Animals

Discover the incredible sights and sounds of the Southeast Asian jungle at Monsoon Forest! From meat-eating plants, ancient gharials, rare birds and a delightful family of orangutans - it's sure to be a fab family day out! The Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered and you can only see them at Chester Zoo!

Check out the plains of Africa and see the famous painted dogs or the mighty Asian elephants. Gaze at them in awe as one of the biggest land mammals in the world. If you love cats, you can find the Sumatran tigers and cheetahs in their animal habitat and see how they prowl around! Not forgetting the incredible pride of Asiatic lions!

Discover species from across the globe, from Sundha Gharial Crocodiles in the large Monsoon Forest bio-dome, snow leopards in their NEW specially-designed Himalayan habitat, to ring-tailed lemurs in their lemur walk-through - there's so much to experience!

Chester Zoo's Birds

Head to the Tropical Realm where you'll discover hundreds of amazing animal houses occupied with animals, from reptiles to amphibians and free-flight birds. Listen to the songs of South East Asian birds like the White-rumped shama, it is said to have the best songs in the songbird world!

Chester Zoo Plants & Gardens 

Did you know about Chester Zoo's botanical gardens? As well as beautiful animals, you have beautiful nature here too. There's lots to discover and admire here. From the stunning orchid national plant collection and the rock garden to the botanist's lab. Learn all about how they contribute to the ecosystem within animal habitats and their vital role outside of Chester Zoo!

Chester Zoo Animal Experiences

Become a zoo VIP and have a day experience of meeting some incredible animals! You'll be accompanied on a one-to-one personal keeper day, by some fabulous expert keepers who know all about the animals! So, they can answer whatever questions you may have.

From feeding lions (but from a zip wire, not in person!) to joining the expert keepers at the keeper feeding station on Lemur Island! You'll feed them their lunch before watching them leap back into the trees in their Lemur enclosure!

Dining & Gift Shop

Need to refuel those growling bellies? Head to House of Sumatra, Bembe Kitchen, Manado Street Kitchen and more, where you can grab yourself hot or cold food and refreshments, including Sunday lunch, authentic Southeast Asian street food and tasty snacks.

If you want to take something home to remember your trip, you can pop down to the Look Out gift shop or George's Sweet Shop for sweets and fun souvenirs!

Chester Zoo also offers free animal talks, interactive activities, a VR experience, children’s play areas, face painting, the Lazy River Boat Trip and shopping opportunities.

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The Really Wild Easter Trail

Running from 23rd March to 14th April, take part in The Really Wild Easter Trail! Find the golden egg to win a prize and take part in fun activities throughout the day. Keep an eye out for Chester Zoo's giant chicken friend over the Easter weekend (near June's Food Court).

Psstt... it's free with zoo entry!

NEW Snow Leopards

Chester Zoo has snow leopards!!! Check out their brand-new habitat on your next trip!* Are you as excited as we are?

*time restrictions apply

Native: The Incredible World of British Wildlife

From the filmmakers behind BBC and ITV documentaries comes an incredible new wildlife short film that will take you on an epic journey across Britain’s coasts, woodlands, grasslands and wetlands.

Get closer than ever to some of the UK’s most iconic species in an unforgettable 360° immersive experience.

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Opening Times

29th March to 14th April

10:00 - 17:30

15th April to 3rd May

10:00 - 17:00

4th May to 6th May

10:00 - 17:30

7th May to 24th May

10:00 - 17:00

25th May to 2nd June

10:00 - 18:00

3rd June to 21st July

10:00 - 17:00

22nd July to 8th September

10:00 - 18:00

9th September to 27th October

10:00 - 16:30

28th October to 23rd December

10:00 - 16:00

24th December

10:00 - 15:00

25th December to 26th December


27th December to 31st December

10:00 - 15:30

The zoo will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Opening times may change depending on special events, please see our T&Cs for further details.

Last admission is 1 hour before the zoo closes.

Last admissions for members is 30 minutes before closing.

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Pricing & Tickets

General Admission
  • Child (3-17) : £24.00
  • Adult (17-18+) : £31.50

General Admission

Adult admission:
With Donation - £31.50

Without Donation - £28.63

Child (3-17) admission
With Donation - £24.00

Without Donation - £21.81

Student admission
With Donation - £30.00

Without Donation - £27.27

Child 2 & under admission

With Donation - £2.50

Without Donation - £2.27

Under 12 months admission


Carer admission free

Please note that tickets will not be available to buy online on the day after 9:30 am. You can purchase tickets from the ticket windows on-site when you arrive!

If you want to visit the zoo a lot, the membership may be for you. With a membership, you can get unlimited free entry for a year, plus loads of other great benefits, from discounts on food and drink in the zoo, to exclusive member previews to special events, and so much more! Members are the first to hear all the latest zoo news!

Chester Zoo Annual Membership Prices:
Adult: £110
Child  (3 - 17): £82

Child (1-2): 7.50
Infants (under 12 months): FREE

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Stopwatch IconTypical visit time 3 - 4 hours

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Yes, there is parking.

There is free onsite parking available.

Free disabled parking at the main entrance. Just let the car park attendant know when you arrive and they will direct you.

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Contact Details

Chester Zoo
Upton by Chester

Chester Zoo is easy to get to and not far from the M56 or Chester city centre. Follow the signs to Chester on the motorway until you see the brown tourist zoo signs. Once you get onto the A41, stay on that road until you reach a roundabout with signs for Chester Zoo. (Sat navs often get confused so please ignore them once you get onto the A41) Don’t turn down Flag Lane North as it’s a dead end.

Tel: 01244380280

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Transport Information

Travelling by Train

Chester Zoo is a couple of miles from both Chester Station and Bache Station.

From Bache Station, you can take the PR3, 2, 1, X1 buses to the Zoo.

From Chester Station, you can take the PR3, 1, 5, X1 buses to the zoo.

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