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Knowsley Safari

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A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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Went today....full car for £15 what's not to love. We got there before 10.30am (raining but who... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Manchester UK
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Amazing staff Amazing day

Could not fault this day, £15 a car! Staff at front desk helpful and really friendly, we had a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea lion show” (414 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went today....full car for £15 what's not to love. We got there before 10.30am (raining but who cares) and drove round 3 times in all during the day as well as the foot safari, bird display and sealions. Took a packed lunch, hardly spent money...More

Thank ClaireabelleRed
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Could not fault this day, £15 a car! Staff at front desk helpful and really friendly, we had a incident with our car coming into the lions section, the rangers helped fix the situation and we was not allowed in the gates, however they took...More

Thank GabyJones32
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Was a lovely few hours out. Not many animals around but understandable in winter. The foot safari was chocker and the cafe was queuing out of the door. Kids really loved the monkeys and the car got away unscathed thankfully. Bargain at £15 per car...More

Thank Mumoffour3326
Reviewed 4 days ago

had a great day out the the children highly recomended for families great value for money. Visited the cafe for lunch it was extra busy but you must expect this when visiting at peak times.

Thank Carolyn F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took advantage of the £15 per car off this weekend and spent over an hour getting out of the car park, despite leaving an hour before the park closed. Absolute joke, why they don't have people marshaling the car park I have no idea. Even...More

1  Thank devilcake
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very busy today but it is a Saturday and tickets slashed to £15 per car so we knew what to expect, 4 hrs to do 2 trips through park as the first trip baboons where grid locked with cars, we had 14, 4, and a...More

Thank lee r
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out. Nice to see MOST of the animals able to run around nice big enclosures - with some exceptions. The rhinos did not look like they had much space at all. I have seen larger rhino exhibits in zoos. There were a lot...More

Thank Dan J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So having visited Longleat safari park many times my expectations were pretty high considering Knowsley is the largest safari drive in the UK. I won’t be returning, I’d rather make the 5 hour journey down to Longleat instead. There weren’t enough animals as all. I...More

Thank TildaHock
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took our 4 year old for a birthday treat here, was easy to find and sign posted well, most of the Safari was closed due to winds but there was no wind all day ?? We felt unhappy as we drove over 2 hours to...More

Thank Vaughnii
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brilliant day out with the kids. We got there early so was was not busy being the second car to enter the park. It got noticeably busier in the afternoon. There is a separate road you can drive round the baboon enclosure. We went in...More

Thank lpymb02
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21 November 2017|
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Response from D1xxx | Reviewed this property |
i am going on 25th Nov and it is only £15 per car (up to 7 people) wear winter clothes and take a brolly, but i'm sure you will have a fab day :)
Roseanna F
22 October 2017|
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You can drive through the park as many times as possible. Not sure about the bus but if you do not want to drive through them thee is a bye pass route which goes along the side of the enclosure so you can see a lot of them... More
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