We were recently invited to Knowsley Safari Park located in Prescot and not too far off from Liverpool to review their park and check out their newest addition, which is the Amur Tiger. The park has been welcoming visitors for over 40 years and is now home to over 700 animals such as Lions, Sea Lions, Rhinoceros, Camel, Eland, Giraffe, Bison, Zebras, Meerkats, various Birds of of Prey, Tapir, Baboons and lots more other animals. Our kids were very excited to head to the Park as its our first time there and they love animals. Armed with our cameras we headed out for an exciting day. Do check out our HD video which sums up our Fun Kids Day Out to Knowsley Safari Park in just over 4 minutes. Totally worth watching it if you are heading there as you know what to expect on the day.
This lovely park has a five mile safari drive, foot safari which includes an amusement park, bat forest, sea lion displays, wild trail, Amur Tiger Sanctuary, Birds of Prey as well as the Safari Drive. The park also hold various events and educational talks on a wide variety of animals as well as demonstrations. We would totally recommend downloading their app on your phone to see what’s the next show so you don’t miss out on anything. As you can see in the photo below, you can purchase your tickets from the counters below and the staff are very informative and will provide you with all the maps that you need to help you navigate around the park.
We parked up and decided to do the Foot Trail first, we were lucky to have great weather and kids had to stop off at the outdoor play area first. There is also a climbing area for bigger kids as well as a sand pit. For those wanting to try most of the rides at the amusement park, would recommend you getting the wristband which costs £10 and gives you unlimited access to the rides. Alternatively if you are strapped for time and just would like to try one ride, it would cost you £2.
Birds of Prey
We had the chance to watch the birds of prey show which was fabulous as we got to see a lot of the birds up close, there were benches for us to sit on while the birds moved around us and they were just simply amazing! Kids are learning a lot about the birds of prey as we did catch a similar show when we visited Warwick Castle.
Here’s another photo of The Owl at the Show. Visit Yeah Lifestyle’s facebook page for more animal photos which we photographed.
We loved the lovely display of the California Sea Lions, Arthur and Roger who entertained us and amused the kids with their tricks and antics. There was a lot of explanation and educational information from the trainer who explained some interesting facts about the sea lions and shared the major difference between them and Seals. The show times at 12noon, 1.30pm and 3pm hence to head to the show at least 10 to 15 minutes earlier for a good seat. We also met up with Biffo, the oldest sea lion at the outdoor Sea Lion Pool and watched him swim about in the water. Watch him swim in our video above.
Amur Tiger Trail
Knowsley has recently introduced a new addition to their park which is the Amur Tiger Trail. The trail was really fun to do and our kid’s enjoyed learning little facts about the tiger as they did the trail, we also enjoyed walking on the wobbley bridge and the viewing spot was really well done, it almost felt like you were in the Tiger’s habitat but only separated by a thin glass. Unfortunate for us we did not see the Tigers when we were there.
Here’s a photo of how it would have actually looked like if we did see the Tiger up close
Why take the Baboon Bus ?
We took the Baboon Bus which seats about 16 people and we would totally recommend everyone to do the same. There are pros and cons of taking the bus, the pros include a knowledgeble bus drivers who is so informative and will give you a talking tour of the safari park for an hour with clear facts about each animal which you may not be able to do it yourself unless you get a copy of the Safari Guidebooks (which cost £3.50). Sitting on the baboon bus also means that you can easily drive through the baboon enclosuse without worrying about your car. We would recommend you to pre-book your seat on the Baboon Bus as seats are limited.
To book and reserve your seat on the Baboon Bus please call the park on the morning you are due to visit (lines open 8am). Unfortunately bookings cannot be taken prior to the day of your visit. Places are limited with tickets sold on a first come first served basis.
The bus tour was great, but we wanted to spend more time looking at certain animals and being keen photographers we wanted certain shots, hence we decided to do drive through the Safari Route as well. There is a car friendly route if you are worried about the baboons / monkeys climbing your car. The other animals are relatively at a distance. At certain danger points, you are given sufficient warning in signs to keep your window closed and to stay in the car at all times. We did the baboon bus tour after lunch and found that the animals were more active compared to when we did the Safari Drive around 4pm, where the animals more relaxed. But this gave us the chance to stop at some spots longer and take photos if we wanted to.
Points to note
- Download the Knowsley Safari App, which will let you know what is the next show
- Feel free to bring along a picnic if you want, the hot food at the Restaurant was equally great, and there are ice-cream stalls as well
- Dogs are no longer allowed in any areas of the Safari Park.
- Stop off at the Gift Shop if you would like to buy a gift sourvenir back home, there is also a small gift stall close along the Tiger Trail if you would like to purchase a tiger themed gift for your little one
- Toilets are clearly sign posted everywhere in the park. Would recommend to get the kids to relive themselves before the baboon bus tour as that takes an hour.
- Get yourself a wristband at the information centre is you would like unlimited access to the rides at the Amusement Park, he wristband costs £10 (alternatively you can pay £2 per ride)
- Do not feed or touch the animals during the Safari Route
- You can go around the Safari Drive as many times as you would like to.
- Notice are placed in certain areas where you are expected to keep your car windows close
- The monkeys roam freely and we personally saw it ripping a piece from a 4WD, hence do take the ‘car friendly route’ to avoid entering the baboon enclosure ; you can still see the monkeys but from the outside, or take the baboon bus tour as an alternative.
- Soft-top cars are not allowed through the lion or monkey section, however are suitable for the car-friendly route.
- Please read and comply with all signs, especially to keep windows and doors locked and closed when in the Baboon enclosure and Lion Reserves.
- If you break down or need assistance, please stay in the car, sound the horn and wait for a patrol vehicle to come.
Here’s a map of Knowsley Safari Park
Where is Knowsley Safari Park?
Tel: 0151 430 9009
What time does Knowsley Park Open?
The Safari Drive Opens at 10am while the last entry to the Drive is at 4pm while the Safari Park closes at 5pm.
How much does it cost to visit the Knowsley Safari Park ?
Prices as follows, do book online to get yourself a 10% discount off their standard gate prices.
|Gate price||Online price|
|Adults (age 16 and over)||£17.50||£15.75|
|Children (3 and over)||£13.50||£12.15|
|Children (under 3)||FREE||FREE|
|Family (2 Ad + 2 Ch)||£59.00||£53.10|
|Family (2 Ad + 3 Ch)||£72.50||£65.25|
Baboon Bus tickets have to be purchased separately and cost £5.50 per person, children under 3, if held on an adults lap, can go free. Feel free to book your seat on the cus from 8am on day of your visit.
Amusement Rides tickets have to be purhcased separately and are not included in admission prices. Tickets for the rides can be bought at the information centre on the day of your visit for £2.00 per ride or £10.00 for a wristband which gives unlimited access to the rides for the day.
Military Members – Free admission to serving members of the military on production of a photo ID card.
Carers – Free admission on a one-to-one basis only for carers
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* We were invited to Knowsley Safari Park for free in return for a feature. All opinions are our own.