Bristol Zoo Gardens

Guthrie Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 7300

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bristol Zoo Gardens is temporarily closed. Please check directly on their website and/or social media channels for the latest updates.

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

New arrivals!

The Zoo is bursting with life, including a host of adorable babies. Look out for Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo joey, Kiri, who is becoming more adventurous. Watch young spider monkey Elli swing about and pay a visit to the golden lion tamarin twins. 

Plus, help Bristol Zoo Garden to welcome their new red panda, Shifumi! The one-year-old female comes 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 as the seasons change.

Become a member and make a difference!

Make a direct contribution to Bristol Zoo Garden’s conservation work. 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 they’ll refund the cost of your entrance fee (just hold on to your receipt, see their website for T&Cs).

Did you know…? 

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

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


During the first national lockdown, Bristol Zoological Society launched a fundraising appeal to support their work ‘saving wildlife together’. Now faced with a third closure, the BZS Appeal is more important than ever. These are difficult times and your priorities remain closer to home. But, if you are able to donate, please do, and let others know of the BZS Appeal.

As a conservation and education charity, Bristol Zoological Society relies on visitor income to fund their work at Wild Place Project and Bristol Zoo Gardens, and also their vital conservation and research projects spanning four continents.

Throughout their closure and beyond, you can support them by donating to the BZS Appeal. Visit to donate.

Essential visitor information

Bristol Zoo Gardens is now open every day, 10am – 5pm.

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

Buy your tickets online in advance:

Book Tickets


  • ZooRopia

Special Offers

  • 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:

4 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2020
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Recent Reviews:

  • MrLiamWillis
    Hastings, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Halfway Stop
    2 of 5 stars
    Monday, 9th November 2020
    So we booked to go to Bristol Zoo on the way back from a pre-lockdown trip to Cornwall as it was about halfway home. I think it’s suffice to say that I probably wouldn’t go back. We’ll start with a... Read full review
  • Anna_Ames9
    Devon, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Closing, so sad
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 17th December 2020
    We used to come here with our Mam and Dad in the summer holidays. A great day out, take a picnic, buy a stock of lurid pink rock in the shop, wish we had saved more pocket money to afford a you... Read full review
  • RosaBristol
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A great day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 22nd December 2020
    A great day out in the city. Entertaining and informative, COVID secure and well organised. Fun for adults and kids Read full review

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