Plan Your Visit

Day Planner

Looking for a wild, fun family day out? Look no further! Our impressive 5-mile wild animal safari drive is the longest in the UK, and is currently home to over 750 fascinating animals – you won’t find a more thrilling day out in the North West! Our current opening hours are 10:00 – 5:00 pm, with the last safari drive entry at 4.00 pm, so it’s a great place to spend a full day exploring our wonderful wildlife.


9:00 Our Oasis restaurant opens – drop in for a fresh coffee or delicious snack before embarking on our wild safari drive!

10:00 Safari drive opens. Get here early to avoid busy periods, especially during school holidays!

11:00 There’s plenty to do here at Knowsley Safari for a great family day out – our amusement rides open just before noon.


11:30-12:00 Before you stop for lunch, you might want to check out our Sea Lions viewing area. The first display of the day is at 12.00!

12:00-1:00 A fresh menu is prepared daily at our Oasis restaurant. Visit our Food & Drink section for the full, mouth-watering menu.

Remember! Our coffee house serves lovely coffee and amazing homemade cakes to top off a great day out.

12:45 – Catch our beautiful birds of prey in action in the ‘Flight of the Talons’ display (there’s one at 2.30pm too). Keeper talks also run throughout the afternoon and are the perfect add-on to your fun, family day out.


1:30-2:30 – The Wild Trail, home to our gorgeous European Moose, is definitely worth a gander!

3:00 – If you missed the earlier Sea Lion display, don’t worry you can catch all the fun at the 3pm show!

All guests are welcome to go back around the safari drive as many times as they would like!

4:00pm – Last entry to safari drive.

5:00pm – Closing time.

Plan your perfect day

Park information

To help you make the most out of your exciting day out here at Knowsley Safari, we’d recommend printing off one of our downloadable maps, so that you can plan ahead and be sure that you’re not missing out on any of our amazing wildlife activities!

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Our Safari Drive is open from 10.00am. Last entry is the last opportunity to enter the safari drive and depends on the season.

Adventurers take note: this is a drive-through attraction so you will need your own transport to enjoy this section of the safari park or alternatively, call us on the morning of your visit to secure your seat on the Baboon Bus to enjoy the experience car-free.

Safari drive opens 10.00am
Last entry to the Safari Drive 4.00pm
Safari Park Closes 5.00pm


Stay safe when you explore and follow our rules of entry. Our animals behave as close to the wild as possible and can be unpredictable so you should stay inside your car at all times. If you breakdown while on the safari drive it is important that all passengers stay within the car, you should sound your horn and wait for a patrol vehicle to come to your assistance.

Guests are strictly prohibited from feeding the animals – that’s our job! If you are seen feeding the animals from your vehicle you will be asked to leave the safari park.

Dogs are not allowed in any areas of the safari park. This includes both the safari drive and also the pedestrian areas of the park.

We do however provide basic accommodation for your dog should you wish to bring them on your trip. A £5.00 refundable padlock is available at reception on arrival.

Our kennels provide basic accommodation for your pet. Drinking water is available but we do not provide water bowls or blankets. Please feel free to bring with you any items that will make your pet as comfortable as possible.

Since Saturday 28th May 2016 the Safari Drive has been reversed. You can still see all the same amazing animals, you’ll just be driving the other way around! This is designed to reduce congestion around the most popular areas on the drive, and improve the experience for our guests.

Making the most of your visit

Coming to visit? You can take advantage of an incredible overnight stay at the luxurious Suites Hotel with discount code SAFARI. Including special room rates, full or continental breakfast, free wifi and parking as well as access to the Suites leisure club and even 10% off spa treatments!

Standard Double Suite for single £80.00
Standard Double Suites 2 people £90.00
Standard Triple Suite 2 adults 1 child £100.00
Standard Family Suite 2 adults / 2 children  £110.00

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If you’re looking to add a touch of adrenaline to your day out, Aerial Extreme is on site ready to challenge you like never before! With high octane zip wires, balance beams, scramble nets and more, this is the world’s BIGGEST high rope urban adventure course!

Safari guests can save an incredible 30% discount off standard Aerial Extreme admissions on the day of their visit!

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Choose from one of our great experience days to find a really wild gift.

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Our membership is fantastic value for money – it pays for itself within 3 visits!

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