A Winter visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens

Since Kian started university in Bristol, we have been down a couple of times to visit, combining our time with him and visiting some of the local attractions with Visit Bristol.

There are so many fun days out to do with the kids that it is hard to pick, but the kids all unanimously voted to visit Bristol Zoo Gardens, which is set in the beautiful Clifton area of the city.

Like many UK zoo’s, Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project and has helped save over 175 species from extinction, since it first opened in 1836, making it the fifth oldest zoo in the world.

Bristol Zoo

As a city zoo, we weren’t expecting it to be huge, however, we were pleasantly surprised to find plenty to keep the kids interested for a whole day, with our first animal encounter of the day being Asiatic Lion brothers; Kamran and Ketan.

Bristol Zoo

The zoo is very well set out and flows nicely in a circle, or you can choose to zig zag across the gardens if you choose.

Bristol Zoo

The zoo is home to a number of walk-through enclosures, with our first being the home of 12 Livingstone fruit bats. It was a little nerve-wracking at first and you are advised not to stand directly underneath them, but they were not bothered by our presence at all and we were fascinated by their antics.

Bristol Zoo

The zoo has over 400 species of animals from across the globe, all set in 12 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens and their most famous residents have to be the seven western lowland gorillas that live on their own island in the centre of the zoo.

Bristol Zoo

I highly recommend you stay for their feeding time, as it is wonderful to watch and the keepers are full of such wonderful information and fun facts about the gorilla’s.

Male Gorilla Bristol Zoo

As well as all the outdoor enclosures there are nine under cover animal houses to explore, including the tropical zone, aquarium, bug world, butterfly forest and twilight world, perfect for any wet weather visits.

Bristol Zoo

For kids that need to burn off a little extra energy, there is a large children’s play area with a low ropes course, plus plenty of animal challenges to complete dotted around the zoo.

Bristol Zoo

Tickets cost from £12 for adults and £7 for children, online in advance but prices do increase on the door.

Bristol Zoo is easily accessible by bus, train, bicycle or car and is open from 9.00 – 17.00, 364 days a year.

Bristol Zoo

What are your favourite animals to see at the zoo?

36 thoughts on “A Winter visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens

  1. I love going to the zoo with the kids. It’s always such a fun time, and it really highlights the wonder of the natural world. Bristol Zoo looks like a great one!

  2. We love the zoo in our family! We have annual passes for the LA zoo, and go all the time. I love seeing other zoos. That’s cool that the feeding time there is pretty awesome!

  3. The Bristol Zoo sounds great! I like that it focuses on conservation and education of species. My favorite zoo is in Atlanta, Georgia and it does the same. They have many of the same animals, including red pandas. They also have my favorite animal, pandas! 😀

  4. I live in Bristol and still enjoy visiting the zoo. You should also try visiting wild place the other site which is home to the bigger animals and is a good place to let children burn off excess energy.

  5. My kids will definitely love this amazing place, it has many activity and animals. Such a nice zoo to be blog and give us a very good glimpse of what this place has to offer. Thank you for sharing this to us.

  6. The price is fantastic for what the zoo offers. I do love staying for feeding time with the keepers as you get to see the animals personality come alive and learn more about them. I think my favourite zoo moment was feeding penguins at my local zoo – whipsnade as a kid.

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