Bristol Zoo Gardens

Guthrie Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 7300

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Over the spring and summer months, Bristol Zoo Gardens is inviting the public to celebrate its 186-year history, ahead of its final opening day on September 3.

A series of special events, activities and attractions will take place from May to September, marking this closing chapter and honouring the long, rich and varied history of this iconic visitor attraction.

From July 21, the zoo will mark its last summer season with the ‘BIG Summer Send Off’, a collection of fun-filled interactive activities and attractions, which will be open for the duration of the school summer holidays.

This programme of events has been designed in partnership with the award-winning and Bristol-based theatrical events company, Bakehouse Factory.

The BIG Summer Send Off will feature a collaborative timeline exhibit on Bristol Zoo Gardens’ historic top terrace. The exhibit will evolve over the summer, as visitors add their own memories, thoughts and wishes to the colourful installation.

The centrepiece of the celebrations will be a huge interactive art installation that will stand tall on the main lawn. With details still to be announced, this specially commissioned sculpture will mark a pivotal moment in time and captivate visitors.

Families will also have the chance to immerse themselves in a fun interactive theatrical experience especially written for Bristol Zoo Gardens’ final summer. The shared experience will take families on an adventure as they explore and learn about animals, and the positive action we can all take to protect the future of the planet.

Tickets for the BIG Summer Send Off are now available to purchase on Bristol Zoo’s website.

For the latest news and updates from Bristol Zoo Gardens visit or follow @bristolzoo on Instagram, @BristolZooGdns on Twitter or @BristolZooGardens on Facebook.

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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 website.


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  • Save 33% off tickets if you travel to the Zoo by sustainable transport

    The offer: If you travel to the Zoo using sustainable transport you will be entitled to a 33% discount off standard, full price admission tickets. You are still required to pre-purchase and pre-book and will be required to show proof of sustainable travel at admissions on arrival to validate your ticket.

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

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Opening Times

Open: 10am - 5.30pm (1 Jan 2022 - 3 Sept 2022)


  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
  • Visit EnglandVisit England's 'Best Told Story' Visit England's 'Best Told Story' 2021

Further Information


  • Gift Shop


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
  • 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
  • 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. Parking charged at £4.50 for duration of stay (£2.50 for Members).

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted



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    Recent Reviews:

    • 270garethw
      Tonyrefail, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      First visit in nearly 30 years
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 27th June 2022
      I've decided to come along here as I heard they were closing for good in September. So for the first time in almost 30 years, I've decided to come here and I got my money's worth. I really enjoyed a... Read full review
    • andbwfc
      Keynsham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      3 of 5 stars
      Friday, 1st July 2022
      Pity it is closing on the whole very good apart from the only place to sit inside and have a cup of tea shut at 3 sponsored a penguin could not see them swimming and only a few left felt a bit... Read full review
    • MollyanneFSQ
      Burton Latimer, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Eat ahead of your visit if you have allergenic dietary needs
      2 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 2nd July 2022
      We visited, and weren’t overly impressed with the zoo apart from the gorilla island enclosure, most of the animals (especially the lions) had ridiculously small enclosures and the whole zoo looked... Read full review

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