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Knowsley Safari Park

#1 of 11 things to do in Prescot Features Animals
A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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Great day out with kids at Knowsley Safari Park

We drove to Liverpool with an offer from Groupon and this was included in our hotel stay. It... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Patrick Y
Coventry, United Kingdom
Great day out.

Went as a family trip - 2 adults and 2 children. Got to Safari for 11am. Straight in and not to... read more

Reviewed 3 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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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Reviewed yesterday

We drove to Liverpool with an offer from Groupon and this was included in our hotel stay. It was a great deal. We drove up and the lines to go in were quite short. There were about 8 drive-in lanes. You can go around the...More

Thank Patrick Y
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went as a family trip - 2 adults and 2 children. Got to Safari for 11am. Straight in and not to busy. Went straight to the Safari park drive. Had a close encounter with a Wildebeest near my car chasing a horse looking animal. Further...More

3  Thank BrighteyesUK09
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great day out for all ages, the baboons where brilliant however if you love your car just be mindful you may end up with a window wiper missing! Fantastic day and if you book online you get a discount, we booked our tickets whilst travelling...More

Thank sineadmvg
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Haven't visited for along time and we weren't disappointed. We decided to bring our grandchildren and they loved it.The safari obviously being their favourite bit.We did the sealion show and the birds and both children were enthralled .My favourite were the bats, mesmerising. The only...More

Thank AnnNaylor
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My 7 year old daughters favourite place for a day out. Everyone within an hours drive of this place with a child and a car should own an annual pass. Everyone else should just visit on the bus. We must have been 30-40 times. A...More

Thank GrumpyFussy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Plenty to see with our favourites being the rhino's and lions. The sea-lions however made our day with a fantastic presentation. Don't miss them if you're visiting - they will have you smiling all the way home.

Thank Helen H
Reviewed 4 days ago

We decided to visit Knowsley Safari Park as a summer holiday day out for our grandson - it was an excellent choice for a day out. The Safari Drive was brilliant with so many animals to see in close proximity from the car - the...More

Thank manswa
Reviewed 5 days ago

I went to the knowsley safari park with the create team from knowsley council Liverpool and the days I went were amazing. The staff were fab and always wiling to help and would go out of there way to help especially as we were with...More

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had not been before and were very pleasantly surprised! Very clean, well laid out, accessible without walking miles, brilliant sea lion display, all the animals kids love and all at a very reasonable price ( including fair rides)!! Eateries were clean and food was...More

Thank Richard K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Came for a day out. It was a lovely day. I did the coach tour round the park which was very good. I learnt a lot about the animals. Theme park is fun with some fun rides. Food areas are nice. Staff are very friendly...More

Thank Richardjj1986
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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
28 July 2017|
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Response from henryMC13 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for late reply ... yes there is a car park 👍
19 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