Open from 10am daily. Closing times vary throughout the year, see zoo's website for details.
Main Season on-the-day prices:
Adventurer (12 years and over)
Young Adventurer (under 12 years)
Individuals under 0.9m:
Families and groups of 2 or more £33.00 per person (over 0.9m)
Disabled adults and children admitted at regular price, but one helper per disabled person admitted free. One additional helper
Reduced prices may be available on zoo/sea life centre only opening days.
Season tickets, group and online advanced booking discounts also available. See the zoo's website for details.
Chessington Zoo celebrated its 75th Birthday last year, 2006. At its start it was simply a zoo with no mention of a Theme Park. Having said that, you can now get closer than ever to the animals with Chessington's Animal Land being at the forefront of conservation in the UK, and boasting one of Europe's most successful families of Gorillas.
Trail of the Kings is possibly Chessington's most spectacular animal attraction. Themed in the style of an African game lodge, here you will come face to face - separated only by huge viewing windows - with one of Europe's most successful Gorilla families, featuring three male and seven female West Lowland Gorillas spanning three generations. The other residents of this feature are pairs of Sumatran Tigers, Persian Leopards, and Asian Lions
One of Chessington's newest attractions is Creature Features, having been opened in Summer 2006. Here, among a variety of play and learn interactive features, you will find meerkats, wallabies, rheas, skunks and porcupines. The meerkat and porcupine enclosures include special underground viewing globes, so that you can get literally nose-to-nose with the animals, and see the world from their eye level.
Also new in 2006 is the walkthrough enclosure for the squirrel monkeys, located in the recently refurbished monkey and bird garden, home to a variety of monkeys and exotic birds from around the world.
The Creepy Caves feature allows you to see a variety of reptiles, snakes and creepy crawlies, while the Children's Zoo allows you to get close to, and even touch or feed, a selection of rather more friendly and cuddly creatures. A variety of shows are also held throughout the day, including feeding shows for the penguins and sea lions, and the `Animal Antics' shows featuring a trio of lively macaws.
Apart from the zoo (Animal Land), Chessington has an extensive theme park, with a wide variety of rides and amusements for everybody, from tiny tots to older and more adventurous thrill seekers. A wide variety of restaurants, cafes and other refreshment facilities are also available around the park.
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£2.00 per day
Greedy Goblin Family Inn
Waffles and Ices
Fresh Hot Donuts
Baby changing and feeding facilities
Fun Fort Amusement Centre
Hocus Pocus Hall
Smiffy's Joke Shop and many, many more attractions at Chessington World of Adventure
A full guide for disabled visitors is available on the Zoo's website
Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates
Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.
Lorikeet Lagoon walkthrough aviary.
Sea Life Centre. Features over 20 marine life displays with species from Shrimps and Starfish to Sharks and Stingrays, including interactive touch pools and a walkthrough tank.
Trail of the Kings (Gorillas and Big Cats)
Monkey and Bird Garden
Live Animal Shows
Squirrel Monkey Walkthrough
Many Special Events (see zoo website)
How To Get There:
Chessington is located 12 miles from London on the A243, between Surbiton and Leatherhead.
From the M25 (junction 9, Leatherhead):
Take the A243 north towards Hook. Chessington World of Adventures is then on the left after about 3 miles from the anticlockwise M25 exit (4 miles from clockwise exit), shortly after crossroads with B280.
From Central London:
Take the A3 (T) south-west (towards Guildford) to the junction with the A243 and A309 at Hook Turn left onto the A243, and continue south towards Leatherhead for about 2 miles. Chessington World of Adventures will then be on the right, shortly after leaving Hook.
By Public Transport
Regular South West Train services run from Waterloo, Clapham Junction and Wimbledon. Take the train to Chessington South Station. The park is approximately 10 minutes walk from the station.
See www.southwesttrains.co.uk for details of times and fares.
Chessington is served by a regular bus service. Take the 465 bus from Kingston to Chessington, or the 467 bus from Epsom to Chessington.
Data on this page last updated: Apr 13 2014