Welcome to Reaseheath’s Mini Zoo. Situated in the grounds of the Main Campus at Reaseheath College, we benefit from scenic views of the lovely Cheshire countryside.

Animal Management as a subject has been delivered here since 1995, but it wasn’t until 2000 that the department turned into a Zoological Collection.

We were the first College in the County to receive a Zoo Licence, meaning we could hold specific species, then many years later we were able to open our doors during the holidays so that everyone can benefit from the collection that our students are lucky enough to work with every day. The Zoo is a member of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) who are a professional body that represent the UK’s best zoos and aquariums providing a high standard of welfare, education and conservation of animals.

Although we don’t hold many of the species typically found in zoos like giraffes or lions; for these would be too big and dangerous for our students work with – the animals we do house can be viewed closely. As our collection is small our visitors tell us they receive a more personal experience from their visit.

Our students are so busy with their studies working with the animals; that the Zoo opens to the public only during school holidays and at weekends. Make sure you check our holiday dates listed below- to ensure they match with your local authority/school holidays.

We have launched some exciting new programmes which will bring visitors closer to our animals: Keeper for the Day packages and Animal Encounters and now available, we do birthday parties too!

There’s something for everyone at Reaseheath Zoo, we hope you enjoy your visit!

Opening Dates and Events

We are now open every weekend throughout the year. As well as the weekends, we also open for some special events and some college holidays, please see all dates below:


  • 25th May – 1st June – May Half Term
  • 20th July – 1st September – Summer Holiday

Opening times: 10am – 4pm.

**Please check our holiday opening dates – as they may differ to your Local Authority or School**

Getting to Reaseheath Zoo

Please enter the college via the main entrance, off the B5074 Main Road and follow the signs for Reaseheath Zoo.

Click here for more information on how to find Reaseheath.


Adults – £6

Children (4-16 years) and Concessions (students, pensioners, registered carers) – £5

Family (2 adults and 2 children) – £20

Family (1 adult and 2 children) – £14

Children under 3 – free


Find out about the College and Outdoor Education Programme

Events at the Zoo

What's going on at the Zoo. Hold a wild birthday party with us!

Meet our animals

Get a little closer to our animals. Adoption and membership

Plan your visit

How to find us, prices, get in touch

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