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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. Put Bristol Zoo Gardens into our Bristol day trip tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • A really nice zoo, it's fairly small so they don't have the space for larger enclosures, but what they do have are all very well designed. Very enjoyable to be able to get close to the animals such as...  more »
  • We visited in the middle of the summer holidays. There was no parking in the zoo car parks, but we found on street car parking for £5 for 5 hours. The zoo facilities were brilliant. We had some shower...  more »
  • Its been about 7 years since our last visit to the zoo so we were keen to go back again but we were really disappointed by how run down and sad some areas of the zoo had become especially the enclosur...  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.

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