Chester Zoo introduce premium parking for visitors
Chester Zoo has introduced 240 Premium Parking spaces where visitors can pay extra to park closer to the entrance.
This is in addition to the already-existing 6,000 free parking spaces.
Costing £5 per vehicle, the new parking spaces can be booked online in advance (160 spaces available), or purchased on the day (40 spaces available) subject to availability.
Some families have taken to social media to vent their displeasure at the new charges “on top of membership prices”.
However, Chester Zoo have said the optional add-on Premium Parking will raise vital funds for the zoo.
A spokesperson said: “Chester Zoo is a great value day out and is different to most other major attractions in that it doesn’t charge for parking. The optional add-on of Premium Parking (6,000 free parking spaces are still available) will allow the zoo, a conservation and education charity, to raise new funds to inject into its vital mission to prevent the extinction of species all around the world.”
Premium Parking was introduced on 5th August 2019 as an optional add-on for the 1.97 million visitors to the zoo each year.