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Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol

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#1 of 51 in Outdoors in Bristol
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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  • Don’t be fooled by the look of this place from the outside, once you get through the gate & into the zoo itself, it is lovely. There is so much to see, we actually spent 6 hours here as there were par...  more »
  • Bristol zoo is one of the oldest zoo in the world and a very good zoo.but because they cannot expand the zoo anymore one else you have seen it a couple times you are looking at the same thing. In my o...  more »
  • It’s nice to see a small city type zoo not try and pretend to be something it’s not. They freely acknowledge they’re a small zoo and are not suitable for larger animals and they focus more on endanger...  more »
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  • Had a really enjoyable day. Much better than expected. Booked on-line so paid £30 for 2 adults and 2 children. Think it's definitely worth that as we were there for the day. Not much food choice that was the only let down. Had to pay £3 for car park which was unexpected.
  • Great zoo. Smaller than many but features a range of animals, birds and insects including Asiatic lions and gorillas. Animals seem very happy with the lions being the most active and behaving the most catlike that I've seen. Watch out for the talks / feeding times to see more of the animals. Restaurant does great food (although had some staffing issues when I visited - hopefully a one-off)
  • The zoo is nice and clean and staff are friendly. Parking could pose a problem on busy days. At the moment they have dinosaurs, not many though. So for my son that was the main attraction, which makes it just about value for money. Without the the dinosaurs and just the zoo, it is not worth paying £18 per adult and £14 per child. The zoo has has small range of animals, they don't have the popular animals such as elephants and giraffes. Although, they do have lions and gorillas that you can see very close up. The sea lions and penguins sections are very good and this and the lions were my son's highlight of the day out along with the dinosaurs. They also do live shows with commentary from expert zoo keepers, which is good, however, it can get overcrowded at busy times. The zoo has a nice restaurant, which serves food for lunch and also serves tea and coffee and a selection of cakes, which are average prices compared to other high street coffee shops.
  • A small zoo but most enclosures are very new and upto date - great for the animals in them. Would have been five stars but they have recently got rid of the cafe and replaced it with an upper class restaurant. Since all the kiosks were closed it meant that it was very difficult to get any hot drinks to take away.
  • Attended a civil wedding ceremony in the Pavillions which also included entry to the Zoo. Congratulations to Dean & Sam on their fantastic day. The ceremony was held in a very impressive building with a number of wood statues, flooring & decor all animal related. Guests, all suited & booted in their finery, were allowed to visit the Zoo after the vows, drinks & photo's, approx 2 hours before heading back for sit down meal & speeches. Quite an emotional & magical experience
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