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Knowsley Safari Park

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Address: A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
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+44 151 430 9009
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Knowsley Safari Park was opened to the public in July 1971 by the 18th Earl...

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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Visited the Safari Park today with our 2 yr old and had a fantastic time. Lots of animals to see on the safari drive and the baboon zone...amazing! A drive through there is a... read more

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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited the Safari Park today with our 2 yr old and had a fantastic time. Lots of animals to see on the safari drive and the baboon zone...amazing! A drive through there is a must, if you're visiting here. Plenty to do in addition to safari drive, with the amusement unlimited ride wrist band at £10 great value. What really... More 

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Visited here as a family with 2 children aged 8 & 12 Drive round safari was good kids enjoyed it although didn't seem to be many different breeds of animals (only reason not to have 5 stars ) we loved the baboons but didn't take the car in , we learnt from previous experience and the big cats were fab,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Spent the whole day here so very good value for money. First went on drive around and had all sorts of animals walking next to the car including lions. Then had picnic lunch and went around the other animals on foot. Saw the sea lion and bird show and went to the cafe. Brilliant day out.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a lovely day out.the Safari was great although if you like your car avoid the baboons. Plenty of things to do.Bought a £10 wrist band for the rides but considering we'd already paid £55 for the entrance was expensive might be nice to include this in the entrance price.The Sea Lion was fab and entertaining for the kiss

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Thank Nicola J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great time! We loved the mix of things to see by car and on foot! The baboon bus is definitely worth the £5 as you get a lap of the entire safari route and a great talk about all the animals you see! The tour guide we had was lovely and had some really great knowledge! We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the park with my grandchildren they had a wonderful tume! The staff were all so lovely and happy. We saw almost every animal on the drive the lions even walked right past our car! We gave the baboons a miss with the car friendly route but watched all the other cars go through which the girls loved. There was... More 

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Brilliant day out with the kids, all the animals were active even though it was cold. Slightly disappointed that you have to pay extra for the rides as I would prefer it all to in with the admission price. Still all in all a good day, the sea lion show was brilliant, worth a visit!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Having gone out the night before, we woke up with a bad headache and wondered what we'd do on this sunny sunday afternoon. A collegue suggested going to this place. We were surprised by this beautiful park. Driving into the park through the big gates felt like driving into jurassic park. A monkey snapped our rear window wiper off, What... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove around 4 times as some animals were hiding because of the inclement weather but had one happy little boy Seal show really needs to be livened up as the early talk is quite boring for young children and the show itself lasts 10 minutes (seals performance that is) loved being able to see them outside Bat cave isn't... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Been here loads of times and it still is lots of fun. Cafe reasonably priced. Toilets clean and tidy. Staff always friendly and helpful.

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