Chester Zoo Wedding Venue Cheshire


Chester Zoo Wedding Venue


Getting married at the Zoo

Chester Zoo is a unique wedding venue, providing an amazing wedding day experience like no other. This is just the place for couples that have a real soft spot for animals. As well as couples wanting a really different wedding venue.
The opening of Chester Zoo was in 1931 by Founders George Mottershead and his family. This is one of the biggest Zoo’s in the UK.

Getting married at The Zoo would make for an unforgettable wedding.
I have put together some FAQ’s for anyone thinking of having a Chester Zoo Wedding.


Book me as your Chester Zoo Wedding Photographer

I am a Chester Wedding photographer, and live only 10 minutes drive from Chester Zoo. For the last 6 years I have been a member of Chester Zoo and visit on a regular basis with my family. Being familiar with the layout of the zoo, I can give advice on nice spots to take photographs. I offer mostly a relaxed style, taking candid photographs of you and your guests. I like to capture the essence of the day with emphasis on the story and peoples character and emotions. If you would like to book me as your wedding photographer at Chester Zoo or at an other venue please click on link to my contact page to check my availability.

Where is Chester Zoo?

You can find the zoo at Upton-by-Chester. This is a 5 minute taxi journey from the centre of Chester City Centre. There are very good train links to Chester, making this easy for your guests to travel to if coming by train. Chester City centre has many lovely hotels for your accommodation. The city is also one of the UK’s top city’s for site seeing.

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Where in Chester Zoo do Weddings take place?

The Oakfield is where Chester Zoo weddings take place. The stunning Grade II listed building has been beautifully restored and is full of character. The Manor is situated right in the centre of the Zoo, just strides away from the animals, and surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. This is the perfect setting to tie the knot.

The ceremony room has big windows that let in lots of natural light and give views on to the rock gardens. The garden room is where you would have wedding breakfast and Evening celebrations.



What has Chester Zoo got to offer?

The Zoo is 128 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. I am a member of Chester Zoo and often come to the zoo just to have a walk around and admire the surroundings. Taking in the smells and sounds. All areas of the Zoo has been landscaped, being full of interesting, beautiful plants and flowers. Some of the worlds most endangered wildlife is at Chester Zoo. With just over 35,000 animals.


Chester Zoo Wedding Venue Grounds

Just opposite The Oakfield building are the Zen Rock Garden. This garden has a red oriental styled bridge. The contrasting red against the luscious green plants really stands out. There is a small trickling stream and pond water feature in front of the bridge. This is a lovely backdrop for having your couple portraits taken. There is also other picturesque, landscaped parts surrounding the Oakfield that you can explore. You will get a chance to walk around the Zoo and have some more relaxed, natural photographs taken. This is just an nice area which is within the immediate area of The Oakfield. Within the area of the Oriental garden lives the Red Panda which is a huge favourite.

Will We be allowed access to the Zoo?

You and your guests will be allowed complimentary access to the Zoo after the wedding ceremony. This is a huge incentive. There is no need to be thinking of ways to entertain your guests during this time. The Zoo is of interest to young and old so everyone will be happy.

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Why choose Chester Zoo as a Wedding Venue?

Here are few reasons why you may choose Chester Zoo as your wedding Venue.

  • If you are crazy about animals.
  • The Zoo provides interest for all ages
  • Your guests can have free access to the zoo in between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast.
  • The Oakfield where your event will take place, is a beautiful building surrounded by a stunning backdrop.
  • The venue is quirky, fun and different.
  • Your wedding photographs will look amazing as Chester Zoo has amazing landscaped gardens and interesting backdrops.
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If you love a themed wedding, your imagination would go crazy with Zoo or Animal ideas. The photo below is one of my favourite Chester Zoo wedding photo’s.


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Wedding Story at Chester Zoo Wedding Venue

Chester Zoo Map and directions