Way back at Easter time when we visited Liverpool/ Chester with my family on Easter Sunday. We had to change our plans as she was recovering from chicken pox. So we decided not to take her too see the member of family instead we headed to Chester Zoo.
Jess was born in Chester so my brother kept joking she was actually going back home. 4 of us made the trip to the zoo me, Joe, my brother, and Jess. I booked the tickets in advance and I think it cost around £70 for the three adults. Jess was free because she is under the age of 3. I would recommend booking online as you then do not have to queue when you get there.You also actually get a 10% discount should you book online as well.
Chester is one of the largest zoo’s in the UK it is set in 125 acres. Which means that there is a lot of walking so you may want to take a pram should you have little legs. You can also hire them if you decided during the day you need a pram. We took our own otherwise I would have hired one they are £7 for one day. I did not think that this was too expensive it still save you having to listen to all the moaning from a child whose legs ache.
If your child is a bit older you may want to go to the monorail it does give you a view from above of the animals. This saves everyone legs this is £4 for all day. I think we may go back and do the monorail I am unsure. It does manage to cover most of the park which is a bonus. As you may know some zoo’s that have a monorail do not always allow you to see all the animals from the monorail.
There are over 500 species of wildlife and over 15,000 animals which mean there is plenty to see. Even with Jess we arrived at the zoo around 10.30 am and actually left the park as it closed at 6pm. This is the summer openings so you may want to check them if you are visiting. For me because the amount of time we spent there I would say there is plenty to see. We felt like we did not rush the day and we had seen everything we wanted. We even managed to visit some of our favourite animals twice. This was great because Jess loved the rhinos and Chester has plenty of them.
Another thing which we would recommend doing is making sure that you get a map because then you will not miss any of the animals. It also means that you can go in the quickest route instead of walking around in circles. Chester Zoo now also have an app which is free to download. It actually tells you when the keepers are doing a talk about the animals. This is something which we used and due to going on a Sunday we saw Jaguars Feeding. Apparently it is hard to see them and we managed it which is a huge bonus. I found the talks very interesting and they are something I would recommend checking out. The talks are free so you may as well because they experts do know what they are talking about. I have found them to be super useful and always able to answer your questions.
We were there over lunch and only took snacks in for Jess meaning that she would not be as grouchy. We had to eat which is something which we try not to do at places . I know some places can be super expensive because you have not choice to pay it. My brother had a huge bowl of pasta which was freshly cooked. There was a whole range of food which you choose from including pizza, pasta and fish and chips. If you where not that hungry there was also sandwiches which were slightly expensive. There is plenty for kids to eat there is a children meal size. This is better portions for the small ones as adults are very large and filling.
We all ended up loving a different animal and moment at the zoo. There is a wide range of different animals so I am sure that they are going to have your favourite for me I love seeing Giraffe’s. Jess on the other hand loves Rhinos and some of the bigger cats. I did like the fact we could let Jess walk around on her reins which meant she got to see things which she wouldn’t at normal pram height.
I would recommend visiting Chester Zoo even if you have been before like me the animals change. There is always plenty to see. They are always getting new animals from other zoos along side their own breeding programmes. I know Chester has one of the best Giraffe breeding programmes in the UK. At the time of our visit they had some baby Rhinos. I know Jess would like to go back and see them when they have grown a bit more. She actually cried when we left because the zoo had close. I think this is a sign we might have to visit again.
Have you visited Chester Zoo if so what did you think?