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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

Absolutely love this place. Close to our home and easy to get to. About an hour drive around the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
Truly Phenomenal Day Out! - Well done Knowsley!

I can't express how much of a great day my family and I had today! There are so many animals on the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Widnes, United Kingdom
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
+44 151 430 9009
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Absolutely love this place. Close to our home and easy to get to. About an hour drive around the safari and loads of animals to see. You can even get out and go and see the elephants and girraffes at the end in their enclosure....More

Thank Lolcritch2004
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I can't express how much of a great day my family and I had today! There are so many animals on the the safari and they come so close . At one point some camels came right up and looked in the windows and the...More

1  Thank rosswillcock10
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We came over from Isle of Man on a day trip with our nephew from New Zealand. It's probably 30+ years since my last visit. Maybe I'm old and jaded and the magic has gone but it felt tired, park route signage was poor. Laugh...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

But this did not spoil the day! Exciting from the minute you enter the park ( though it was not clear as you drove in where you paid as we entered beside a office building to left & assumed you paid further in! we had...More

Thank henryMC13
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my husband went on a Tuesday. It was pretty quiet although there were a few school groups. The animals are magnificent and look in great health. Unlike a zoo you get pretty close up. They just wander around you in the car. The...More

Thank Loujay G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited Knowsley with my husband and 2 year old daughter at the weekend. We were pleasantly surprised at how much there was to do in addition to the drive round to see the animals. My daughter loved the train, the Sea Lion show and...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great day out. Went around the walking part first, saw the sea lion show and the falconry show, great. Driving through the safari park was great, only saw a little of the lions as they were all in one place and some drivers...More

Thank Julie G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to see the animals and get close to lions, deer and rhinos. After the road safari, there is a small zoo and play area, with a really good sea lion display and birds of prey display. On the day we...More

Thank Brian R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As two adult animal lovers this day out was fantastic fun. We arrived just after the park opened & having pre booked online we just gave our booking reference , got our brochure & away we went on the safari drive. Highlight of which as...More

1  Thank vbh770
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here as a pre birthday treat and had a great time, it's a bit expensive but well worth the money, because it was a week day it was pretty quiet. The safari drive is great and take just over an hour. There are...More

Thank andy b
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20 July 2017|
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Response from Charlotte L | Reviewed this property |
We used our own car. Not sure that I saw any buses going around. You can avoid the monkey enclosure and drive the perimeter so your car doesn't get trashed !
17 July 2017|
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Response from Ana R | Reviewed this property |
The Baboon Bus takes you around the park and you get information as you go around. I'd definitely recommend it!
19 May 2017|
Response from Suzi1211 | Reviewed this property |
I showed my letter and attended for free as I'm a carer