The Best Hotels to Book Near Knowsley Safari Park

See wildlife like meerkats up close and personal by staying near Knowsley Safari Park
See wildlife like meerkats up close and personal by staying near Knowsley Safari Park | © Martin Berry / Alamy Stock Photo
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For an amazing safari experience here in Blighty, head to Knowsley Safari Park in Prescot, Merseyside, where families and adventurers can see wild animals up close. Pair a trip to the zoo with tons of other attractions in the surrounding area, and book your stay nearby with Culture Trip.

Knowsley Safari Park is one of northwest England’s greatest attractions for animal lovers: 550 acres (223ha) of parkland where animals including cheeky baboons, majestic tigers and mighty elephants roam free. Our choice of hotels near Knowsley Safari Park are all conveniently placed for exploring this attraction as well as others nearby, including the world-famous nightlife and culture of Liverpool and Manchester.

1. Rainhill Hall


Rainhill Hall
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Live the life of a country squire at this beautiful rural hotel, which dates back to 1824 and is surrounded by lush woodland. Rooms have a fairytale feel, with wooden four-posters, powder-blue chaise lounges and recessed fireplaces among the design features, while the spa – with aromatherapy, facials and massage treatments available – is positively dreamy. At the Bretherton Restaurant, healthy offerings include the superfood salad made up of asparagus, kale, spinach and quinoa.

2. Eccleston Arms

Boutique Hotel

The Eccleston Hotel
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A gorgeous 18th-century building is the setting for this luxurious boutique hotel, whose rooms have a much more modern feel than the building’s exterior – think rainfall showers and plush velvet furnishings. The hotel is widely acclaimed for its Bar & Grill downstairs, where deliciousness awaits throughout the day – from hearty full English breakfasts to rich dinner dishes like the superb seafood curry.

4. The Mountford Hotel


The Mountford Hotel
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A traditional red brick facade sets the tone for this classic hotel in the residential suburb of Toxteth. Rooms have a cosy, retro feel, and the rest of the hotel offers plenty of places to relax – there’s not just one but two bars, which have a similar vintage feel to the rooms with their checkerboard tiles and huge dark wood drinks cabinets. There is also a pool table and an outdoor drinking area.

5. Holiday Inn Liverpool Centre

Hotel, Chain Hotel

Holiday Inn Liverpool Centre
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The Holiday Inn brand has been ensuring a reliably comfortable stay for decades, and this property in central Liverpool is no different. Rooms are contemporary and stylish, with blackout blinds and a pillow menu among the amenities which will ensure you have a good night’s sleep. For even more comfort and exclusivity, go for the Presidential Suite, decked out with oak floors and furniture and boasting a lounge, two TVs and a kitchenette.

6. Holiday Inn Express Liverpool-Knowsley

Hotel, Chain Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Liverpool-Knowsley
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For a stay that combines Holiday Inn’s familiar comfort with a convenient location for getting to know the animals of Knowsley Safari Park, stay just a few minutes’ drive away at the Liverpool-Knowsley location. Rooms have a minimalist, contemporary feel, with your choice of pillows to make sure you have a restful night. A wide-reaching continental breakfast buffet is the best way to kick off the day’s adventures, while there’s also complimentary coffee on offer in the lobby throughout the day.

7. Hillcrest Hotel


Hillcrest Hotel
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Boasting traditional features like wood-carved four-poster beds and Juliet balconies overlooking the fields or a pleasant courtyard, Hillcrest Hotel is a homely and laid-back, yet classy, place to lay your head. Nelson’s Bar downstairs has the local feel and lovely wooden beams of a classic country pub, while the Cu Restaurant serves a lavish English breakfast each morning. Walkers will love the Pex Hill Quarry Nature Trail, just a short way from the hotel.

8. Mercure St Helens


Mercure St Helens
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A modern construction of red brick and glass, Mercure St Helens is a cool, contemporary hotel – a vibe which extends to the guest rooms, adorned with vibrant modern artworks. The hotel is perfectly placed for exploring St Helens’ legendary sporting venues, like the Totally Wicked Stadium, home of St Helens RFC – but if you can’t get to a game, the big screens of the hotel’s 1552 Bar are perfect for kicking back with a beer and taking in the occasion.

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