Bristol Zoo Gardens

Guthrie Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 7300

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Bristol Zoo Gardens have re-opened, subject to Government restrictions. 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 even knew existed!

Marvel as the 32-stone gorilla Jock strolls overhead, and say ‘hello’ to majestic lions Sahee and Sonika. Watch the 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 infants. Spot the two new additions to the gorilla gang, both born last year, as they cling to mum and learn the ropes. Look out for Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo joey, Kiri, who is becoming more adventurous, and the young golden lion tamarin twins. And a baby sloth!

Plus, say ‘hello’ to Bristol Zoo’s adorable red panda, Shifumi! The 18-month-old female came from Parc Animalier d’Auvergne in France. She’s named after the French version of the rock/paper/scissors game. See her climbing the tree in her exhibit or munching on bamboo!

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 gibbons and gorillas, tackling 17 gravity-defying challenges before flying down the zip wire to the finish. Will ZooRopia make a monkey out of you? 

Award-winning gardens

With over 100,000 beautiful, rare and extraordinary plants from across the world, Bristol Zoo’s botanical gardens are 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. Bristol Zoo was also recognised by VisitEngland with a ‘Best-Told Story’ Award.

Become a member and make a difference!

Make a direct contribution to Bristol Zoo Gardens conservation work. Their 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, or within seven days, and they will refund the cost of your entrance fee (just hold on to your receipt, see website for T&Cs).

Did you know…? 

Bristol Zoo Gardens is run and managed by Bristol Zoological Society, a leading conservation and education charity. It’s more than a fun and award-winning day out! 

Follow Bristol Zoo Gardens on social media and sign up to their enewsletter for animal stories and latest news on how your visit supports 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 Zoo and enjoy the animals safely with the one-way system and social distancing measures.

To ensure the safety of visitors and staff, it is essential that you read and fully understand the 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 the website for updates. 

Essential visitor information

Bristol Zoo Gardens is now open every day, 10am – 5.30pm.

Go to the website before your visit for important updates on how they are keeping visitors, staff and volunteers safe.

Buy your tickets online in advance:

Book Tickets


  • 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 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

Opening Times

Open: 10am - 5.30pm (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
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 2021

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:

  • Bishman01
    Not a very good visit
    2 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 15th April 2021
    Was a nice day out and limited people so the covid regs were being enforced which was good, with a 1 way system etc. But an expensive day out for what was a poor visit to a zoo. Surely social... Read full review
  • ChrisA5533
    1 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 17th April 2021
    Really terrible zoo obviously made much worse due to covit with the large amount of exhibits closed but no discount for the entrance. Appalling valve for money we were there 30 minutes family of 4... Read full review
  • 800cliven
    Very tired and very poor value.
    2 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th April 2021
    I thought the zoo was very tired and poor value for money, the gardens we lovely. The animals generally when you could find them were good. The one way system was good and COVID restrictions were... Read full review

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