Chester Zoo

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Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo, Chester Zoo, Chester, CH2 1LH – Visit Now

Chester Zoo, a registered conservation and education charity, currently supports over 80 projects that are fighting to prevent extinction in around 30 countries worldwide.

The zoo is also ranked as the UK’s best and third best in the world by users of the travel website, TripAdvisor.

So far in 2018 the zoo has got off to its busiest ever start to a year and last month unveiled a revamped penguin habitat with bigger pool, state-of-the-art filtration and renewed nesting facilities and improved viewing through larger windows.

A host of new developments for visitors are also set to open over the next 12 months including the transformation of the building at the heart of Chester Zoo’s history, Oakfield House – the inspirational home of the zoo’s founder George Mottershead – into a gastro pub with stunning garden room.

Work is also underway on an immersive walk-through Madagascan forest which will allow visitors to get closer to the zoo’s lemurs than ever before.

Longer term, a huge new grasslands zone inspired by a variety of African habitats – from scrublands to deserts – will be created featuring a whole host of species.

The plans are designed to reaffirm the zoo’s position as one of the best conservation, animal and leisure attractions in the world.

Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

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