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7 Fun Things to See and do Near Chester Zoo

Published on 21st October 2017 by Joseph

Chester zoo was founded by George Mottershead. He is the pioneer of the no-bar zoos and he preferred using ditches for separating animals. This zoo has been at the forefront of innovation. Some new recreations have been added to it and they depict the beauty of various South-East Asian islands.

The journey on water which links to the islands in the zoo makes it one of the most ambitious developments in the entire European region. It is just 15 minutes away from Chester.  Each year, the zoo gets 1.6 million visitors which include the locals and foreigners. The zoo is home to 200,000 wild animals from 500 different species.  It has a land of 125 acres and it’s open throughout the week. The ticket costs £ 14.00 for adults, £11.20 for children from 23 to 15 and £12.60 for students. Infants of 2 years and under have free entry.

To make your visit exciting and memorable, why not take your kids to the attractions near the Chester Zoo too? Have a look at the things to do near Chester zoo:

1. Gulliver’s World Resort, Warrington

Gulliver's World Resort

Gulliver’s World Resort is a collection of theme parks that can literally make a kid’s day magical. The place is so busy that you often have to book the tickets at least 2 days in advance.  Gulliver’s world Warrington, Kingdom Matlock bath, Land Milton Keynes and Dino & Farm Park Milton Keynes are its famous theme parks. It is a perfect place for kids between 2 to 13 years old.

2. Ness Botanic Gardens

Ness Botanic Gardens

The Ness Botanic gardens give you fantastic views across the River Dee to north Wales. The gardens were created by Arthur Kiplin Bully who was passionate about plants. He even persuaded travelers and diplomats to send him seeds of new plants. The gardens were also introduced with new plants from Nepal, Tibet and China.

3. Anderton Boat Lift

It’s a two caisson lift that provides 50 feet vertical link between the river Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal. It is home to an interactive exhibition that lets you discover the history behind the boat lift itself. The trip begins in a glass sided boat that can take in 56 passengers.  45 minutes and 90 minutes trips are available. It’s a great opportunity to see the wildlife and the heritage of Northwich. After you are done with the tour, don’t forget to visit the coffee shop and have lunch. This ride makes a fun family activity.

4. National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

National Waterways Museum

Are you up for exploring the waterways on a different level?  Make your way to the National Waterways museum. It opened in the 19070s with the name ‘north West Museum of Inland Navigation’. Locals remember it as the’ Boat Museum’ but it more than just a home to boats. Other collectibles here include traditional clothing, tools, and painted canalware.  The authorities allow you to walk around the docks, warehouse and locks of the museum.  Some of the most treasured boats of the country are stored here.  Don’t forget to explore the Shropshire Union Canal in one of the narrowboats.

5. Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent

Trentham Gardens

It is an Italian garden that is now known as the largest display of perennial plantings in the European continent. The parkland changes with the seasons so no matter what time of the year you visit the Trentham, you will be amazed. It is open throughout the year.

6. The Lion Salt Works, Northwich

Want to learn about the story of salt? The Lion Salt works will make a great educational visit in this regard. It is the newest heritage attraction that tells the story of salt through interactive educational exhibits. The site has huge boiling pans of salt that produce giant steam clouds. There is theatrical lighting and sound to make things more thrilling. Apart from this, there are lots of activities for kids and adults.

Crocky Trail, Waverton

Crocky Trail

Crocky Trail is a huge playground for kids. The trail has scary slides, wobbly bridge, a swinging chain bridge and a number of other swings. Let your kids have fun in the playground while you take in some fresh air. There is a café in the park too.

7. Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, Ellesmere Port

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Well, it is not just kids who are meant to have all the fun near Chester zoo, adults can definitely have a great time too. If you are a shopaholic, you are going to love the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. It’s a place where you can shop for 145 different high street luxury brands at up to 60% less price. Whether its men or women, everyone can find a designer outfit of their choice here at a good bargain.