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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 $86
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester

Warrington Road, Hoole Village, Chester, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chester Zoo, Chester Cathedral, and Countess of Chester Hospital. Grosvenor Museum and Chester Racecourse are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection $74
    The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection

    The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection

    City Rd, Chester, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

      Zoo House Chester - 400m From the Lions! $112
      Zoo House Chester - 400m From the Lions!

      Zoo House Chester - 400m From the Lions!

      Chester, ENG
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Chester vacation home is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Chester Zoo and Countess of Chester Hospital. University of Chester is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away. Bache Station is 27 minutes by foot.

        Zoo House Chester
        Zoo House Chester

        Zoo House Chester

        Greenfields, Chester, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Chester, this guesthouse is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Chester Zoo and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from University of Chester. Countess of Chester Hospital and St Paul's Church are also within 3 mi (5 km). Bache Station is 27 minutes by foot.

          Chester, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western $51
          Chester, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western

          Chester, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western

          City Road, Chester, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grosvenor Park, Chester City Walls, and Chester Cathedral. Chester Racecourse and University of Chester are also within 1 mi (2 km). Chester Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bache Station is 27 minutes.

            The Mill Hotel & Spa $152
            The Mill Hotel & Spa

            The Mill Hotel & Spa

            Milton Street, Chester, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Chester, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grosvenor Park and Chester City Walls. Chester Racecourse and Chester Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Chester Station is 6 minutes by foot and Bache Station is 29 minutes.

              Zoo Cottage $157
              Zoo Cottage

              Zoo Cottage

              1 Brooke Avenue, Upton, Chester, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Chester, this cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chester Zoo, Chester Cathedral, and Chester City Walls. University of Chester is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Bache Station is 23 minutes by foot.

                Hotel Indigo Chester $80
                Hotel Indigo Chester

                Hotel Indigo Chester

                Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Chester, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grosvenor Park, Chester Cathedral, and Chester City Walls. Chester Racecourse and University of Chester are also within 1 mi (2 km). Chester Station is 8 minutes by foot.