Prices & Payments

Our educational rates are offered to educational establishments on weekdays during Cheshire West and Chester term time. Pre-booking is essential to qualify for the educational rates.

Booking as early as possible will help ensure we can accommodate your visit and that you are able to book the dates and times you require. Early booking is especially advised if you would like to book one of our curriculum linked workshops.

We can also offer discounted rates on the monorail if these are pre-booked. Just ask our team for details when booking.

Free school visits (November 2018 - February 2019)

We’re pleased to offer free entry to the zoo for 35,000 school pupils visiting between 1 November 2018 and 28 February 2019, in a bid to broaden the impact of our work as a conservation and education charity inspiring the next generation of conservationists. We're welcoming bookings from schools who were unable to take advantage of the initiative last year (Nov 2017 - Feb 2018).  If your school meets the Terms and Conditions then we’d love to hear from you.  The number of free admission places and admissions per day is limited; you may therefore be asked to visit on another day and/or book using our discounted educational rates. Please make sure you read our T+C's before booking. Please note, due to overwhelming demand, the free school places for November 2018 - February 2019 are now fully booked. Find out more information here.

Off-Peak – Autumn and Spring Term

Wednesday 1 January 2018 - Thursday 29 March 2018

Children aged 2 and under   Free of charge
Pre-school to students aged 18 years   £9.50
Students aged 19 years plus   £11.00
Additional adults   £12.00
     

Accompanying Adults

   
With Pre-School to Year 3   One adult free with every 5 paying children
With Year 4 to 6   One adult free with every 10 paying pupils
With Year 7s upwards   One adult free with every 15 paying students
1:1 Carers   Free
Driver    Free 

Download a booking form

Mid-Peak – Summer Term 2018

Monday 16 April 2018 to Friday 25 May 2018

Children aged 2 and under   Free of charge
Pre-school to students aged 18 years   £11.00
Students aged 19 years plus   £12.00
Additional adults   £13.00
     

Accompanying Adults

   
With Pre-School to Year 3   One adult free with every 5 paying children
With Year 4 to 6   One adult free with every 10 paying pupils
With Year 7s upwards   One adult free with every 15 paying students
1:1 Carers   Free
Driver   Free

Download a booking form

Peak – Summer Term 2018

Monday 4 June 2018 to Thursday 26 July 2018

Children aged 2 and under   Free of charge
Pre-school to students aged 18 years   £12.50
Students aged 19 years plus   £14.00
Additional adults   £16.00
     

Accompanying Adults

   
With Pre-School to Year 3   One adult free with every 5 paying children
With Year 4 to 6   One adult free with every 10 paying pupils
With Year 7s upwards   One adult free with every 15 paying students
1:1 Carers   Free
Driver   Free

Download a booking form

Off-Peak – Autumn and Spring Term 2018/19

Monday 3 September 2018 - Friday 29 March 2019

Children aged 2 and under   Free of charge
Pre-school to students aged 18 years   £9.50
Students aged 19 years plus   £11.00
Additional adults   £12.00
     

Accompanying Adults

   
With Pre-School to Year 3   One adult free with every 5 paying children
With Year 4 to 6   One adult free with every 10 paying pupils
With Year 7s upwards   One adult free with every 15 paying students
1:1 Carers   Free
Driver    Free 

Download a booking form

Free admission Nov 2018 – Feb 2019 Terms and Conditions:

This free admission offer is for visits between 1 November 2018 and 28 February 2019, weekdays during Cheshire West and Chester term time only. It is only eligible to those schools who didn’t take advantage of the free admission offer between November 2017 and February 2018. Primary and secondary schools may apply for places for Reception to Year 13 pupils. Accompanying adults will be admitted free of charge at our standard ratios for each year group. Adults visiting over and above this ratio will be charged at the additional adult rate.

The number of free admission places and admissions per day is limited. If the limit is reached you may be asked to visit on another day and/or book using our discounted educational rates. Early booking is advised. Our discounted educational rates are offered to educational establishments on weekdays during Cheshire West and Chester term time. Home educators are eligible to book as a group through a Home Educators’ Network.

Junior Members and Blue Peter badge holders

We’re really happy for Junior Members to come along on school visits. They’ll be admitted to the zoo free of charge but they’ll need to bring their membership cards with them. Junior Members aren’t included when we calculate how many free adults you’re entitled to.

Please note that we don't accept Blue Peter badges.

Workshops

Our workshops cost £28 per session and we can accommodate up to a maximum of 20 pupils in each workshop. In a couple of our Out and About sessions, we take a maximum of 15 students. You can have a chat with our Education team when you're booking to find out more about our workshops.  We have the potential to run four workshops at one time and 16 over the course of the day.

Please note that we reserve the right to charge for booked workshops if these are cancelled and we're unable to re-fill the sessions.

To book an educational trip please see the booking your visit page.

Payment

When you phone to make your educational booking, our staff will ask how you want to pay.  There are various options:

Pre-pay by cheque or card
If you choose this option, please note that pre-paid tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Any additions to your party on the day will also need to be paid for in cash.

Pay on the day by cash, cheque or card
With this option, you pay the admission fee for the number in your party which attends the zoo on the day, regardless of the number booked in.

Request to be invoiced after your visit
An invoice will be generated by our Accounts Department and will be emailed or posted to you a couple of days following your visit. With this option, you will be invoiced for the admission fee of the number which attends the zoo on the day, regardless of the number booked in.

If you’re in booking an educational visit, just give our Discovery and Learning team a call on 01244 650205 or 01244 389444