A Day Out At Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the United Kingdom. Very close to the historic city of Chester, the zoo is set in over 100 acres, which provide a home to an amazing 7,000 animals and an incredible 400 different species – many of which are endangered. This provides a fine setting for a fun packed and educational day out for all the family. Visitor figures are now approaching one and a half million per year.

The zoo opens at 10am every day with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Closing times vary according to the seasons and school holidays. Last entry and closing times vary with the seasons too. A number of discount vouchers and other offers are usually available, so do your research, pick the best time for you to visit, and book your tickets online.

To help get the most out of your day at Chester Zoo you may wish to take advantage of their Animal Talk Times. Specialist presenters give at least seven informative talks about the animals each day. Check the itinerary beforehand.

To ensure the animals get the best possible care, the in-house animal health centre provides a full range of veterinary care and facilities. All animal enclosures and nutrition are under constant review. The zoo’s gardens are award winning and provide a fabulous background to the animals. Featuring plants from all around the world, the gardens help to provide the natural environment of many of the more exotic species.

The zoo gives its mission statement as “to be a major force in conserving biodiversity worldwide.” They achieve that by contributing to the protection of species and habitats through a combination of field conservation, research, conservation breeding, advances in animal welfare and education.

Additionally Chester Zoo is a member of various national, European and international zoo bodies, which include the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

Given that the zoo is set in 100 plus acres, getting around seeing all, can be a strain on the legs. If you cannot walk far there are other options provided. This includes the Zoo Monorail for the high ride or if you prefer, why not try the more genteel Waterbus?

After exploring you will have worked up an appetite. This can be satisfied by anything from a quick snack and a coffee, enjoy a meal at any of the zoo’s numerous eating places. Ever mindful of conservation issues the zoo sources food locally, and seeks to steer clear of ingredients which may affect their conservation efforts.

Chester Zoo is a wonderful day out. However, the area offers much more to see and do, and a 2-3 day stay will afford lots of fun and interest. The city of Chester itself is on the doorstep offering a rich historical heritage. Liverpool is just a short train and river trip, for those wanting to explore the Beatles connection. For those wishing a more scenic option the breathtaking North Wales coastline by train to Conway is half an hour away.

If you are planning a visit to the zoo why not consider turning it in to a mini-break, perhaps over a weekend, and mid-week. Visit other sights and attractions in the area. A full range of hotel, bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation is available.


Christmas Travelling in London

The English capital is the largest city in Europe and a major tourist hotspot. With thousands of visitors arriving every day in London from different parts of the world, its streets bustle with visitor activity daily. Thanks to the excellent infrastructure of London, visitors can easily and safely get around the city. The impressive public transportation system offers immense convenience to visitors ensuring that they reach their destination in time. However, visitors must do some research in advance to get apprised with the public transportation system of London so that they do not have to waste time searching their destination. This is especially important during the festival season in the Christmas week when visitor activity remains at its peak.

The yuletide season has already kicked off in London. Christmas lights have been switched on at the various high streets of West End and the whole city is basking in the festive glow. Festivals and fairs are taking place at several places in the city including Royal parks, museums and cultural venues. Music concerts, theatre shows and ice skating are widely taking place around the city due to which all the streets are witnessing a huge rush throughout the day. In these times, the Tube (London’s underground metro railway system) comes as a huge respite for locals and visitors alike. Due to excellent tube connections in central London, visitors can get to their destination easily and on time. However, considering they have to travel to and fro many times a day given their tight schedule of activities and length of their stay, they must get a travel card.

A travel card offers great convenience to visitors as it relieves them of the hassle of standing in the long queues at the tube station ticket windows. Depending upon the length of your stay, get a travel card for three, four or seven days to save money on travelling. In fact, if you are on a long holiday in the city, buy a travel card that offers you unlimited traveling by both bus and tube. You will be able to use this card while travelling in any zone in the city also for the Docklands Light Railway. Your travel card can be your great companion helping you explore the British capital inexpensively.

As your main medium of transportation will be tube, you must always carry a tube map with you. This way, you will not have to waste time asking people about which tube to get and from where to reach a particular place. In fact, buy an A-to-Z London guide as soon as you reach the city.

Even after you travel by tube, you will have to walk a lot to reach the venue of celebration. So, it is advised that you come to London with a lot of enthusiasm to walk around the city. Equally important is to carry a pair or two of comfortable shoes to be able to walk miles in the city.