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Old Down Country Park, Bristol

3.6
#10 of 28 in Parks in Bristol
A great animal park for all the family. Set in 60 acres of beautiful formal and informal gardens and woodland. Great cafe serving delicious treats and a lovely gift shop selling local produce. Open 7 days a week.
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  • This place is brilliant for all the family. Suitable from small babies to older children. Lots to do and see and lots of play space.  more »
  • took my son and my daughter . firstly when we arrived no signs up of how to enter the park and noticed the toilet was out of order. once you walk though the gift shop (which is daft as my daughter wan...  more »
  • We visited today for an offer of £10 for the whole family. It was great value, I'm unsure what we normally would have paid without the offer. There are lots of play activities for younger children. Th...  more »
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  • I really like being able to take my son and our dog here, as there are not many places that we can do this. The reason I'm giving four stars is that there is really nothing to do if the weather is bad, as all of the activities are outside. It's a lovely place in the summer as they have a fantastic large wild flower meadow with lovely views.
  • Lovely large park with different areas. We've been here many times and even when the car parks are full there is plenty of room for everyone and never seems crowded. Dogs are also welcome if kept on leads and out of pet corner. Would have been 5* but we always seem to have to go into the restaurant to get a member of staff to go to the shop so that we can buy tickets and pay for items.
  • Beautiful venue but there was an extremely rude bar man who had serious attitude issues. Also none of the drinks are on tap so paying £3 for a diet coke that came from a 1.5ltr bottle was insulting. The food was delicious but the portions were lacking so I was extremely hungry later. The red wine was delicious.
  • I was with Vivianne Williams and have to leave my own review and address the pitiful and unprofessional response from this"Country Park" and the way in which they have tried to save face. For a start the "wide range of animals" is a very basic "pets corner" which is basically a shed sized filthy area where a few types of farm animals run around loose and to pet them you have to catch them first if you can manage not stepping in feces which are clearly not regularly cleaned up and feels like trying to run through a minefield. The other animals are a couple of llamas and ponies which are tucked to the side in an actual shed which, you guessed it, is completely filthy. And about 90% of the animals are chickens which makes it feel like they've had some sort of infestation and had no way of getting rid of them. Second is the "huge" adventure park which has less than an actual free park, nothing adventurous about it. Using the excuse of "imagination" is ridiculous, it's a run down, dirty, empty bus which was probably bought off Craigslist for a fiver. As for the "lots of grounds to explore" I wouldn't call an empty muddy field next to the "adventure park" a place to explore unless you want to explore how many times you can fall into a ditch made by a tractor. The nature trail is similarly pathetic and very very short with nothing to see but basic birds and a shoddy "fairy village" which was covered in dirt and looked like someone saw a picture of a professionally made one and thought "Yeah I could do that" and a couple hours and a trip to B and Q later came us with this mess. Yes there was a wedding and party which closed off the house and yurt however we were not told this when we paid full price to use all the facilities. You should either tell people before hand or what people who aren't only interested in money would do and reduce the price when these facilities are not for public use.
  • Very simple , nice and natural place if you want to spend quiet moment with kids. There is a very nice place for picnic and a beautiful lake. My daughter had really enjoyed the park.

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