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Knowsley Safari Park

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Address: A58, Prescot, Knowsley L34 4AN, England
Phone Number: +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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Best Day Out for A Longtime

We brought our grandchildren here for the day and all of us really enjoyed ourselves. We visited before it was reduced to £15 per car, but did get a discounted offer. We had a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We brought our grandchildren here for the day and all of us really enjoyed ourselves. We visited before it was reduced to £15 per car, but did get a discounted offer. We had a really slow drive around the park in the morning and took some good photos, then we had lunch and visited the wonderful Sea Lion Show. The... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow what a fantastic santos grotto x my son was a little scared ( to put it mildly) and Santa and all helpers couldn't do more to help him feel at ease. Santa spent lots of time with us talking to my son x absolutely loved it x

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommended, the drive through area is fantastic even the car unsafe area with the baboons. Even though it was out of season it was definitely worth the two hour drive from the east coast.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Best £15 we've spent in ages. Current deal is £15 per car and we drove straight upto the kiosk and drove straight around the park. Best to go early as there was only 2 cars in front of us so we could stop and take our time over things, the rhinos were brill. The baboons were very cheaky and the... More 

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Thank Tim B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We like knowsley safari park we see animels very close my son Danish 2 & half year old like animels he see animels and remember their name, i recumend my other friends its my second trip,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful value for money - granny and grandad and 2 grandchildren. It was a hoot driving around with the baboons jumping on the car and showing off their red bottoms! We didn't have any damage to our car but the one in front had its wing mirror pulled off. There are lots of picnic areas and a cafe. We walked... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the half price offer that was on and well worth the money. Oaps rate too. The animals were healthy looking and we saw most of them. Beware of the baboons though. I have been through the compound several times in the past and apart from them riding on the bonnet seeing have never had a problem. I thought there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time the staff were very friendly and everything was reasonably priced my thre grandchildren aged 3 6 and 11 all loved it.especially the birds of prey

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have had a lovely day out with grandchildren at the Safari park today.Have been coming here over the years when our children were little and now coming with our grandchildren. There is so much to do that we can't do it all in one visit .You can travel round the park as many times as you like and it's worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I haven't visited Knowsley Safari Park since I was about 12 years old and now I'm 22 so it was well overdue a visit - and it was even BETTER than I remembered it to be. I'm disabled so many of these attractions I can only handle so much of but this was the perfect day out for a disabled... More 

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