A    Chester Zoo experience day   offers a unique opportunity to get closer to our animals and plants, with expert knowledge from our staff.

What to expect from a Chester Zoo experience day

You’ll get exclusive, behind-the-scenes access that will give you an insight into the daily lives of our staff and animals at the zoo. A Chester Zoo experience day can involve anything from potting a carnivorous plant to getting up close and personal with a giraffe!

Our gifts and experiences are a perfect way to support us; whether you’re treating yourself or a loved one, your enjoyment will help us achieve our mission of Preventing Extinction. Proceeds from a Chester Zoo experience day help fun our vital conservation work here at the zoo, in the UK and all around the world – which is great news for animals everywhere!

Find out how your purchase will help us to ACT FOR WILDLIFE

With eight different options to choose from, our animal encounters will bring you closer to wildlife than ever before. Learn all about the individual animals at the zoo and their quirky behaviours from our dedicated zoo keepers. Or show us your green fingers in our Gardener for a Day experience, where you can join our team as they tend to the 125 acres of award-winning gardens at the zoo. You could even join one of our teams for a FULL DAY of animal activity in our Zoo Keeper for a Day experience!

How to book a Chester Zoo experience day

Buy your animal experience online and select the day you wish to visit. Availability is limited so we recommend booking early. Only one Chester Zoo experience day booking can be made per web order.

It’s easy to buy an animal experience as a gift too. Simply add in our gift wrap option when purchasing.

Our 2020 experience days were released on Monday 4 November – check below for the latest information!

Take a look at our current range of Chester Zoo experience days below…


Our Giraffe Encounter offers you the chance to get up close and personal with the tallest land animals!


Get up close to our mischievous mob of meerkats here at the zoo and create some playful memories!


Meet our colony of Humboldt penguins, and make some feathery friends with this unforgettable experience!


Join us for an unforgettable experience with these fantastic flying mammals!


Show us your green fingers in this exciting chance to join our zoo gardening team for the day!


Ever fancied mucking in (or mucking out) with a real-life zoo keeping team?  Well now’s your chance!  Work on a one to one basis with our keeping staff on the animal section of your choice.  Full day experience: 8am -5pm).

Vouchers for 2020 will be available to book from 8am on 1 November 2019. Vouchers are sold on a first come first serve basis (maximum of 2 vouchers per purchase). Please note that our phone operators will receive a very high number of calls on this date therefore we cannot guarantee availability.

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