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★★★★☆

“YEARLY MEMBERSHIP - BUT XMAS LANTERN WALK A LET DOWN”

Written on: 12/12/2014 by Stret81 (1 review written)

We took out yearly membership back in May 2014 for me, my wife and our daughter. Having now been there at least 5 times this year this for us has been fantastic value for money. Sometimes we only go for a couple of hours but this is the great thing. Our daughter is only nearly two years old but she has had a few nice experiences from doing this. I am really looking forward to the new "Islands at Chester Zoo" experience that will hopefully be opening next year as I think that this will further… Read Full Review

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“Complete waste of money”

Written on: 03/08/2014 by ydAllen213 (1 review written)

The place was a complete let down for my me and my family. The Zoo claims to be the biggest in England, which may be true based on its size. However there were only a handful of animals and tigers and leopards were no where to be seen. I spent £99 on tickets to visit this dismal place and was constantly being pestered by the staff for a photo shoot. On the other hand, I have been to Knowsley safari park which is much better and cheaper for a great family day out. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON… Read Full Review

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“GOOD FAMILY DAY OUT”

Written on: 23/10/2013 by barrydavids1 (20 reviews written)

Chester Zoo is definitely a great way of spending the day, especially if you have young children! The size of the zoo means that you can easily fill the day looking through the huge selection of animals housed there. There are also several activity areas for children so I would certainly be confident that on a sunny day your kids will love it! The main downfall like most attractions like this is the quality and price of food on site. Their basic typical selection of low quality burgers or… Read Full Review

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“Love this place!”

Written on: 22/10/2013

I've been to many zoo's in the UK and this is by FAR my favourite. They really seem to care about animal welfare and it's great to see how much space they have. The lions enclosure could be improved though... they seem to have the least space!… Read Full Review

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“I understand that the shruberry makes it difficult for...”

Written on: 03/10/2010

I understand that the shruberry makes it difficult for children to see but it is there to reduce stress for the animals and degree studies have proved that the shrus reduce the animals' dtress by 70%. The elephant enclosure here is probably one of the best in the UK and I am doing a zoology degree so I know. I understand that if you pay you want to see animals but the shrubs and platforms away from viewing areas help the animals cope much better imagine having children screaming in your face… Read Full Review

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“Some enclosures had nothing at all in them but you...”

Written on: 06/09/2010

Some enclosures had nothing at all in them but you didn't find this out until you had trekked to them.
Hedges etc so high that at 5'2" even i couldn't see anything let alone children.
They should not have elephants as the enclosure is just too small.
Some animals alone in enclosures with nothing (it seemed to me anyway) to amuse them.
Overall we just felt disapointed that we went to a zoo but saw very little animals-and yes I know that sounds ridiculous!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I thought Chester Zoo was lovely. Starting the day...”

Written on: 02/09/2010

I thought Chester Zoo was lovely. Starting the day with a free shuttle bus to and from the train station was excellent and the driver was very friendly.
Booking online made sure there was no queuing and also gave a small discount but there really was no real queue at all.
The animal enclosures where great, people saying they were over grown are just silly as it obviously better for the animals to have more shrubery than just cast into a small enclosure.
Well worth the money as it took hours to… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 08/09/2011

I found that Chester Zoo was very expensive, my 12 children enjoyed it very much as they are below 5. i found it quite hard to walk around the zoo as i have another on the way. signs should be clearer!
much love Susie.G xx

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“Really awful day out. People smoking everywhere,...”

Written on: 12/08/2010

Really awful day out. People smoking everywhere, overgrown enclosures - children could not see the vast majority of the animals unless picked up (which after 11 miles, makes for an exhausting day). All activities inside zoo at an extra cost to the £55 entrance fee (for a family of 4).

Awful. Expensive. Tiring.

Good points: Lots of tall grass and other flora - which, had I been a pasture connoisseur may have been wonderful, but for me, it was just an expanse of overgrown lawns. Some… Read Full Review

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“I cannot bear to see the elephants in the tiny...”

Written on: 20/07/2010

I cannot bear to see the elephants in the tiny enclosure. I would rather they became extinct than lived in such a tiny space. I have the same opinions about the apes. They all have great sadness in their eyes.
I won't ever be going again… Read Full Review

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Liambirchall96's Comment

Written on: 13/11/2012

So you'd rather see an entire species die out than for them to be in what you say is a small enclosure. If you knew anything about animals you'd know that the enclosure is not too small, since the elephants dont need to migrate because they are in captivity and have access to plenty of food and water. The elephant enclosure is in fact quite good and is better than most other enclosures for any kind of animal. the elephant enclosure also has plenty of enrichment for the animals to keep them entertained and to prevent stereotypical behaviour.

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“elephant enclosure is sickeningly small and bare. it...”

Written on: 04/07/2010 by whaleo (1 review written)

elephant enclosure is sickeningly small and bare. it made me sad looking at it so i cant begin to imagine how the elephants feel.
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some of the other enclosures are well planted and well thought out for the animals needs. i really do not think they have elephants… Read Full Review

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“We've always loved Chester Zoo, but we haven't visited...”

