Fun Kids Day out to Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot *

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.

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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.

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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.

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Here’s another photo of The Owl at the Show. Visit Yeah Lifestyle’s facebook page for more animal photos which we photographed.

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Sea Lion

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.

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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.

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Here’s a photo of how it would have actually looked like if we did see the Tiger up close

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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.

Safari Route

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.

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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

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Where is Knowsley Safari Park?

Prescot, Knowsley

Merseyside
L34 4AN

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
60+ £13.50  £12.15
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.

 

38 Comments

  1. June 22, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    It looks like you had a lot of fun! Those lions are so beautiful. What a shame that you didn’t get to see the Amur tigers – I love big cats! I’m sure that my kids would love to visit Knowsley Safari Park but it’s rather a long way from Nottingham!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 22, 2018 / 1:54 pm

      Thanks Emily, yes we all had such a fun time looking at all the different animals which were featured there

  2. June 22, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    Wow what an amazing looking place this seems to be for a day out! There is something wonderful about a safari park, getting to see those amazing animals up close.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 23, 2018 / 1:30 pm

      Yes definitely Sarah, our kids loved it

  3. Hannah Wood
    June 22, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Seen so much on this place and still not been yet with have to set a date to go.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 23, 2018 / 1:28 pm

      Hope you do Hannah, its a fab place to head to

  4. June 23, 2018 / 8:03 am

    Oh wow, what an amazing place to visit! My kids would love to go there – that tiger photo though, gah! Scary!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 23, 2018 / 1:27 pm

      Yes totally, feels like you are there as its just a glass

  5. June 23, 2018 / 10:00 am

    The baboon bus sounds like a great idea as when we went to a safari we missed out as we didn’t want them to damage the car x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 23, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      Yes the bus is a great idea Rhian or you could take the safe route which is also great as you can see the baboons from the other side of the fence

  6. June 23, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    The whole thing looks great , but the thing that stands out to me is the birds of prey. I absolutely love them so this would be amazing for me.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 23, 2018 / 2:28 pm

      Yes the birds were just amazing and we were impressed with the birds of prey show

  7. Luna S
    June 23, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    This looks like an amazing place to visit, I love parks that are like this.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 23, 2018 / 9:25 pm

      Yes it was truly amazing Luna

  8. June 24, 2018 / 10:37 am

    Looks like you had a great day out I haven’t been to a safari park in years x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 12:28 pm

      You must try this Samantha, its was totally worth it

  9. June 24, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    Oh my goodness! This looks like so much fun. I know my kiddos would love it <3

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 7:11 am

      We are sure they would Rachel

  10. June 24, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    This pictures of the birds of prey were my favorite. Overall the prices seem very reasonable for the experience. I this is is a perfect family attraction.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 7:10 am

      Yes it certainly is Elle, especiall for a full fun and educational day out

  11. June 24, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    What a great looking animal park, it’s not one I’ve come across before and the kids would love it. Love the birds of prey they have there.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 7:08 am

      Yes we loved the birds of prey show too Nichola, something the kids really enjoyed

  12. Elizabeth O
    June 25, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    It looks like you had such a great time visiting the safari park. The pictures you took are really adorable and the lions are so beautiful!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:15 pm

      Thank you so much Elizabeth, we enjoyed ourselves there

  13. June 25, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    I LOVE family days out and always seeking the next new place to visit. I’ve heard of this safari park but never been and it looks great! But i’d have to agree with you that we would definitely be taking the no monkey route!! Yikes!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:15 pm

      Hahaha yes that sounds like a plan indeed

  14. June 26, 2018 / 10:58 am

    It looks like a great day and the prices are fair. I love your pictures of the birds of prey. We’d definitely visit if we were in the area. Mich x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 26, 2018 / 11:09 am

      Thanks Michelle, appreciate it. Hope you do try and visit the place

  15. June 26, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Looks like a fabulous day out! That shot of the tiger gives me chills!

    Oliver x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 26, 2018 / 1:54 pm

      Haha, thanks Oliver…yes especially when the tiger is looking straight at you

  16. June 26, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Looks like a fun day out for the family! The kids surely had fun 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 26, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Yes they did Sharon, they loved it

  17. June 26, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    Looks like a fun day out! I love everything that involves getting closer to the animals so the safari ride, the baboon bus and the tiger encounter were my favourite bits 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 6:33 am

      Thanks Michelle, we loved everything about the park too especially the animals

  18. June 27, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    I love visiting Safari parks, Knowsley is a bit far for us, but maybe we will get there one day

  19. Blair villanueva
    June 28, 2018 / 6:43 am

    OMG I feel jealous to your kids! I always enjoy visiting animal parks.
    Glad they had a fabulous time!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      June 28, 2018 / 7:17 am

      Yes they totally loved it Blair, in face we adults enjoyed it as much too

  20. Jan F
    June 29, 2018 / 6:29 am

    You made me want to go there. Sounds like a lot of fun!

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