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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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Very good day out, lots to do for kids, bird show and sea lion shows was fab. Would most definitely go again

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good day out, lots to do for kids, bird show and sea lion shows was fab. Would most definitely go again

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Was really impressed with the staff. Safari Park was amazing really happy about Robert the Batman with his knowledge about the bats and answered all the questions the kids asked and the happy birthday shoutout to one of the kids at the sea lion show would recommend to anyone looking for a day out with kids thank you.

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A lovely zoo with well looked after animals. The monkeys entertained us the most. They broke our wiper and ' sprayed' on the windscreen to the amusement of my little ones. It is a good idea to come early as there is various activities planned on the day. Will definitely return.

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It's such a beautiful place to appreciate Nature and all that it can to offer with its magnificent creatures. My husband has already been and he surprised me with this birthday treat. I also didn't know that there were different kinds of deers etc etc, few animals on the Safari guide were new & I definitely learnt a few things... More 

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Absolutely love this place just for the monkeys. Such funny little characters jumping all over your car! Amazing experience and the kids loved having a selfie with a monkey!

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This is a good day out but very pricey I find unless you can use a special offer. Always best to take a picnic, many places to eat it and it will help keep the cost down and the kids always prefer a picnic. The animals are great and seem well looked after, everything is well managed

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Great day out at a good price! Good for all weather conditions and something for all the family! Worth a visit

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We had a few wow moments at Knowsley safari park today the staff are very friendly, the children really enjoyed the rides. Using the baboon bus was a great idea leat a lot from our "not an official tour guide" and no damage to our car. :-) We managed to catch the birds of prey show which was fantastic!! Seeing... More 

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advertised earlier this march as £15 per car which was seemed incredible value. We turned up at the park and were asked for £82 and were horrified and turned around and left. We then realised it was school holidays. We returned two weeks later, just like before on a weekday and this time it was £15 and it was wonderful,... More 

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Visited yesterday with my son's primary school - by far the best school trip we have been on! We went on a coach and had a fantastic tour guide who pointed out all the animals and told us their names and a bit about them. We loved the Rhinos, Lions and baby camel. We fed the giraffe which came so... More 

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