Knowsley Safari Park reviewed by MumKnowsBest
What is it...
Knowsley Safari Park was opened to the public in July 1971 by the 18th Earl of Derby. Then, the `safari park' concept of having visitors in cages (cars) and the animals roaming free based on the drive-through game reserves of East Africa was unique. In 1994, Edward Stanley, the 19th Earl, succeeded to the title. The estate being only 8 miles (13 km) from Liverpool city centre, Knowsley was the first safari park to be built close to a large city. In spite of some understandable apprehension about the possible problems associated with large numbers of animals (including lions) roaming about close to the city, the then County and District councils approved the proposals.
Why MumKnowsBest Loves it...
This is a fantastic day out for adults and children alike. You drive through the park passing through different sections bringing you face to face with some of Africa's most magnificent animals including lions, elephants, tigers and zebras. The best fun is the monkey enclosue and the baboons delight in taking a ride on visitors' cars and do their best to gnore at the windscreen wipers much to the amusement of children - if not their parents! Driving round the park takes around an hour and a half (allowing time to stop and stare) and when you've finished there is a cafe, a small farm that appeals especially to young children with an array of animals including llamas, highland cattle, goats and rabbits. There are also amusement rides and a sea-lion show. You can't possibly do it all in one day so a great place to go back to.
Open all year round apart from Christmas Day
Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children/O.A.P.s) ¬£37.00
For more information visit www.knowsley.com
To find out what other Mums think why not visit our Coffee Club