Bristol Zoo Gardens

Enter an amazing animal kingdom that is home to over 400 species of exotic and endangered animals from across the globe

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Located in beautiful Clifton, Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world, first opening its doors to the public in 1836. Today, the zoo is home to over 400 species of exotic and endangered animals from across the globe.

Visitors can get closer to their favourite species with spectacular immersive experiences. Marvel as a 32-stone gorilla strolls overhead in a glass-floored gorilla house, then journey underwater to watch seals and penguins zoom around you. Go nocturnal in Twilight World, or pop up among the cheeky meerkat mob! 

Keen animal lovers can also gain fascinating insights about the animals, with daily talks, feeds and encounters.

Lemurs at Bristol Zoo Gardens Bristol Zoo Gardens
Lemurs at Bristol Zoo Gardens

With over 100,000 beautiful, rare and extraordinary plants from across the world, the botanical gardens are well worth a visit in their own right. Stroll along pathways winding through vibrant displays or relax with a picnic on the lawns.

There’s an exciting events programme throughout the year, including children’s activity trails and conservation academies, outdoor cinema and seasonal fun - click the link to the zoo’s website for the latest updates.

Kids are free to run wild in the adventure playground and water play-area Splash, or enjoy face-painting* and crafts galore in the Activity Centre from 11am every day. 

*Small additional fee.

Bristol Zoo Gardens Bristol Zoo Gardens
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Bristol Zoo Gardens 'ZooRopia'

Did you know?

For a unique view of the Zoo, adventurers can clamber, balance and swing through the air on ZooRopia, a thrilling aerial ropes course. (Check website for opening, charges and restrictions.)

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