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Bristol Zoo Gardens

Guthrie Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 7300

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Discover over 400 species of exotic and endangered animals from across the globe at Bristol Zoo Gardens, all set within award-winning gardens spanning over 12 acres.
Journey into an amazing animal kingdom and meet famous faces as well as some unusual creatures you never knew existed!

Marvel as our 32-stone gorilla Jock strolls overhead, and say hello to our majestic lions Sahee and Sonika. Watch the African penguins zoom through the water at Seal and Penguin Coast, and see our cheeky meerkats and lemurs scamper around. 

BRICKLIVE Ocean at Bristol Zoo Gardens!*

Dive into a world of ocean animals with our BRICKLIVE sculpture trail, NEW for summer 2020. 

Spot over 50 sculptures made with over half a million bricks. Marvel at our impressive orcas – a mother and her baby – which took 20 people 550 hours to build, using 223,259 bricks! Discover fascinating species from across the world’s oceans and try to guess how many bricks are in each model. From the winding tentacles of the giant octopus to the adorable baby turtles, there’s plenty to spot on your seafaring adventure around the Zoo!

New arrivals!

The Zoo is bursting with life, including a host of adorable new babies this summer. Look out for our Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo joey, Kiri, who likes to pop his head out of mum’s pouch and is becoming increasingly adventurous. Watch young spider monkey Elli swing about and pay a visit to our recently-hatched keas. 

Plus, help us to welcome our new red panda, Shifumi! The one-year-old female, comes to us from Parc Animalier d’Auvergne in France. She’s named after chifoumi, the French version of rock/paper/scissors. See if you can spot her climbing the tree in her exhibit or munching on bamboo panda-cakes!

Adventure for all the family

Big and little adventurers alike can climb, clamber and swing through the air in our thrilling aerial ropes course, ZooRopia. Travel through the treetops alongside the gibbons and gorillas, tackling 17 gravity-defying challenges before flying down the zip wire to finish. Will ZooRopia make a monkey out of you? (Check website for opening, restrictions and charges.)

Award-winning gardens

With over 100,000 beautiful, rare and extraordinary plants from across the world, our botanical gardens are well worth a visit in their own right. Stroll along pathways winding through vibrant displays, with lots to enjoy all year round, or relax with a picnic on one of our lawns.

Become a member and make a difference!

Make a direct contribution to our conservation work. Our memberships are jam-packed with amazing features including FREE entry all year round, 10% discount on food, drink and shop purchases and much more! Want to try before you buy? Upgrade to membership on the day you visit us, or within seven days, and we’ll refund the cost of your entrance fee (just hold on to your receipt, see our website for T&Cs).

Did you know…? 

We’re run and managed by Bristol Zoological Society, a leading conservation and education charity. We’re not just a fun and award-winning day out! 

We’re so grateful to everyone who has supported our BZS Appeal during the closure. We still need your support – so start planning your trip to Bristol Zoo Gardens and help in our mission of saving wildlife together! 

Follow us on social media and sign up to our e-newsletter for animal stories and latest news on how your visits are supporting our conservation work in the UK and overseas.


Together we can ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens. Visitors can now explore the park and enjoy the animals safely with our new one-way system and social distancing measures.

To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, it is essential that you read and fully understand our site rules before visiting.

Some areas remain closed because it is difficult to maintain social distancing at present in those locations, or because they include multiple high-frequency touch points. Please check our website for updates. 

Essential visitor information

We are now open every day, 10am – 5.30pm.

Booking a timed entry slot online in advance is essential. Tickets will not be sold on the gate.

Go to the website before leaving home, as there are important updates on how we are keeping our visitors, staff and volunteers safe.

Buy your tickets online in advance:

* Copyright © Brick Live Group Limited. All rights reserved. Brick Live Group Limited is an independent producer of BRICKLIVE and is not associated with The LEGO Group. LEGO® is a trademark of LEGO Juris A/S. 


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Special Offers

  • Great Western Railway 2-for-1 entry

    The offer: Travel by train with GWR and receive 2 for 1 admission at Bristol Zoo Gardens. –.

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book visit the Bristol Zoo Gardens website.

    Offer link: Things to do

  • 33% off entry if you arrive by bus

    The offer: As part of Bristol Zoo’s vision ‘a sustainable future for wildlife and people’, they would like to reward their guests for arriving at Bristol Zoo via a sustainable transport option. Simply show your completed voucher (download from the link below) and proof of travel in order to take advantage of this amazing offer! Your bus ticket needs to be valid for the same day as your visit to Bristol Zoo in order for the discount to apply.

    Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online. (They will refund 33% of your online ticket price with proof of sustainable travel, gate tickets will be automatically discounted).

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book visit the Bristol Zoo website.

    Offer link: Things to do

  • 33% off entry for those cycling to Bristol Zoo

    The offer: Enjoy 33% off entry to Bristol Zoo Gardens if you can provide proof of cycling i.e a helmet.

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book contact Bristol Zoo Gardens on 0117 974 7306 mentioning that you saw the offer on or alternatively visit the Bristol Zoo Gardens website.

    Offer link: Things to do

  • Carer goes free

    The offer: Disabled adults or children can bring one carer with them free of charge when they pay full adult/child price.

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book visit the Bristol Zoo Gardens website.

    Offer link: Offers for carers

The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit


  • VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS


  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2009
  • Visit EnglandCode of Practice Code of Practice 2012
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

Further Information


  • Gift Shop


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Childrens Play Area
  • No Dogs


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for groups - Please contact the Zoo for details
  • Coach drop-off point
  • Conference facilities
  • On-site coach parking
  • On-site parking or valet parking
  • Shop

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route - 8 / 9 bus and City Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tour
  • Parking (charge) - The zoo has a car park with parking chaged at £3

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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  • Travelers Choice 2020
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Recent Reviews:

  • HGCuk
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    The whole team work so hard
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 15th October 2020
    Everyone is trying their best and it really shows here. The animals are beautiful and well cared for and the grounds are stunning. This is a real credit to Bristol. Read full review
  • fe_wclarke
    Trip Type:
    Brilliant day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 16th October 2020
    Came here with my husband, 2 kids and Granny. The park was lovely and there was a great variety of animals. It was one of the nicer zoos I have been to and all the animals seemed happy and there was... Read full review
  • KirstyT140820
    Lawhitton, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 19th October 2020
    A lovely little zoo...needs a map so you can find your way around abit easier but it was a fun day out. Read full review

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