Chester Zoo

Upton by Chester

Tel: +44 (0)1244 380280

A lion walking through long green grass.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Ticket£23.63 per ticket
Child Ticket£20.00 per ticket
Student / Senior Citizen£21.81 per ticket

Children under 2 and carer admission is free.

*Visitors with disabilities (paying full adult/child admittance) may admit one accompanying carer free of charge. Please bring relevant proof of entitlement such as a blue badge, or a Disability Living Allowance letter or book (issued by the DWP benefit office).

These admission prices are for the peak season online booking only, please see for off-peak and winter admission prices. Discounted rates available for group and school visits. Separate charges for events may apply. On the door prices are always more expensive.


Chester Zoo is home to over 20,000 ENDANGERED and unusual animals based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens. With over 500 different animal species in our 125 acres, you’re sure to have great day out full of ADVENTURE - discovering and learning more about our INCREDIBLE animals and plants. This Easter, REWILD your imagination at Chester Zoo! Stories POP UP all over the zoo and throughout April, we want to AWAKEN your inner child and CAPTURE your curiosity with our storytelling SPECTACULAR! Dive into a story brought to life in our POP-UP trail or hear the TALLEST tales in the wildest ways. From song and dance, to puppetry, performances and workshops for the whole family. But they won’t be around for long, so catch them while you can! Don’t forget to share your day with #MyWildStory. We LOVE to see what you get up to at Chester Zoo. Why not make a meal of your visit and stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants, cafes and kiosks located throughout the zoo. From classic family friendly dishes, to tasty street food and authentic South East Asian inspired dishes. If you’re looking for something EXTRA special, our contemporary British pub The Oakfield*, serves freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits – the PERFECT accompaniment to your zoo visit. We hope to welcome you soon! For information about opening times and prices, please visit our website (prices and opening times vary throughout the year). *Usual zoo admission fees apply but our members can visit as often as they wish.

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  • Accept Credit/Debit Cards
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Coach Parking
  • Disabled Access
  • Gift Shop
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Picnic Facility
  • Schools Accepted
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Visitor Centre


  • Licensed Bar

Children & Infants

  • Child Friendly

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Free

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The motorway and public transport network means that Chester Zoo is easy to reach from all over the UK, and you can visit in under two hours from as far as Birmingham or Leeds. By motorway, M56, Junction 14, or M53 Junction 12, follow the brown signs to Chester Zoo. The postcode for sat nav is CH2 1EU. Free parking.

Public Transport Directions

From Chester Main Line Station: Take taxi (app. 2 miles), or bus to Chester Town Hall bus exchange. First Group Service 1, every 20 minutes Monday - Saturday during the daytime. On a Sunday the service runs hourly and on Bank Holidays every 30 minutes. Buy a combination ticket from your local train station and it will include your rail travel, return bus link from Chester station to the zoo AND your zoo admission in one discounted price. From Merseyrail Bache Station: Take the No. 1 bus operated by First. The service runs every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday, and every 60 minutes on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Leave Bache station using the ramp which will lead you to Mill Lane, the bus stop is near the Post Office. Special combined Zoo/Bus/Train tickets sold from all staffed Merseyrail Stations. Liverpool via Birkenhead, Ellesmere Port and Cheshire Oaks First Group Service 1, every 20 minutes Monday - Saturday during the daytime. On a Sunday the service runs hourly and on Bank Holidays every 30 minutes.



Tripadvisor Traveller Rating:

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    Recent Reviews:

    • DavidD822
      Chester, United Kingdom
      Trip type:
      Solo travel
      Incredibly poor design of new Tamandua enclosure.
      3 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 25th January 2023
      I am a frequent visitor and love the Zoo but was appalled by the new Tamadua enclosure, hence only 3 stars. It is virtually impossible to see these new animals due to reflections. This should have... Read full review
    • NANDKB
      Ripon, United Kingdom
      Trip type:
      Huge zoo
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 25th January 2023
      Great day out , shame about no paper maps !! Volunteers very friendly and knowledgeable, signage around the site mmmm not to hot . You are here red dots on maps no red dots Read full review
    • NJB_Derbyshire
      Ashbourne, United Kingdom
      Trip type:
      Cost of living crisis! Cost of Chester Zoo!!
      1 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 29th January 2023
      Cost of living crisis?! Wow, was shocked by the prices here. Decided a trip to the zoo, and regretted not booking online. (Expected a slight increase pay paying at the gate!) £114 (one hundred and... Read full review

    Opening Times

    Open (1 January 2023 - 31 December 2023)

    * Open daily from 10am. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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