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Chester Zoo is the UK's number one charity zoo, with over 7,000 animals and 400 different species, some of them amongst the most endangered species on the planet. There's plenty to see and do, like the Realm of the Red Ape enclosure, home to the Bornean and Sumatran orang-utans. Experience the sights and sounds of Assam, with the herd of Asian elephants, hornbills, tree shrews and rare fish inside Elephants of the Asian Forest. View the world's fastest land mammal, the cheetah, from the new Bat's Bridge. See a wide variety of beautifully coloured African birds housed in African Aviaries, and Philippine crocodiles in their new enclosure in the Tropical Realm.

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Enjoy a day out at the UK’s number one charity zoo

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Chester Zoo
Upton-by-Chester, CHESTER, CH2 1LH
Phone : 01244 380280


  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Electric scooters, wheelchairs for hire
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily from 10 (last admission varies with season). Closed 25-26 Dec

About The area

Discover Cheshire

Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.

While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.

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