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“Bristol Zoo great day out for all the family.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens
Ranked #13 of 191 things to do in Bristol
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Owner description: At Bristol Zoo Gardens you can enjoy an amazing world of animals, all within our award-winning 12 acre gardens. With over 400 species and 9 animals houses under cover, you'll enjoy your visit whatever the weather. We suggest you allow 2-5 hours for your visit to really take in everything we have to offer.By visiting Bristol Zoo you will be directly contributing to the conservation of endangered species and habitats.
Benidorm, Spain
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“Bristol Zoo great day out for all the family.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

I was very surprised when we got to the zoo the car parking staff where very helpful as I am disabled. Once inside I was worried as we had to keep my 2 and 14 yr old grand-daughter happy. But there was plenty for both of them to enjoy. Entertainment on the huge lawn meant we could sit and rest while baby ran around, The animals were easy to see and all was very clean. The highwire course was great for the eldest one. All in all a very enjoyable day.

Visited May 2014
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“Very boring with limited animals”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Havent been to bristol zoo for 10years. We went today and hoped it would b better than 10years ago!
Nope.... 1 baboon seen, 1 lion, 3 penguins... 2 sea lions... 5 gorillas!
Most animals were asleep or u cldnt see.
Was bored within 2hours as was the kids aged 5,7,10,12,15!
A zoo should include elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebras, wolves, walabees, rhino's... I visited colchester zoo in essex twice 3years ago and it included all of the above and more!!
Very poor zoo with no improvements over last 10yrs.
Disappointed!!!

Visited July 2014
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“Good family day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Took my Grandaughter, a lot of the animals either escaped or were asleep. Apart from that a great day out.

Visited July 2014
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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

What a beautiful area to visit- the gardens really are splendid and well worth close inspection. Good labelling of the plants too and so colourful - a visual feast !
Right, parking, yes , we had to pay £3 and park in the overspill area which entails a somewhat steep descent to the main road and entrance - rather uneven surface so take care. But, £3, come on- that covers the whole day, so, it's not unreasonable !
We really enjoyed our visit and followed the map to listen to the various Zoo Ranger presentations which were both entertaining and informative. The animals enjoyed their feeding sessions too and all looked happy enough to me! The lady keeper with Atari, the fur seal, really was excellent. Plenty to see and do, don't miss feeding the lorikeets- a unique experience! Yes, the lions were both flat out in the shade, but, that's what cats do in the sunshine.
There were plenty of people there , but, it didn't seem overly crowded and you could find seats in the cafe. Oh, the cafe, very overpriced and not the most inviting of places- tables not cleared, food and litter on the floor. For heaven's sake, give people the responsibility to clear their own tables and monitor that carefully. Next time, I'll most certainly bring my own picnic. I noticed many families with cool boxes- good thinking ! Good to see so many children enjoying themselves without being glued to some technological device !
But, all in all, a good family day out and plenty of play and relaxation areas. Good emphasis on endangered species and understanding of the needs of different countries and cultures. Be more aware of the products that we buy- many indirectly affect the animals' habitats. The Zoo is really doing great things in world wide breeding programmes and you get the feeling that the staff feel proud and privileged to work with these animals.
I will return - soon, when the children are back in school !

Visited July 2014
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Gosport, United Kingdom
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“A really enjoyable day trip.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

I first went to Bristol Zoo whilst at boarding school in the late 1980's and always wondered what it was like in the 21st century. Furthermore, would it be worth the 250 mile round trip from my home in Gosport, Hampshire? I am happy to say yes and having consulted other reviews here on TA we were able to plan our trip more effectively. After a 2.5 hour drive up the A34 and along the M4 we arrived at the car park with our £3 ready having not been able to find a disabled space (my missus is a Blue Badge holder) due to serious congestion on the surrounding streets. The gentleman collecting the money much to our surprise, waived the charge and told us exactly where to park. Gold star for you sir, much appreciated and unexpected. But as warned in other reviews parking is limited so you may have no other option to park in the official car park but at least it is secure parking with plentiful CCTV. Once inside the park was beautiful with the animals mainly looking settled and happy. The lions were the exception as they were asleep by the glass screen. Other zoos have more space and arguably better facilities (Isle of Wight, Marwell, Longleat spring to mind) but there was no disputing the lions were well looked after and loved, but they just lack space and some stimulus. The Gorilla Island feature is amazing and the seals and penguins were another favourite. We followed Trip Advisor advice and took our own food and we sat on the green in the centre of the gardens and enjoyed the weather and atmosphere. Just as well as the restaurant was visibly busy and overpriced and we heard more than one complaint from dissatisfied customers. A really good diverse collection of animals in a lovely garden setting but what this zoo suffers from is a lack of SPACE. It definitely has a character all of its own with the buildings full of charm and character, but I can see future development being hampered as it cannot expand due to colleges, residential properties etc. surrounding it. However it is still very, very good and worth a visit. It is easily accessible from both the M4 and M5. We have visited pretty well all of the major zoos in Southern England and on character alone this would be the best. But it is so sad that the animals that need more room just cant have it unless the zoo finds a solution to the chronic lack of space it has. But don't let it put you off, it's still definitely worth a go.

Visited July 2014
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