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Bristol Zoo is a zoo in the city of Bristol in South West England. The zoo's stated mission is to "[maintain and defend] biodiversity through breeding endangered species, conserving threatened species and habitats and promoting a wider understanding of the natural world".
|Monday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
Great place to visit with kids, loved the day out. When we went it was not too busy, had ample things to do to keep our young children occupied for our half day visit. Can be taken at your own pace and even double back to revisit parts that the kids enjoyed most. Eating facilities are good but a bit pricey but that's usual for an attraction like this. ***If you found this review helpful please click 'Like' below to help me offer more and better reviews in the future. ***
I was at the zoo for an exhibition and luckily got a chance to walk around the gardens and zoo. The zoo is smallish but well worth the visit if you’re in the area. A couple of my favourite sections were the seals where you could observe them from below. The other was the tropical area with the reptiles and exotic plants. There is paid parking on site.
Compact Zoo. Easy to get around. Save money by booking online before you go. Parking is extra (£3) Excellent talks throughout the day on a variety of the animals from very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Only downside was the state of the ladies toilets at 3.25 on the day of my visit. The cleaning rota said they had been checked at 3pm. I would question the level of cleaning. Not to any standard I would recommend
Really relaxed and welcoming, spacious and green. The animals did not appear distressed from confinement... lots of space for kids... sand and playground. Lots of learning opportunities... knowledgeable guide and attending staff. positive experience overall. Still, not sure a lion prefers to live a long life in half a square mile of land rather than a potentially short one in an infinite space...
Loved this. My wife and i Spent 6 hours here with my 4 year old son and 4 month old daughter. Was lovely. The gardens are amazing and the layout is great. Good food at the restaurant and plenty for the kids to do. Have a lovely sit down whilst the kids play in the great play area with sand pit. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
I loved Bristol zoo, brilliant for all ages. I went on the bus (which drops you off outside the zoo) and i visited at the beginning of March and the weather was lovely They had lots of different animals to see and the layout was perfect. The bat cave was amazing and my favourite animal had to be the seals! They were fantastic and you could walk underneath and view them swimming around. Other animals include flamingos, penguins, insects, wild cats and beautiful birds. Plenty of cafe's to stop off at along the way and the gift shop at the end was superb! A must see!
A lovely day out for a family birthday. Lovely grounds and well thought out play areas. Good to see the retro building looked after. Plenty of places for a picnic. Only negatives were, it was a particularly hot day and no water taps to fill bottles. The young man on the ice-cream stall decided to close after he served the people in front of me, there was no one behind me either, so one disappointed 5 year old.
It wasn't the perfect weather when we went but it was easy parking and friendly staff right from the start. Loved the art they had scattered around the zoo grounds and all the facts. All the animals seem well cared for and where easy to see. When we came to the fish section we came just on time for feeding and a staff member explaining about the various fish. My 3 year old and 2 year old loved it! When we went to the restaurant area it was very crowed and where a little high for our liking (hence why we didn't buy much food). The entrance to the restaurant did keep the kids entertained while we waited though. We would definitely go again!
Lovely day out, went on a weekday so wasn't very busy. Really nice surroundings to sit down and have a bite to eat. Lots to see and do, would be good if the nocturnal rooms had some sort of UV lighting very hard to see where you're going and to convince a 3 year old that it's not scary.
Excellent zoo that caters to endangered animals and has a wide selection of animals and educational exhibitions. They also have two squashed penny machines and a gift shop on site for souvenirs. Food at the restaurant was reasonably priced for a place like this. Recommend for families. 30% discount if you use public transport or cycle. Very friendly staff.
The zoo is of a decent size. Plenty to see as you walk around. Can be visited all year round but suggest is better to visit during warmer months as not much cover when is raining and even with brolly not easy to move around due to other people with them or low lying branches on trees. Zoo is easily accessible by bus from the park and ride I used the 501 service from long Ashton. Also bought the day rider ticket so could go into Bristol afterwards at cost of £4.50 allowing multiple uses.
