One of the best zoos in the United Kingdom, the Chester Zoo houses 20,000 animals from 500 species, all spread out over 125 acres for the park's 1.6 million yearly visitors to learn about.
Highlights include the Tsavo Black Rhino Reserve; the Realm of the Red Ape; the Fruit Bat Forest; the Hi Way family of Asian elephants; and the Islands at Chester Zoo, meant to replicate the environment of South East Asia with native species such as the Sunda gharial crocodile and the Sumatran tiger. To move about the park with ease, take a ride on the Zoofari Monorail (extra fee), which offers a great view from above and has stations throughout the park.
In addition, travelers can explore the historic Oakfield House, home to the Mottershead family when they opened the zoo in 1931, and a number of themed children's play areas. When you're hungry, stop in at one of the park's cafes and restaurants.
The Chester Zoo is easily accessible by car thanks to free parking. The No. 1 bus can be taken from either Chester or Liverpool and stops right at the zoo entrance. By rail, visitors can get off at Chester Station. Admission costs £26 for adults and £22 for children. The park is open daily from 10am and closes between 4 and 5pm. The site is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The zoo is fully accessible, offering wheelchairs and strollers.