On Friday my boyfriend and I decided to have a date day at Chester zoo. I hadn't been to the zoo since last year with my dad, and Rob hadn't been for at least 20 years so I needed to go and show him how much it had changed since 'the olden days'.
Chester zoo has over 20,000 animals set in 125 acres of zoological gardens on the outskirts of Chester and is a fun filled day out for all of the family! Apparently, 1.6 million people visit Chester zoo each year from all over the world! I am extremely lucky to have it basically on my doorstep (well, a 5 minute drive down the road)."Our vision is for a diverse, thriving and sustainable natural world.Our mission is to be a major force in conserving the living world."
My favourite animals to see every time I go to the zoo are the elephants, giraffes and orangutans, and, because it was a glorious sunny day my favourite animals were out to play! There are loads of babies at the zoo at the moment (from giraffes, meerkats, capybaras to monkys) which is great to see, and they are extremely cute! I was so excited to see the little baby Elephant who's name is Nandita (she is just under a year old).
We were anticipating the zoo to be heaving as it is the school summer holidays, however, we were pleasantly surprised, it was busy but not stupidly busy, which meant we got the chance to see all of the animals without the typical fighting to get to the front to see what's going on.
We arrived at 1:30pm which I think is a good time to go as most people tend to arrive at the zoo as soon as it opens. The zoo is open daily from 10am until 6pm in peak season, which is plenty of time to wonder round as many times as you like (see HERE for all year round opening hours).
There is so much to see and do at the zoo, if you have children there are plenty of play areas, seating and picnic areas, toilets and lots of activities to keep the children occupied if they start to get bored of the crowds.
As we don't have any kids yet, it was nice to stroll around aimlessly, without any planning or map to follow, however my little feet were killing me after 3 hours of walking, even in comfy flat shoes!
Ticket prices do vary throughout the year and Chester zoo do do discounts for buying online or family/group bookings (you can find more details HERE). We paid £28.00 each which I think is a good price considering we could have stayed there all day if we wanted too. Date day was a success and the weather was very kind to us!
Have you ever visited Chester zoo before? Or are you planning too?