Days out – Wildlife attractions

Below is a list of some attractions near Knutsford for any wildlife lovers in the family! For more days out ideas click here.

The times given are approximate times to drive from Knutsford without traffic…please check journey times yourself before you travel!! Please also check opening times as some attractions are closed on some days or for part of the year.


Gauntlet Birds of Prey – 0 mins – birds of prey centre with owls, eagles,  falcons, vultures and hawks to visit as well as flying displays, meet and greet sessions with the birds, meerkats, children’s play fort, goat feeding and cafe.

Knowsley Safari Park – 30 mins – safari drive, sea lion show, birds of prey display, keeper talks and more. Take a ride on the baboon bus if you don’t fancy taking your car through the baboon enclosure!

Sea Life Manchester (Trafford Centre) – 30 mins – fish, turtles, sharks, giant crab, sting rays and more! Ocean tunnel to walk through. Talks and feedings throughout the day.

Blue Planet Aquarium – 30 mins – various exhibits of fish and other marine life such as frogs and crocodiles. Also visit the underwater shark tunnel, pelican cove and pirate play area. Talks and feedings throughout day.

Chester Zoo – 35 mins – wonderful zoo with over 500 animal species! There is also a play area, boat trip, monorail and animal talks.

Reaseheath Mini Zoo – 35 mins – zoo/farm in grounds of Reaseheath college with animals such as monkeys, tapirs, meerkats, horses, rabbits and reptiles.

Monkey Forest – 50 mins – walk through the forest with 140 free roaming monkeys! There are also feeding talks, 2 play areas, a cafe and picnic area.