Chester Zoo crowned best large visitor attraction in England

The zoo was named the large visitor attraction of the year at the awards ceremony

Chester Zoo has won a top prize at a prestigious national tourism awards ceremony. The zoo was crowned Large Visitor Attraction of the Year at the VisitEngland Excellence Awards held in Birmingham on June 8.

It was one of two awards picked up by the Cheshire venue, having also received silver in the Resilience and Innovation category. It was praised for its efforts in overcoming the Covid pandemic ‘while also offering visitors a world class day out at the charity zoo’.

Jamie Christon, CEO at Chester Zoo, said: “As one of the world’s leading charity zoos, we put everything into our conservation work both here in the UK and globally. Our huge team live and breathe wildlife conservation – from our animal and plant care, to our scientific breakthroughs, our policy work in government, through to our education programmes that are helping people from all walks of life to learn about nature.

“We’re fighting to tackle the root causes of wildlife decline, doing whatever it takes to create a brighter future for endangered species around the world. None of this could be possible without people coming to the zoo to enjoy a fantastic, inspiring day out.

“In doing so each and every person is contributing to our incredible species-saving work and so a huge thank you goes out to everyone that has visited and supported us. It means the world to us. This national award firmly confirms Chester Zoo as one of the must-see places to visit in the country.”

Chester Zoo was representing Cheshire at the national awards after automatically being selected, following two successful award wins at the Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards earlier in the year.

Joe Manning, CEO at Marketing Cheshire, said: “Huge congratulations to the Chester Zoo team for a very well deserved win at the awards. The zoo consistently delivers a wonderful experience to the millions of people that flock through its gates, while continuing to build, innovate and improve on their excellence.

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