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Record breaker for Chester Zoo as it tops the tourist league again

Top attraction: the elephant enclosure at the zoo Credit: Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo's been named as the UK's most visited tourist attraction outside London.

It caps off a record breaking year for the zoo, which welcomed 1.9 million visitors - more than any other year in its 85-year history.

"Almost 1.9 million people visited us last year and every one of them played a key part in helping us protect endangered animals around the globe. We can't thank them enough.

"Visitors now are looking for more than just a day out. When people come to the zoo, not only do they have a great time but they are also making a difference and discovering how all of us, as individuals, can act for wildlife. We think this is key to our success."

– Jamie Christon, the zoo's chief operating officer



Chester scoops top award for 'going above and beyond' to welcome disabled people

Congratulations to Chester on award for disabled access Credit: PA

The city of Chester has won a major EU award for its work in welcoming disabled people. The Lord Mayor Councillor Angela Claydon says everyone should feel very 'chuffed' about it.

It's called the European Access City Award and is presented to the city which is making an effort - above and beyond - to be accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities.

In all 43 cities from 21 EU Member States applied for the Award

The six other finalists were:

  • Alessandria (Italy)
  • Funchal (Portugal)
  • Jūrmala (Latvia)
  • Lugo (Spain)
  • Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Skellefteå (Sweden)
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