Best Hotels Near Chester Zoo (Compare Hotel & Ticket Deals)

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Step 2 – Book a hotel – check our guide to the best family hotels near Chester Zoo below.

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Best Hotels Near Chester Zoo

MILL Hotel & Spa

Kid-friendly swimming pool at Mill Hotel & Spa near Chester Zoo and Chester Station

The Mill Hotel and Spa is located alongside the Shropshire Union Canal, 5 minutes’ walk from Chester Station. It offers 5 eateries and a leisure centre with a swimming pool. A family of 4 can share a club room with 2 single beds and 1 double bed. This is a popular hotel with families. Chester Zoo is within a 10-minute drive of the hotel.

Holiday Inn Chester South

Treadmills inside the gym of family-friendly Holiday Inn Chester South

Located on the edge of historic Chester, the hotel is just off the A55, just a 15-minute drive from Chester Zoo.  Spacious rooms have WiFi access and air conditioning. All rooms have a private bathroom, a flat-screen HD TV with on-demand movies and tea and coffee-making facilities. There is a swimming pool and cardio equipment. The Junction Restaurant features a terrace and serves modern British dishes. Breakfast comprises of a full hot and cold buffet.

Cromwell – Gorgeous City Centre Town House

Inside a bedroom of a town house accommodation for large families of 6 at Cromwell,Gorgeous City Centre Town House

Larger family? This town house sleeps 6 with 3 bedrooms, 3 double beds and 1 bathroom. It is conveniently only 3.1 miles from Chester Zoo. House includes a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave and a washing machine.

Stone Villa Chester

2-bed family room at kid-friendly Stone Villa Chester

Just 1.9 miles from Chester Zoo, this hotel has exceptional reviews. It offers free parking, rooms with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and an extensive breakfast menu included in price. Only a 5-minute walk from Chester Station. Chester Cathedral and Chester’s Roman Amphitheatre are both less than one mile away.

Holiday Inn Express, Chester Racecourse

Within the grounds of Chester Racecourse, this Holiday Inn Express is 2.8 miles (10-minute drive) from Chester Zoo. The spacious rooms feature colourful art and tea/coffee facilities. Family rooms have a satellite TV and a private modern bathroom with a power shower. Guests can enjoy a varied breakfast buffet included in price.

Fir Tree Cottage

Fir-Tree Cottage is a family-friendly accommodation that’s 0.5 miles near Chester Zoo. That’s around 5-12 minutes walk. It is a 2-bedroom house that sleeps 4. Bedroom 1 has a double bed, Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds. No cots are available but babies and small kids can sleep alongside 2 adults on the double bed.

This holiday home features a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking. Parking for up to two cars is in the private drive adjacent to the cottage. Guests can enjoy the private garden in the summer and barbecue utilities are available on request.

Nearby popular landmarks include Grosvenor Museum, Chester Castle, Delamere Forest, Sefton Park, Blue Planet Aquarium, Chester Races, Beeston Castle and River Dee.  The closest airport is Liverpool John Lennon Airport which is 8 miles away.

Belgrave Hotel

Belgrave Hotel is a family-run hotel that’s strategically located 3 minutes from the railway station and a 10-minute walk from the town centre. It is 4 miles near Chester Zoo, which is around 10 minutes away.

Guests and their family can book either the 4-person Family room with 2 single beds and 1 double bed, or opt for the 6-7person 2-Bedroom Apartment which aside from the family room has a second bedroom with 3 single beds. Bedrooms at The Belgrave Hotel are comfortably furnished and equipped with: tea & coffee making facilities and central heating, and Wi-Fi Internet is available too. Bedrooms are offered with a choice of either a bathtub or shower. Please note AMEX is not accepted at this property and another form of payment or card will be required.

Belgrave Hotel’s old world dining room makes the ambience different. The small and cosy on-site restaurant provides guests with a full traditional English breakfast and other meals.

Other nearby attractions that families would love are Chester Cathedral, Chester City Walls, Eastgate Clock,  the Roman Walls and the ruins of the amphitheatre are all within walking distance of the hotel. Chester’s newest attraction, Blue Planet Aquarium,  is also very close at 6.8 miles or 12 minutes away.

Cosy cabin near historic Chester

The Cosy Cabin is an accommodation that comfortably fits a family of four. It has 1 double bed which can fit 2 adults and 1 kid while the living room has 1 sofa bed. This family-friendly cabin is conveniently close at about a 3-mile drive or a short bus ride to Chester Zoo. 

Chester is well served by public transport and there is a bus stop outside the property so families can opt to travel by bus. During the day, buses run every 10-15 minutes into the city centre. From there, guests can take a bus or train to all the surrounding areas and cities, such as Liverpool or Manchester or even the North Wales Coast.

It has a patio and garden views, plus an outdoor children’s playground so kids can enjoy their playtime. The garden allows families to have a barbecue using its facilities. For those who prefer indoor activities, there are board games and puzzles inside the cabin.

The nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon Airport, 41 km from the accommodation. Other popular family attractions nearby are the River Dee, Delamere Forest, Chester Racecourse, Grosvenor Museum, Chester Castle, Chester Train Station, and Green Acres Animal Park. Family activities nearby include horseback riding, bowling, hiking, and a golfing.

Zoo House Chester

Zoo House Chester is a spacious family accommodation conveniently located 300 meters away from Chester Zoo. It has a sun terrace, patio, garden, and free parking and WiFi. This property has 3 bedrooms that can sleep 8. The first bedroom has a double bed, the second bedroom has 2 bunk beds, 3rd bedroom has an extra-large double bed, and the living room has a sofa bed.

it is child-friendly with facilities such as a high chair, travel cot, bunk beds and kid’s DVDs.

Family guests can engage in activities such as hiking, cycling and canoeing.

Chester Racecourse is 6 km from Zoo House Chester, while Chester Cathedral is 5 km away. The nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon Airport, 39 km from the accommodation.

Zoo Cottage

Zoo Cottage is a family accommodation sleeps 5-6 with 1 double-decker bed, a single bed, and an extra-large double bed that can sleep 3. It is offering free WiFi, free parking that can accommodate 2 vehicles and barbecue facilities.

This Holiday Home has a large garden area with seats, which is ideal to relax in or for the children to play in. All bookings for 2 nights or more will receive a complimentary bottle of Zoo Cottage Prosecco. Chester Zoo is only 0.60 miles from the property.

There are numerous restaurants within walking distance and the bus stop is less than 10 minutes walk away from Zoo Cottage.

There are baby safety gates inside the cottage as well as child safety socket covers to ensure the safety of babies and toddlers. For kids, there are books, DVDs, board games and puzzles to keep them happy and preoccupied while the adults relax or do a barbecue near the garden area.

Nearby popular landmarks that families can visit include the Delamere Forest, Sefton Park, Mendips John Lennon Home, Chester Castle, Grosvenor Museum, and the River Dee.

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About Chester Zoo

Undoubtedly the UK’s number one wildlife attraction and also one of the world’s top zoos, famous Chester Zoo doesn’t have any on-site accommodation. So either book your tickets online – note that prices change according to the season and day of the week; it’s sometimes half the price if you go midweek – and look for a close hotel.

Opening Times

Saturday 16 Feb – Friday 29 March10am4:30pm
Saturday 30 March – Sunday 28 April10am5:30pm
Monday 29 April – Friday 3 May10am5pm
Saturday 4 May – Monday 6 May10am6pm
Tuesday 7 May – Friday 24 May10am5pm
Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June10am6pm
Monday 3 June – Friday 19 July10am5pm
Saturday 20 July – Sunday 1 September10am6pm
Monday 2 September – Sunday 29 September10am5pm
Monday 30 September – Sunday 3 November10am4:30pm
Monday 4 November – Sunday 29 December10am4pm
Tuesday 24 December10am3pm

Post Code

Upton, Chester CH2 1EW

Once you get onto the A41, from whichever direction, simply stay on that road until you reach a roundabout with a large wooden ark on it. From there follow the signs into the zoo. Sat Navs get confused so please ignore them once you get onto the A41! Do not turn down Flag Lane North as it is a dead end.

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Chester Zoo Attractions

Explore 500 species of animals and 125 acres of habitats

Ticket Prices

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Prices vary depending on day and date of entry. For full details click here>>

Good to know…

If you are travelling with children under 2 years of age they are eligible for FREE entry.


“Best zoo I’ve ever visited. I took my daughters here as a big treat and it was worth the long journey. Their aim is to keep the different species going and their conservation into animals is fantastic. Very well cared for with huge areas for all the animals. The food was expensive but we took a packed lunch. £8 for unlimited soft drink in a special cup. Again we didnt do this. Will be back.”

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“We had a lovely day at this superb zoo. It is very easy to find by car and there is plenty of (free) parking. There is a wide variety of animals, all seem to have very spacious enclosures. There are lots of interesting facts about the creatures, their habitats, how humans impact on them and what is being/can be done to help preserve these animals in the wild. The monorail is handy and is either tediously slow (according to my 10 year old – who I think expected a roller coaster type of ride), or the perfect way to admire the animals from the excellent advantage point it offers. The zoo is quite large and requires a lot of walking. We had a 2 year old in a buggy but there were no demanding hills to tackle and the paths are generally wide and smooth. You will find lots of catering points which we felt were a little pricey so take a picnic if you’re on a budget. There are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. There are ample, clean toilet facilities and the staff were friendly and helpful.”

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“My family and I had an amazing day-out here! it is reportedly one of the best zoo’s in Europe, and it certainly lives up to that. The animals are very well looked after, and you can tell that millions of pounds have been spent on creating a world-class zoological facility. It’s so big, and their’s so much to see and do that you definitely need two days with an overnight stay in Chester to take it all in.”

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