Chester Zoo

Possibly the best zoo to visit in UK. There is a lot to see, so early morning visit is a must as the size is impressive. Very beautiful land with a lot of greenery so it's great to enjoy even in hot and sunny day. Huge selection of animals to see which are well looked after. Well stocked gift shop. Enough places to eat and drink. Welcoming staff.

The best zoo in UK I suppose! And it’s the top 3 in the world too! I walked all day long in the zoo from 10 am to 3 pm and it was amazing, so many places and animals you could see, and indeed they put a much effort caring the animals.

Chester Zoo has grown over the last few years and continues to do so. There is a vast array of wild animals to view and a great atmosphere. The animals are well looked after, as you can clearly see. Very helpful staff are never far away, there to make you visit as special as possible. It's worth every penny to get in, when you consider how many animals have to be fed and cared for every day. It is a fantastic family day for all.

The largest & finest zoological gardens in Britain, 2 miles north of Chester. Set in 110 acres of landscaped gardens, it houses many rare and endangered creatures in its wide collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. The Zoo’s chimp island is home to crowds of chimpanzees, the penguin pool has an underwater viewing gallery and the Elephant House is the largest in Britain. Many other attractions including Monorail & waterbus.

The North of England Zoological Society is the registered charity that operates Chester Zoo. Founded in 1934, it has grown to become one of the largest and most beautiful zoos in the UK. The Zoo is a substantial employer for Chester with over 250 permanent staff, increasing to 400 in the Summer season.

Chester Zoo covers an area of over 100 acres within a total land holding of over 400 acres. The Zoo was founded in the early 1930s by George Mottershead, this followed an earlier venture in partnership with Dr. English of developing a small zoo at Shavington, Cheshire, where the Mottershead family market garden business was based.

The Zoo is internationally known for its innovative enclosure designs, which in the early years were achieved in an austere economic climate, for its many breeding successes and its involvement in co-operative breeding programmes. Anual visitor attendance is over  1,000,000 (not including the under 3’s), the Zoo continues to play important roles in developing conservation outreach, research, education and marketing strategies.