At Chester Zoo, we know that what we start here at the zoo is carried forwards with our conservation work through ACT FOR WILDLIFE. Our dedicated conservation team works tirelessly to protect the rich BIODIVERSITY of our planet, but we can’t do it alone. There are so many benefits to taking out a membership with Chester Zoo – not only for our members, but also for our wildlife. 

 

What are the benefits of being a member?

There are lots of exciting benefits to becoming a member such as members’ talks where you’ll find out how your membership helps fund vital conservation work. Adult members will also receive a car sticker and junior members will go wild for the animal stickers. Keep an eye on Z Mag for information on members’ days as well as details of exclusive junior members’ events (age restrictions and additional costs may apply).
Unlimited Entry:

The main benefit of membership with Chester Zoo is, free entry for 12 months, which we know is truly valuable to our members (this applies during normal opening hours). Under normal conditions, the only days of the year that we are closed are Christmas Day & Boxing Day, and every other day we open at 10am daily.

Exclusive Discounts:

We know that day trips to the zoo can be hungry work so when you take out a membership with Chester Zoo, you will also receive a members’ discount in our zoo shops and cafes*. Make the most of your membership by not only enjoying free access to the zoo, but being able to eat, drink, and relax in any of our restaurants with discounted prices exclusive to zoo members. Our restaurants only utilise sustainable palm oil, so you can be sure that your snacks are doing you – and the planet – good! 

*Excluded items are specified at retail outlets and include products such as books, DVDs and promotional offers.

Exclusive Chester Zoo Literature:

As part of your membership, you will receive a subscription to our quarterly members magazine, Z Mag, either by post or email. This will keep you up-to-date with the very latest zoo news as well as exclusive behind the scenes interviews with our team and updates on our conservation projects here at the zoo and all over the world. We also consider our members’ opinions when it comes to the future of the zoo, and regularly offer members the opportunity to have their say.

Children’s talks and activities: 

Your Chester Zoo membership has additional benefits for discounts and exclusive visits to children’s activities and talks. Children’s membership is offered at a significantly reduced rate than adult memberships, so you can keep the whole family entertained for less! 

Complimentary Entry to Other Attractions:

When you become a Chester Zoo member, you are also becoming a member of the North of England Zoological Society (NEZS). This means that you will also benefit from one exclusive free annual entry to other zoos and attractions in the UK! This includes the following: Bristol Zoo, Colchester Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo, Newquay Zoo, Marwell Zoo, Paignton Zoo and Twycross Zoo. Membership cards and membership welcome letter must be shown to gain free entry to these attractions. Please check for with the individual zoo for current booking arrangements. See the conservation work in other areas around the UK, by visiting any of the zoos named above.

Goodies and Benefits:


There are lots of exciting benefits to becoming a member such as members’ talks where you’ll find out how your membership helps fund vital conservation work. Adult members will also receive a car sticker and junior members will go wild for the animal stickers. Keep an eye on Z Mag for information on members’ days as well as details of exclusive junior members’ events (age restrictions and additional costs may apply).

Join our zoo family by becoming a member and you’ll get a whole year of FREE unlimited entry plus lots of other great benefits! Read our FAQs for more information. 
Alternatively, buy someone else the perfect present with the gift of a zoo membership! Get the animal aficionado in your life the present they’ve been waiting for with a membership pass to Chester Zoo.

How to pay:

Making a single payment couldn’t be simpler. Either make a single payment on our website, pop into the membership office at the main entrance of Chester Zoo, or simply pick up a form from the Memberships office and send the completed form back via post. 

Alternatively, If you want to split the cost, why not join with our Joining by Direct Debit scheme.

For this option, we will split your membership fee into four instalments over the first four months. The first payment will be due at the time of joining us. If you have already purchased an admission ticket for your visit, we can of course deduct this from the cost for you. Please note, there may be a remaining fee to pay on the day. This joining method is available over the telephone or by popping into our Memberships Office.