Chester Zoo (North of England Zoological Society)
Chester Zoo supports the local economy through sourcing and purchasing local produce including working with Cheshire Farm Ice Cream and Cheshire Cheese.
Chester Zoo is the first zoo in the zoo, and only the second one in Europe, to be awarded ISO14001. This is an internationally recognised award and given to organisations that show a real commitment to looking after the environment.
The food outlets only purchase the following products, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Marine Stewardship Council approved fish and Chester Zoo advocate & purchase only RSPO (sustainably sourced palm oil).
Every October there is a Go Orange for Orangutans campaign to raise awareness of the deforestation of habitats and to encourage the use of sustainable palm oil.
Chester Zoo make it easy for guests to recycle as they sort through the visitor bins at their material recycling facility to pull out recyclable materials.
Chester Zoo encourage sustainable travel with staff and visitors alike and partner with Merseyrail, Virgin, Northern Rail and First Bus to offer combined travel/admission ticket.
If visitors arrive by bike Chester Zoo offer 15% off admission and there’s plenty of cycle racks to use.
Chester Zoo have sought to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of the design infrastructure and construction process. Chester Zoo are on course to achieve a CEEQUAL rating of ‘excellent’ for the Islands project according to recent independent assessments.
Within the zoo there has been an AMT system (automated monitoring and targeting system) introduced to monitor our gas and electric use. This enables Chester Zoo to monitor energy use in real time and make adjustments where needed.
As part of an ongoing energy management plan, Chester Zoo has converted the bat house from oil to gas heating resulting in an environmental reduction in CO2 by 25,000Kgs p/a. Lighting in the bat house has also been converted to LED lighting resulting in an environmental reduction in CO2 by 17,000Kgs p/a.
Chester Zoo is open daily from 10 am. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
There are lots of ways to get to the zoo.
Chester Zoo care about the planet and its wildlife, so their favourite forms of transport are trains, buses – and especially bikes.
If you come by car there’s plenty of FREE parking right by the main entrance.
**The smartest way to the zoo**
Travel by rail to Chester station with Merseyrail, Arriva, Virgin and Northern Trains and you can buy the new combination ticket.
Ask at the train station and you can buy one ticket for your train, return bus link and entry to the zoo for the lowest possible price. (Discounts for seniors and children apply).
Chester Zoo is well connected to the motorway and roads network, so it’s easy to find.
If you’re using a Sat Nav, please use postcode CH2 1EU.
The main entrance is just off the A41 / Moston Road and there’s plenty of FREE car parking on site.
Bus from Chester
You can take the Number 1 service from Chester Bus Exchange.
The X8 bus links Chester Station to Chester Zoo.
Bus from Liverpool
You can take the Number 1 service.
You can take the X8 service (it has fewer stops and is quicker).
Healthy for you, good for the environment. Plus, you get 15% off your tickets!
There are cycle racks at the main entrance of the zoo.
You can plan your ride using the cycle route planner, which will calculate the best route for your cycle ride to the zoo.
Great value, comfy and simple. There are lots of coach services to choose from.
Plenty of free coach parking at the zoo main entrance.