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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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Lodging Near Chester Zoo

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$126
The Chester Grosvenor

The Chester Grosvenor

Eastgate Street, Chester
4.6
of 5, from 558 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Chester hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from St Peter's Church and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$68
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester

Warrington Road, Chester
4.4
of 5, from 676 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hoole, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chester Music Theatre, Chester Zoo, and Chester Cathedral. Grosvenor Museum is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

$44
Hallmark Inn Chester

Hallmark Inn Chester

City Road, Chester
3.3
of 5, from 314 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grosvenor Park and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$62
Brook Mollington Banastre Hotel and Spa

Brook Mollington Banastre Hotel and Spa

Parkgate Road, Mollington, Chester
3.3
of 5, from 180 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

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.

$94
Mill Hotel & Spa

Mill Hotel & Spa

Milton Street, Chester
4.2
of 5, from 436 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chester, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grosvenor Park and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$90
Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester

Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester

City Rd, Chester
4.1
of 5, from 379 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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.

$86
Chester House Guest House

Chester House Guest House

44 Hoole Road, Chester
4.5
of 5, from 109 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Hoole, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Northgate Arena Leisure Centre and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$93
Stone Villa Guest House

Stone Villa Guest House

3 Stone Place, Chester
4.9
of 5, from 207 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hoole, this luxury guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Northgate Arena Leisure Centre and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).