Chester Zoo Gardens
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Plants make Chester Zoo a beautiful place and
you will find them used in many different ways. It is almost as famous for its
plant life. Some are grown for their colourful flowers, others for their
attractive bark, fruits, or leaf shapes. Plants also serve other functions,
acting as windbreaks, disguising buildings or structures, or by providing
welcome shade in the heat of summer.
The plants are used to create themed gardens
and naturalisitic habitats for the animals as well as have traditional
ornamental displays. Amongst the gardens you can see are the Andes Garden, Roman
Garden, Glorious Grasses, and the 'Spirit of the Jaguar House' which shows
plants that reflect Savannah grassland habitats as well as Tropical Rainforest,
giving a spectacular display of South American vegetation. As well as the
outdoor exhibits there are also indoor plants to admire, such as the Tropical
Realm, surrounded by stately palms and Ficus trees, while enjoying the colourful
free flying birds. Or walk the Papua New Guinea rainforest, or along a Caribbean
beach, in the Islands in Danger exhibit.
Plant conservation in the wild is of vital
importance. If we do not conserve the forests, grasslands, wetlands and deserts
then the number of species of plants and animals that face extinction will
rapidly increase. The number of rare and endangered plant species, both native
and foreign, grown in the Zoo will be gradually increased in an effort to
conserve these plants in cultivation. The Zoo will also continue to assist in
overseas projects to save habitats and protect both flora and fauna.
World-renowned animal exhibits and gardens
Fun Ark adventure play area
Oakfield House tea rooms/restaurant
Acorn licensed bar
Ice cream/drinks kiosks around site
Chester Zoo offers a fun and stimulating day
out for everyone, no matter what age or ability. They have three ways of seeing
the animals, on foot, from a higher viewpoint via a Monorail (extra charge for
this), and from a lower perspective on the waterbus.
Location: Chester Zoo Gardens, Upton by
Getting there: Off the A41 two miles north of
Chester City centre. Signposted from M53 J12 or M56 J15.
Access: Fully accessible with ramps, easy
parking, disabled toilets, electric wheelchairs and scooters also available.
Large car park on site
Other Useful Websites:
Discover Cheshire Gardens
Address: Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester,
Postcode: CH2 1LH
Telephone: 01244 380280
Opening Times: All year except 25th and 26th
December from 10am. Closes at different times depending on season - see
website for details.
Charges: High Season (Apr-Sep) Adults £15.40; Child (3-15) £11.50;
Family (2+2) £50; Concessions £14; 2 and under Free. For other season rates
see website for details.
apply for the monorail and waterbus rides.
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Notes: Waterbus only operates at weekends
during school term times.
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