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“A lovely day out”

Bristol Zoo Gardens
Ranked #41 of 222 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 31 July 2014

It was so lovely NOT to see large animals cooped up into small enclosures.
The animals this zoo holds are proportionate to their homes. A great day out for all the family.
Plenty for all to do and reasonably priced. Parking is a little difficult, but get there early and you won't be dissappointed

Thank steve j
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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.

Thank Lesley P
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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!!!

Thank Bec125
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

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

Thank Mark W
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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 !

Thank MargaretPonthir
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