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Bristol Zoo Gardens

Guthrie Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 7300

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Bristol Zoo Gardens

About

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!

Get closer than ever before

Meet your favourite creatures face to face with spectacular immersive experiences. Marvel at a 32-stone gorilla strolling overhead in our glass-floored gorilla house, the only one of its kind in Europe. Crawl through a tunnel to pop up among our cheeky meerkat mob. Journey underwater to watch seals and penguins zoom around you. Enter the leafy home of the lemurs in our walk-through (peak season only), or meet our flock of colourful lorikeets.

Santa's Grotto (30th November – 23rd December)

Be transported into a glittering winter wonderland and spend some quality one-to-one time with Santa! You will be guided by our elves through the magical grotto, marvel at the twinkling lights and enjoy festive games and activities.

Additional charge applies; pre-booking online recommended

Incredible animal houses for all-weather fun

With nine animal houses and lots of undercover viewing areas, Bristol Zoo Gardens is a wonderful family day out come rain or shine. Go nocturnal in Twilight World, or meet the Zoo’s slithery, scaled inhabitants in our Reptile House! Other highlights include Monkey Jungle, the Aquarium, Bug World, the Forest of Birds and a dazzling Butterfly House.

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.)

Kids also love Splash, a water play area with winding streams, dams and the chance to get toes wet. Run wild in our adventure playground, or head to the Activity Centre for face-painting* and crafts galore from 11am to 4.30pm every day.

Daily Talks and Encounters

Want to know more? Keen animal lovers can meet the keepers and gain a fascinating insight into the Zoo’s inhabitants with daily talks and feeds. You can also get up close to a variety of reptiles and creepy-crawlies in our daily encounters – are you brave enough to hold a hissing cockroach or giant African land snail?

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.

Membership

For unlimited fun all year round, buy annual membership and visit as many times as you like! 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).

Animal and Keeper Experiences

Ever wanted to have a go at being Keeper for a Day? Or fancied feeding penguins? We offer a range of thrilling behind-the-scenes experiences perfect for animal lovers, including spine-tingling encounters with some of your favourite species. Book early at https://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/visitor-information/animal-experiences.

Did you know we’re a charity?

Come along to discover how we’re saving wildlife together. Every visit supports our vital conservation work – thank you!

Essential visitor information

Book online a day or more in advance and save up to 10% at www.bristolzoo.org.uk.

Open daily from 9am to 5.30pm in peak season, closing at 5.00pm off-peak.

Closed Christmas Day.

Last entrance to animal houses is half an hour before closing.

Last entrance to the Zoo is an hour before closing.

 

*Additional charges apply

 

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  • ZooRopia

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 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 visitbristol.co.uk or alternatively 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

  • 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

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Open 9am - 5pm, every day except Christmas Day
Last entry is 4pm. Animal houses close half an hour before closing time
Open daily from 9am to 5.30pm in peak season, closing at 5.00pm off-peak.

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS
VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS

Awards

  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2009
  • Visit EnglandCode of Practice Code of Practice 2012

Further Information

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • 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

Catering

  • 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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    1616
  • Very Good
    1240
  • Average
    535
  • Poor
    240
  • Terrible
    128

Recent Reviews:

  • deb0x
    Teignmouth, United Kingdom
    very hot day but found shade
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 1st December 2019
    as all reviews a brilliant place to visit lots of space in between exhibits so you don't feel squashed in Cafe quite pricey but normal for these places as a captive audience, free water stations... Read full review
  • Sian P
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Worth a visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 2nd December 2019
    Visited the zoo today. We loved seeing the lions, red panda, seals and flamingos. Very good value for money. Great day out :) Read full review
  • epeas
    Durham, United Kingdom
    family visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 4th December 2019
    Brilliant day at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Easy to get to from Bristol Centre by bus. Good selection of informative talks with opportunities to interact with some animals. Great day out for all ages. Read full review

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