Knowsley Safari Park

Prescot, Merseyside L34 4AN

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Opening Times

Knowlsey Safari Park is open all year round (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day) - in extreme weather conditions the Park may shut for safety reasons.

9 February-2 November:

Open daily from 10am; last entry varies through the season - see zoo's website for current times.

3 November - February:

Open weekends only 10.30am-3pm

Admission Prices



Children (3-15 years) / Seniors


Under 3 years


Family (2+2)


Walk-in (adult/child/senior)


Baboon Bus tours of the drive-through enclosures available at weekends and during school holidays at £5 per person; places are limited and sold on first come, first served basis. See zoo's website for details.

Disabled visitors admitted at standard prices, but one carer per disabled person admitted free.

Online discounts, group rates and season tickets also available; see zoo's website for details.


Knowsley Safari Park is one of Merseyside's premier leisure attractions and has won several awards for tourism and its animal husbandry. Knowsley Safari Park was opened to the public in July 1971 by the 18th Earl of Derby. Then the idea of a Safari Park where the visitors drive around in their cars whilst the animals roam free was unique, and Knowsley was the first safari park to be built close to a city.

The Safari Drive features many large animal species; some familiar, like African Lions, Tigers, African Elephants, Giraffes, Zebra, and White Rhinos, and some not so familiar, like Sitatunga, Nilgai, Kafue Flats Lechwe and several other species of antelope and deer. The drive takes approximately 1 hour, and you may go through as many times as you like, up to the last entry time. For those worried about the baboons damaging their cars, there is a bypass around the Monkey Jungle; you will still be able to see the baboons, but from the other side of a fence.

In addition to the main Safari Drive, for which you must use your own car, there is also a walkaround area, featuring the smaller animals, such as Meerkats and Otters, with animal feeding times at 1:30 (all year) and 3:30 (summer only). The Sealion shows start at 12:30, with 3 to 5 shows daily. The Bug House is also in this area, displaying a variety of creepy-crawlies, and a selection of reptiles and amphibians. A variety of amusement rides for the children are also available in this area.

Also accessed on foot, the Mizzy Lake Farm is home to a wide range of farm and pet animals, together with a variety of free ranging birds. There is also a bird hide overlooking the lake from which you can see swans and many other waterbirds.

Knowsley Safari Park is committed to conservation and one of their main concerns is the welfare of their animals. They also endeavour to display the animals in near-natural surroundings with large enclosures ensuring natural structures and behaviour.

Official Website

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Car Park



Oasis Restaurant, picnic areas.

For Kids

Baby changing facilities, amusements rides, bouncy castle, Mizzy Lake Farm

Special Needs

Disabled toilets.


No dogs are allowed in the Park but there are kennels available. A padlock may be hired, for a refundable deposit. You may also walk your dog around the amenities area.


Animal Collections

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.

Star Animals

Elephants, baboons, bison, buffalo, bongo, camels, emus, giraffe, lions, meerkats, otters, tigers, white rhino, and many, many more.

Special Attractions

Honey Bee Hut.

Sea lion shows, bug house, feeding times.

Gauntlet Bird of Prey flying displays during weekends and school holidays in spring and summer.

Other Attractions

Lakeside train, information centre, adopt an animal, ranger days,

How To Get There:

By Car

From Liverpool:

Find your way to M57 junction 2 (with A57/A58). Following the brown tourist signs, take the A58 towards St Helens. The entrance to Knowsley Safari Park will then be a short distance on the left.

From M6 north/south:

At junction 21a, turn onto M62 towards Liverpool. Continue to junction 6, then turn right onto M57 towards Kirkby. Leave at junction 2, and follow the brown tourist signs as described above.

Data on this page last updated: Apr 13 2014

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