Chester Zoo

Photos: animals at Chester zoo

In the summer of 2014 it was voted the best zoo in Britain, second in Europe and sixth in the world in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards.

Chester zoo certainly makes for a fantastic full day out with something to appeal to just about everyone.

The zoo houses thousands of animals so we recommend that you allow a full day for your visit. Highlights include the recently opened 'Islands' area; the elephants, black rhino, monkeys and the twilight zone bat cave where you can walk amongst free flying bats (not recommended for those of a nervous disposition!).

There is a butterfly house where you can walk amongst around 500 free flying butterflies and watch them emerging from pupae.

The zoo also plays a major role in the breeding and conservation of endangered species from around the world.

Photo of monorail

The zoo monorail gives tired feet a rest as well as providing an unusual aerial view of many of the animals. During the summer season you can also take a 15 minute boat trip along some of the zoo's waterways.

The zoo has beautiful gardens along with cafes, an ice cream parlour, Asian style street kitchen, a pub and BBQ.

Don't let wet weather put you off - there are plenty of under cover attractions (just make sure you bring waterproofs for the walks from each one to the next).

There are various special events throughout the year, for example the Mother's day sunday lunch and the Christmas lantern magic walks.

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