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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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The Mill Hotel & Spa

The Mill Hotel & Spa

     
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Chester, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grosvenor Park and Chester City Walls. University of Chester and Chester Racecourse are also within 1 mile (2 km). Chester Station is 7 minutes by foot and Bache Station is 29 minutes.

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    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester

       
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Chester, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chester Cathedral, Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum. Countess of Chester Hospital and Chester Castle are also within 3 mi (5 km). Chester Station is 29 minutes by foot.

      Zoo House Chester - 400m From the Lions!
      Zoo House Chester - 400m From the Lions!

      Zoo House Chester - 400m From the Lions!

         
        0.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Chester holiday home is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Chester Zoo and Countess of Chester Hospital. University of Chester and Chester City Walls are also within 3 miles (5 km). Bache Station is 27 minutes by foot.

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        Zoo House Chester

        Zoo House Chester

           
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in Chester, this guesthouse is within 3 miles (5 km) of Chester Zoo, University of Chester and Chester City Walls. Countess of Chester Hospital and Chester Town Hall are also within 3 miles (5 km). Bache Station is 27 minutes by foot.

          The Chester Grosvenor £140
          The Chester Grosvenor

          The Chester Grosvenor

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            5.0 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Chester, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Rows of Chester, Chester City Walls, and Chester Racecourse. University of Chester is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away. Chester Station is 12 minutes by foot.

            Zoo Cottage
            Zoo Cottage

            Zoo Cottage

               
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Chester, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Chester Zoo, University of Chester and Chester City Walls. Chester Racecourse is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away. Bache Station is 23 minutes by foot.

              Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester £79
              Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester

              Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester

                 
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grosvenor Park, Chester City Walls and Chester Racecourse. Chester Zoo and University of Chester are also within 3 miles (5 km). Chester Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bache Station is 27 minutes.

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                Upton House Near to Chester ZOO

                Upton House Near to Chester ZOO

                   
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                  Situated in Chester, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Chester Zoo, University of Chester and Chester City Walls. Chester Racecourse is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away. Bache Station is 22 minutes by foot.