Explore Chester Zoo

There’s no time like the present to start planning your adventure. From safety information to ideas for fabulous FAMILY FUN. You’ll find everything you need right here…

Christmas and New Year

Looking for a FUN day out over the festive season? We’re open throughout Christmas and New Year. Take a look at our opening times for dates and times.

Opening times

Visiting safely 

Rest assured, visitor safety is our top priority. Being an outdoor attraction with over 128 acres to explore, there is lots for you to see and do comfortable in the knowledge that you can enjoy a day out safely. We have a number of measures in place to ensure you have an enjoyable day.

If you’re visiting by car, our team is on hand to welcome you and guide you into a parking space. All our visitors will be greeted by our friendly staff, including our security experts who are onsite all day, every day throughout the year, to ensure all visitors have a safe and wonderful day!

We can all do our bit to make sure zoo trips are safe while coronavirus restrictions are in place.

Stay safe

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What’s on your ZOO to-do list?

Answer a few short questions to make sure your day is EXACTLY what you want it to be! Explore our DAY PLANNER…

Temporary closures

Walkthrough aviaries: Due to a local report of avian influenza, some of our walkthrough aviaries are temporarily closed to ensure the safety of our animals. This includes some areas of Monsoon Forest*, the Latin American Wetland Aviary and Tropical Realm.

*Monsoon Forest has partially reopened, with access to Tripa Forest Research Station through the south end entrance door ONLY.

Many species in these areas can be seen from surrounding outdoor viewing areas. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Opening times

Squeeze every last moment out of your adventure.

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PLAY TRAILS

Add some positive playfulness or memorable mindfulness with our zoo trails.

PICK A TRAIL

DOWNLOAD OUR APP

Download your very own PDF zoo map or use our handy app which will be your personal guide for the day! The sustainable way to start your adventure!

DOWNLOAD HERE

ZOO EXPERIENCES

Book an unforgettable experience day to get closer to our AMAZING animals and plants. Meet our experts!

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TREE TOP CHALLENGE

Experience a wild adventure for little explorers with our Tree Top Challenge.

WANT TO PLAY? 

FOOD AND DRINK

There are plenty of places for you to grab some grub – you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Take a look here

WHAT’S HERE

With 35,000 animals and 128 acres of zoological gardens, there’s plenty to do at Chester Zoo. And there’s always something new! Your adventure starts right here – start exploring today.

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We look forward to WELCOMING you safely to the zoo!
For
Schools

PLANNING A SCHOOL TRIP?

We’re an AMAZING location for your next school trip!  We have excellent curriculum-linked workshops and a whole host of free learning resources to help you get the most out of your day! We’ve got all the information you need.

Start planning your school visit today

FIND OUT ABOUT OUR 

AMAZING ANIMALS

From incredible facts to interesting conservation information, discover more about your favourite animal…

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BEAUTIFUL GARDENS

There’s over 128 acres of award-winning zoological gardens to explore…

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