We recently visited Chester Zoo on a weekend trip to the Manchester area. We were down to celebrate my nana’s 90th birthday and so to break the journey back home up to Scotland we had decided to stop by Chester Zoo.
Chester Zoo with Kids
Even though we live in Scotland, I have been to Chester Zoo several times. It is one of the best UK zoos I have been too. Compared to Edinburgh Zoo, one of the best things about Chester Zoo is that it is relatively flat!
There are plenty of parking spaces and even an overflow area, all of which are free.
Entry to Chester Zoo
Any trip to the zoo will be expensive, however, I suppose the money has to pay for the animals and staff wages. I paid £20 per adult to go in, Big K was£16 and Little K being under 2 was free. Check their website for up to date prices. There is enough to see to last you a whole day which means it works out good value for money. They are open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Food & Drinks
There are plenty of places for a picnic if you didn’t want to eat at any of the cafes etc. Chester Zoo has a number of cafes and food kiosks around the zoo. Prices are as usual higher than usual but the food is decent quality.
Inside the Zoo
There are a lot of animals to see at Chester Zoo, and various talks at set times during the day which means you can constantly be on the move. My favourite areas of the zoo are the Realm of the Red Ape, the bats and the Elephants. I always make sure we see these areas before we leave the zoo.
There are also a couple of play areas around the park. I have been for a whole day before and not seen the whole Zoo so it is best to take your time and miss animals out so you don’t tire the kids out too much.
Yes, in my opinion, it is baby-friendly. There are baby changing facilities and most places you can get your pram into them. Some of the buildings people were struggling to get their double buggies through the doors, however, they just had to open the other door to widen the entrance.
I really enjoyed our time at Chester Zoo. If we are ever in the area again then no doubt we will go back again. There is so much to see and do that you can spend the whole there and still not see everything.
Have you ever been to Chester Zoo?
* Reviews are my own opinion. I haven’t been paid in any way for writing this.