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Knowsley Safari Park

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A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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Paid for a family ticket, £70+ but as soon as you get inside your faced with fair ground rides that... read more

Reviewed today
Helen L
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Loved it want to visit again

Finally made it here and wanting to visit for many years. I loved it as did the boys. The animals... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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Knowsley Safari Park was opened to the public in July 1971 by the 18th Earl of Derby. Then, the `safari park' concept of having visitors in cages (cars) and the animals roaming free based on the drive-through game reserves of East Africa was unique. In 1994, Edward Stanley, the 19th Earl, succeeded to the title. The estate being only 8 miles (13 km) from Liverpool city centre, Knowsley was the first safari park to be built close to a large city. In spite of some understandable apprehension about the possible problems associated with large numbers of animals (including lions) roaming about close to the city, the then County and District councils approved the proposals.In the first two years of opening, the route through Knowsley Safari Park consisted of a 3½ mile (5.6 km) drive, and the main attractions were lions, cheetahs, monkeys, giraffes, zebra, elephants and various antelopes. The park proved immensely popular, so in 1973 an extension, including a further 1½ miles (2.4km) of road, was built and opened. This allowed more animals to be added to the collection on display along the now 5-mile- (8 km) long route, including herds of camels, buffalo and white rhino as well as a group of tigers.A few modifications to the original design have had to be made for safety and display reasons. The tigers and lions are now displayed in enclosures within the game reserves, and the elephants have their own paddock in the walk around section at the end of the safari drive. We also have a car friendly route around the outside of the monkey jungle for visitors who do not wish to have a close encounter with our baboons. Knowsley Safari Park has become one of Merseyside's premier leisure attractions, winning several awards for tourism and it's animal husbandry.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“baboon enclosure” (170 reviews)
“sea lion show” (402 reviews)
“many times” (158 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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Reviewed today via mobile

Paid for a family ticket, £70+ but as soon as you get inside your faced with fair ground rides that have to be paid for 😣not a good start, would have preferred to have them included in the entry, even if it cost a bit...More

Thank Helen L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Finally made it here and wanting to visit for many years. I loved it as did the boys. The animals looked well and healthy and we got really close to most of them. Had a great day. Ice cream is a must. Think the zip...More

Thank EGavin22
Reviewed yesterday

We came last week for the first time, it was £15 for the car. We really enjoyed ourselves, and for the money we think it was good. Nearly everything was closed though, which was disappointing and the Elephants and the Giraffes were closed off too...More

Thank xoFairyKissox
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Came here with my son (2) we arrived at 10am and went for a walk around first to see the giraffes and meerkats etc, the weather was great so we just took our time, lots of climbing frames and sea lion shows etc we then...More

Thank BobbieJLpl
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very nice day out for young & old. Didn't use the restaurant so can't comment on this, we had a burger & a sweet chilli sausage which I thought were rather expensive as £5 each.

Thank ChristyB418
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited Knowsley 14th October, booked online 2 adults and a child ticket worked out about £48. Decided to do the road safari first and was quite excited for how long the road safari would be. All was good until we went into the Baboons,...More

2  Thank John B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Came here for a family day out,few people had recommended the park wasn't dissapointed..staff were polite and friendly at the drive thru kiosk which is always a good start. Plenty of animals to see and things to do.. the drive thru safari was good could...More

Thank lauralovie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A brilliant safari park. Had a great time. Amazong value the midweek madness only 15 pounds a car for upto 7 people. Also I highly recommend to download the safari app. You can hear amazong info on the animals. It really enhances the experience.

1  Thank aellituv
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have visited here many times with my kids and every time we enjoy ourselves! It keeps improving each year - never had a bad day out there!!! Would recommend to any family looking for a great day out!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We all loved it, overall well worth a visit especially for little ones and of course adults too, plus lots nearby eg Liverpool and Cheshire Oaks

Thank MohammedTawhid
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Leigh S
14 August 2017|
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Response from andy b | Reviewed this property |
Roughly 10 rides but unlimited access, a 12 year old might find them a bit boring
29 July 2017|
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Response from Ana R | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is plenty of parking for visitors.
20 July 2017|
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Response from crazyhorse6 | Reviewed this property |
No not at all you can go on the Baboon Bus in fact I would highly reccomend it it's a great experience you get a running commentary of the animals by Nick the driver. The baboon enclosure is the best they climb all over the... More