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Chester Zoo is located in the Chester suburb of Upton three mile to the north of the historic centre of Chester.

Frequent bus services from the City Centre. The bus stop is outside the main entrance to the zoo about one minutes walk from the bus to the entrance.

Parking at Chester Zoo Large car parks on site with over spill capacity. About a three minute walk from the main entrance.

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Chester Zoo Upton Chester CH2 1EU
Friday 17th November – Sunday 31st December 2023
Tickets start from just £12

Explore new captivating light installations and be transported into enchanting lands filled with colour and festivity.
Our much-loved winter event returns for its twelfth year and is bigger, better and brighter than ever before. This time with a new name, Lanterns and Light.
Lanterns and Light is produced and managed by Sony Music/RGL and Culture Creative, in partnership with Chester Zoo.
Discover brand-new light and sound installations to immerse you in festive magic this winter.
Experience flickering fire gardens, larger-than-life pea-lit animal statues, and even a giant woolly mammoth projection.
Enjoy mouth-watering marshmallow toasting, plus there will be fairground rides for the young, and young at heart.
We haven’t forgotten about your familiar favourites either. Enjoy interactive experiences with our stunning puppets including lions, elephants and zebra.
Plus, you might even catch a glimpse of Father Christmas in his sleigh.

Join us for an enchanting Christmas trail through the zoo after hours. Step into a spectacular wonderland.
As we take you on an ILLUMINATING journey full of sparkle, colourful lanterns and plenty of festive cheer.
By supporting our annual Christmas event, you’re also supporting our mission to prevent extinction around the globe.

Discover The Tale of Madagascar

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Discover The Tale of Madagascar

Take a trip to Madagascar this spring. Celebrate the incredible island of MADAGASCAR this spring at Chester Zoo. Wander through our NEW lemur walkthrough habitat opening 30th March 2019. - Discover The Tale of Madagascar

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New Chester Zoo fire: £120k raised after blaze to be spent on conservation

Current Exhibitions

Predators and Giant Creatures

Thirteen enormous animatronic predators have arrived at Chester Zoo, ahead of the opening of a world first exhibition.

Where a shark's bite was three metres wide and GIANT snakes ate crocodiles for breakfast.
Discover 13 life-sized animatronic PREDATORS in this world premiere exhibition from the creators of Dinosaurs at Chester Zoo.
You'll come face to face with a MASSIVE megalodon, a TERRIFYING terror bird and a GIGANTIC giant bear. - Chester Zoo New Event Current Exhibitions Page One - Chester Zoo New Event Current Exhibitions Page Two - Chester Zoo Event Flyer Page One - Chester Zoo Event Flyer Page Two

Chester Zoo Attractions and Exhibits

PLAY at Chester Zoo
Let's get things straight you're never too old to have fun.
Bring family and friends for a day full of giggles, laughter, fun and exploring.

New for 2018 - Nature Reserve

Chester Zoo Nature Reserve

See what incredible wildlife can be found right on our doorstep and explore the habitat of our UK wildlife as part of your journey to Chester Zoo. We love ALL wildlife and as part of our mission to prevent extinction, we want to do all we can to help local wildlife – that’s why we’ve created a nature reserve right here at the zoo to help our local wildlife. You’ll find this wildlife haven at the back of the carpark - just follow the signposts!
The reserve has recently expanded and now covers 14 acres - that's more than nine football pitches! It has accessible pathways, picnic spaces, a grass amphitheatre as well as lots of wonderful wildlife.
Lose yourself in this tranquil outdoor space and explore how we’re working to protect our precious wildlife. See how many different species you can spot here.
Just so you know, the Nature Reserve is free to visit and is open to the public during the same hours as the zoo’s opening times. The aim of this habitat it to attract and protect wildlife, so we’re afraid that dogs aren’t allowed in the reserve except for guide dogs

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New Projects
Welcome to Chester Zoo Islands, a brand new experience at Chester Zoo
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Public Transport
There are lots of bus routes nearby, and many come right to our main entrance.
The buses that come directly to the zoo main entrance are
From Chester You can take the Stagecoach Number Gold 1 Service from Chester Bus Exchange or the X8.
Also Upton Park and Ride Bus has a stop outside.

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