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Chester Zoo

Traverse bridges, islands and replicas of distant lands in these gardens. See more than 400 species of rare and exotic wildlife.

Chester Zoo is an enormous complex with recreations of terrain and eco-systems from around the world. The acclaimed site has been voted one of the best zoos in the world due to its excellent facilities, vast enclosures and range of animals. Get around the 125-acre (50-hectare) site by monorail and take in views of some of the 12,000 creatures on display.

Explore the impressive recreation of tropical Southeast Asian islands. Cross wooden bridges through jungle areas to see tigers, colorful birds and the banteng, a type of cattle. The island section includes intriguing structures, such as the Bali Temple and the Sulawesi sculpture.

Enter the Asian Forest and Asian Plains to see herds of elephants and rhinoceroses. Red apes, jaguars and unusual reptiles are among the fascinating creatures to see. Embark on the Butterfly Journey and explore one of the country’s largest butterfly houses.

Admire the range of exotic plants, which are carefully matched to the natural habitats of the animals. Attend a talk by one of the zoo rangers to learn about the animals. Bring your kids to the play areas scattered around the zoo. Informative animations and face-painting stalls are sure to keep the children entertained.

Relax with drinks and snacks in the Bembe Kitchen and Jaguar Coffee House. Enjoy a restaurant meal at June’s Pavilion or Manado Street Kitchen. Delicious treats can be found at the zoo’s ice cream parlor. Peruse the souvenirs and animal-themed toys in the gift shop. Special keepsakes include animal paintings made with your own handprints.

The park is open daily year-round, except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Discounted tickets are available  for children, seniors and students.

Chester Zoo is 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) north of the city center. Park in the free parking lot by the main entrance or reach the zoo by bus or train. The nearest railway station, Bache, is 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) south of the zoo.


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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester

Warrington Road, Chester
4.3
of 5, from 198 reviews
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Located in Hoole, this spa hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Skate Academy and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chester Zoo and Chester Cathedral. Grosvenor Museum is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

£75
Lavender Lodge

Lavender Lodge

46 Hoole Road, Chester
4.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
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Located in Hoole, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Skate Academy and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£131
The Chester Grosvenor

The Chester Grosvenor

Eastgate Street, Chester
4.6
of 5, from 217 reviews
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This family-friendly Chester hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Rows and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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Brook Mollington Banastre Hotel and Spa

Brook Mollington Banastre Hotel and Spa

Parkgate Road, Mollington, Chester
3.1
of 5, from 47 reviews
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Located in Mollington, this spa hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Chester Zoo and 6 mi (9.6 km) from Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.

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Best Western Premier Hallmark Chester the Queen

Best Western Premier Hallmark Chester the Queen

City Rd, Chester
4.1
of 5, from 113 reviews
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Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Northgate Arena Leisure Centre, Chester Cathedral, and Grosvenor Museum. Chester Zoo is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) away.

£75
Ba Ba Guest House

Ba Ba Guest House

65 Hoole Road, Chester
4.5
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Located in Hoole, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Skate Academy and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).