I have to be honest before I even start this post and confess that I am not a Zoo person, however I am writing it because in September, I took my goddaughter to Chester Zoo. What an amazing day out for a child to see such a variety of animals living in reasonable conditions.
My 6 year old goddaughter and I arrived at the Zoo for opening time at 10am and left as the zoo was closing at 5pm which shows just how much there is to see and do. In 2017, Chester Zoo was named as the best zoo in the UK and it is clear why it has a good reputation in terms of how the animals are cared for and treated. This was one of the main reasons I was willing to visit the zoo.
There are 500 species of animals and 125 acres of habitats to see so prepare for a long visit if you want to see them all. We saw animals my goddaughter loved, some she never knew existed, others she was scared of and a lot who left her in awe of their magnificence. So much better than simply going round shops as a way of spending time together.
Ticket prices are reasonable but they do vary in price depending on the day, however you will save money if bought online ahead of the visit. Children aged 2 and under go free and carers for disabled guests can also gain free admission.
We had a great day meeting up with friends and enjoying a nice lunch at The Oakfield restaurant which also had options for children. There were other places around where you could buy snacks and drinks so we knew we had options throughout the day.
Parking at the zoo is free and it is also on bus routes from Chester and Liverpool so it is easy to get to. So why not consider Chester Zoo as your next day out with or without children?