Written on: 28/06/2010

We've always loved Chester Zoo, but we haven't visited since our sons were children, our 19 year old sons girlfriend came to stay and we told her what a wonderful place it was to visit, even though expensive, it was well worth it as you could see many species of animals. We decided to go on a Sunday 28th June 2010, the weather was glorious and the zoo was not crowded due to the world cup on TV.
Upon arrival at around 11am we got good 'near to' parking, there was no queue and no waiting. we… Read Full Review

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“Waste of time and money! Crowds were MASSIVE, you...”

Written on: 31/05/2010

Waste of time and money! Crowds were MASSIVE, you should not queue to visit enclosures?!?… Read Full Review

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“Do not go to Chester Zoo during cold months as you...”

Written on: 16/02/2010

Do not go to Chester Zoo during cold months as you will be dissappointed by the absence of many animals. As we went during half term the entry fee was almost £16 each. For the this we saw many signs saying the zoo apologises for inconvenience while works are underway to improve enclosures. In my opinion this sign should be at the entrance so you can make a judgement regarding value for money before going in. The grounds are impressive, but the bad layout causes you to double back on yourself to… Read Full Review

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Joeheaver's Comment

Written on: 25/03/2010

The author of this review is clearly one of the typical gawking idiots which plague zoos around the world. The fact that you would blame Colchester Zoo, a centre with the aim of conserving rare and exotic species, for the fact that some of the animals, most of which are from tropical or sub-tropical environments, did not want to come out from their indoor enclosures to admire your gormless face is, in my opinion, obscene. I personally think that Colchester zoo is brilliant and I believe this review to be completely invalid.

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Me123456789's Comment

Written on: 01/10/2012

I think the reviewer recognizes that the animals weren't outside because it was cold so doesn't deserve to be called gormless.

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“Chester Zoo is quite large. ”

Written on: 23/08/2009

Chester Zoo is quite large.
It was hard to see a lot of the supposed animals as their cages were full of long grass and shrubs. Couldn't see anything in a lot of the enclosures
In my view, it was a waste of money and its not cheap either.
Knowsley safari park is better equipped and you can see their animals and its cheaper too. Wouldn't go to Chester Zoo again, ever… Read Full Review

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Whaleo's Comment

Written on: 04/07/2010

yeah they should kept them in empty cages, infact just chain them up so they cant move so we can always see them
<br/>sod making the animals feel comfortable.

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★★★★★

“What an absolutely superb day out we had at Chester...”

Written on: 21/08/2009

What an absolutely superb day out we had at Chester Zoo! Since our last visit ( a few years ago), the zoo has made great efforts to update and renew areas. It is easy to get around, rices for food and drinks inside are not too bad (espacilly in the beer garden!), the staff are friendly and helpful and the new butterfly house is amazing. We will definately be visiting again very soon… Read Full Review

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“I thought that the chester zoo was brilliant and i...”

Written on: 13/08/2009

I thought that the chester zoo was brilliant and i have being going many years, there are a lot of new enclosures and it is bang up to date. a lot of information about the animals and nice gardens to relax in. There wasnt much rubbish around and the site was vey clean and enjoyable to spend time in Altogether a great family day out! I would recomend it to everyone… Read Full Review

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“Really looked forward to taking my little girl to...”

Written on: 07/08/2009

Really looked forward to taking my little girl to Chester Zoo as I remember visiting when I was younger and loving it. I thought the zoo provided poor value for money. The animals were very difficult to spot due to all the vegetation and massive amount of fencing. I felt that the animals were very far away from the viewing areas. Many of the animals looked bored and lacked any real stimulation. The bat house was really poor as it was almost impossible to see them properly.

There were… Read Full Review

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“Chester Zoo is well sign posted and quite easy to find...”

Written on: 14/04/2009 by themepark (1 review written)

Chester Zoo is well sign posted and quite easy to find on the out skirts of chester, the zoo has a monorail like the one at alton towers witch is well needed as the size of the park is impressive with land scape gardens, the selection of animals is great with every thing that you can think of, chester zoo deserves to be the top zoo to visit in the uk… Read Full Review

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“My girlfriend adopted a Penguin at Chester Zoo for my...”

Written on: 31/03/2009 by indecisive (91 reviews written)

My girlfriend adopted a Penguin at Chester Zoo for my a while ago and we got to go free to see it, and the rest of the park of course.

Chester Zoo is a great day out and so much fun. Loads to see and do, prices are a bit expensive but they always are at attractions. If the weathers good, Chester zoo is a great day for all the family.

Perfect Easter day out… Read Full Review

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“Although the Parking - Toilets - some of the Houses eg...”

Written on: 19/02/2009 by thepennies (1 review written)

Although the Parking - Toilets - some of the Houses eg Reptile butterfly monkey were well done. We were very disappointed in the general standard of Chester Zoo compared to a few years ago and the number of animals appeared much less. Queueing an HOUR to get in - there were 6 queues all approx 50yds long!
Main play park closed in school holidays??!! We took our grandchildren for a day out and felt shortchanged - don't think we'll be back in a hurry… Read Full Review

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