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Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol

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View animals from around the world in recreated natural settings at Bristol Zoo Gardens, where conservation and education meet. The zoo is also the world's oldest provincial zoo, having opened its gates in 1836. The "Twilight Zone," showcasing unusual species, was the first of its kind. Reptiles lounge in their reptile house, birds squawk in the aviaries, and gorillas, tamarinds, and marmosets reside on the islands, where the surrounding waters are alive with feathered creatures. Indoor and outdoor exhibits make a visit worthwhile in all weather conditions. Plan your visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Bristol vacation route planner.
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Providing a convenient base from which to explore the West Country, Bristol offers relatively inexpensive lodging options, including boutique hotels, small B&Bs, and trendy self-catering apartments. Consider staying in the old town center, conveniently located close to Bristol's main road and rail networks. Options here range from modern hotels to vintage guesthouses, often featuring sunny courtyards.
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  • Small and compact zoo but organised to provide interest for all. The animals are grouped for interest. A mature garden and mature trees make this a charming visit. Speciality spring bulbs. Enjoyed vis...  more »
  • As a family celebration my husband and I took our son and daughter, and 2 grandchildren to stay overnight at The Lodge, within the grounds of Bristol Zoo. Jenny greeted us and made us feel very specia...  more »
  • Great day out for all ages. I would definately recommend visiting Bristol Zoo if you are in the area. The lions were the highlight of my visit as you could see them quite close up in detail. All the s...  more »
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  • A lovely zoo. Very well cared for. Beautiful gardens. Not too big so we managed to get round it in a day plus delicious lunch in restaurant. Very hot day so even the penguins didn't want to perform at feeding time but plenty for children to do to interact. A very good day out.
  • Lots to see and do in a small space right in Bristol. Big range of animals and even a large kids park in the centre. Always have different themed events. Latest one was some very life like dinosaurs. If you are a local the annual membership is well worth it. Kids under 2 are free but if you get their membership which is free just before they turn 2 they can still enter the whole year for free
  • Well worth a visit. Very well planned and designed with lots of areas you can get up close with the animals. Nice variety of animals and creatures with well thought out ways to see and interact. The kids loved Gorilla Island but weren't too keen when in the Fruit Bat enclosure.
  • Zoo is very well kept. It is always tidy and gardens are tidy and they have lovely flowers. There are plenty for adults and children to do, so you could spend all day there easily. They have recently refurbished their restaurant, it looks beautiful and very high end BUT it is table service, and I think having young children it is hard and you feel under pressure to keep them quiet and keep the table and area tidy. I feel it is more of an adults area than somewhere where you can take children, but it was nice and the prices weren't bad!
  • Really nice cozy zoo with good playground for children and a good choice of animals (some look a bit sad in maybe enclosures that are too small). The monkeys and lemurs were a great hit. The only problem is there is not a very good choice of food so I would recommend to bring your own.