Lovely zoo and a great addition to the magnificent central park. it's a beautiful zoo and well laid out. I like how the sea lion pool is right in the middle and then the rest around. Enjoyed the reptile house with free flying parrots. Being from india the bears was a highlight for me as you don't see them every day. Tip: if it snows when you're out there, go to the zoo! We had it completely to ourselves and didn't stop us seeing anything. An awesome place to do a date or a family day. The admission is not expensive at all, but then the zoo isn't all that big. It will keep you busy or kill a few hours. The exhibits were all clean, the animal selection was also great for the size of the zoo. Over it's a good place to visit if you haven't done so already.
Beautiful zoo, amazing experience, loved every second there, so many amazing animals, and they are all active, so you're not just seeing a sleeping animal like in most zoo's. Even saw the lions roar!! Love the walk through experience that allows you to get up close and personal with the animals, at no extra cost. Would love to pay to have one of the experiences next time!
Lovely day out with two young children. Some areas are under redevelopment an are without animals. However the animals present more than make up for any absence. The staff are very friendly professional and informative. Take a picnic if possible as they provide covered seating areas that are private and relaxing. Other activities are available in the gardens that add to the day out but at additional cost. Overall good value for money today 2 adults 2 children £48. Parking only £3.00 for all day which in our case lasted over 5 hrs.
Had a wonderful day. All the staff were helpful and knowledgeable,they answered all our questions and seemed to genuinely care. The atmosphere was lovely and the animals look well cared for. Excellent value for money. We will definitely return.😊
Bristol Zoo is an excellent day out for adults and children alike. There are plenty of attractions and activities to keep children entertained, but (particularly on a term time weekday) it's also a nice afternoon out for grown-ups. The grounds are very well laid-out such that even when it's busy, it doesn't feel too crowded. Staff are very helpful, knowledgeable and seem passionate about their work.
Having gone 'out of season' a number of the small exhibits were missing or opening hours differed from the overall zoo which accounts for loosing one star. I hadn't visited for well over a decade and parts of the zoo reminded me why however other areas have been really well developed to show off generally smaller species that suit the available space better. Some visitors may miss the headline big animals but when you see the lion walking around and around the same small loop you have to understand why it's not appropriate to keep them anymore. Overall a fascinating visit with plenty of interest for everyone.
Love this zoo and have been many times now as it's a great place for a family day out. I would suggest getting there early as it can be hard to find somewhere to park and once the Zoos very small car park is full, it's then down to finding street parking. Make sure you have some change as the street parking is about £1.00 per hour and a maximum of a 5 hours stay. My only other recommendation would be to take a picnic unless you don't mind queuing to get into the restaurant.
We go here ALL the time: parents out there GET MEMBERSHIP! Entry once is expensive, but with membership you can go for only an hour and not worry about the expense when your wee ones get tired. It's a great "oh God how to entertain the children today" activity, and is well laid out, with lots of fun extras and a great park. The cafe is also lovely and set up with kids in mind. But seriously, get membership and rinse it: we're there every single week!
Good variety of creatures to look at. Reasonably priced if bought online. We particularly liked the big fish in the aquarium. The cafe/restaurant is clean and fresh. You can order just drinks even though they hand you a menu. The Gorillas were great. We had a 7 month old baby and baby facilities were good.
This is a great place to entertain your kids. There is such a variety of animals both indoors and outdoors. Most people will find an animal they like. When I was little I didn't like the smell of the fish part but I was probably overreacting... I love the lorikeet feeding. The only downside is that to get to the exit you have to walk through the massive gift shop, so kids will probably beg you for stuff. Gifts are interesting though, and not just junk with "Bristol Zoo" written on it like in some places.
Fabulous zoo, had a lovely afternoon....£3 on site all day parking, though the actual tickets were, I think, rather expensive for what's there (cheaper online, definitely worth checking for discounts etc, and using the refund for taking public transport, park n ride, bike etc, details on the main website). Take snacks and drinks with you, unless you're planning to pay a pretty hefty price tag! The animals were all healthy, bright, and in great condition...A real joy, and my Son loved it! Definitely going to go back when it's warmer, and to buy one of the 'experiences'!