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Bristol Zoo Gardens


This page provides a summary of basic information for this animal park as at 21/07/2007. To check for up to date information and full details please visit the official website at :

Bristol Zoo Gardens


Name Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA.

Telephone number:

Fax Number

E-mail address

  0117 974 7399 

  0117 973814 


How to Get There For directions go to Mapquest and type in the postcode of the zoo.

Great value train travel and Zoo entry available. Train service available from Bristol Temple Meads station. Take bus 8, 8A or 9 from Bristol Temple Meads station to the main Zoo entrance. Price of a special train ticket includes Zoo entry and bus fare from the station. Rail fare depends on departure station. Call the National Rail Enquiries on: 0845 748 4950. 
Great value bus travel and Zoo entry with a Zoo Safari ticket on any First bus in Bristol. Services 8, 8A and 9 run frequently between Bristol Temple Meads station, the city centre and Bristol Zoo Gardens. Call the Traveline on: 0870 608 2608 for further details. Special Zoo offer also available on City Sightseeing Bristol which runs hourly between 21st March and 25th September

Opening Hours

Open all year except Christmas Day
9am until 5.30pm in high season.
(closes at 5.00pm in low season.)



  • Shop for gifts and souvenirs
  • Discounts for groups
  • Allow 2-5 hours for your visit
  • Conservation Education Centre for pre-booked groups


  • Pelican Restaurant serves hot meals and sandwiches throughout the day
  • The Flamingo cafe serves snacks to take away


  • Free entry for under 3's
  • Daily events that include face-painting, animal encounters and a zoolympics trail.
  • During the holidays there are even more seasonal shows, talks and events happening around the Zoo.
  • The Activity Centre provides year-round entertainment with activities such as face painting, badge making and brass rubbing.


  • Parking - Car park close to entrance, Disabled spaces
  • Signage - Consistent throughout, Standard symbols used
  • Toilets - Disabled toilet provided
  • Ease of movement - Room to manoeuvre in all areas, No restricted areas, Plenty of routes available, Map provided
  • Ramp access - Non-slip surface, Handrails provided
  • Lifts - Large enough for wheelchairs, Floor levels clearly marked, Buttons easy to reach

Feeding & Talks

  • Animal feeds and talks throughout the day:
  • 11.00am Lion talk
  • 11.15am Penguin Feed
  • 11.30am Red Panda talk
  • 12.00pm Flamingo talk
  • 12.30pm Bat talk
  • 1.30pm Zona Brazil talk
  • 2.30pm Ring-tailed lemur talk
  • 2.45pm Gorilla feed and talk
  • 3.00pm Penguin feed and talk
  • 3.30pm Otter talk
  • Seal talk (times vary- check notice in Seal & Penguin Coasts for details)


  • Two new animal shows on the main lawn: 'Out and About' & ‘Amazing Animals’


Other Attractions

Additional Costs  

Number Of Species


Number of animals

* Not stated as varies
very frequently

  Number of Species Number of Specimens



















over 400

around 6000

Annual number of visitors Number of staff Area in acres Association memberships Proprietor
600,000 120 12  
  • ISIS
  • EAZA
  • Registered Charity no. 203695


  Your Day at Bristol Zoo
9.00am Zoo Opens
11.00am Lion talk
11.15am Penguin Feed
11.30am Red Panda talk
12pm Flamingo talk
12.30pm Bat talk
1.30pm Zona Brazil talk
2.30pm Ring - Tailed Lemur talk
2.45pm Gorilla feed & talk
3.00pm Penguin feed & talk
3.30pm Otter talk
  Seal talk (times vary- check notice in Seal & Penguin Coasts for details)
4.30pm Zoo Closes In Low Season
5.30pm Zoo Closes In High Season



This zoo is not as big in area as some of the other well known UK zoos but it is one of the oldest and well respected. It was made famous by the childrens TV programme Animal Magic and its well known presenter the late Johnny Morris in the 1970's.

Review by Vicky Washington of Bristol Zoo:

Voted ‘Zoo of the year 2004’ by the Good Britain Guide, Bristol Zoo Gardens has something for everyone from the smallest and rarest tortoise in the world, to the largest ape. With over 400 exotic and endangered species to explore, enjoy a whole day filled with excitement and discovery at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Why not take a trip to see to our Livingstone’s fruit bats and Asiatic lions who both have newly improved enclosures this year? Visit our award-wining ‘Seal & Penguin Coasts’ with its fantastic underwater viewing or discover other favourites including Bug World, Twilight World, the Monkey House, the Reptile House, and Gorilla Island.

Don’t forget to look out for our exciting programme of events, including Shakespeare and Jane Austen performed at the Zoo by award-winning Illyria, live music including the fantastic sounds of Dennis Rollins and Andy Shepard, St.George’s Carnival of the Animals, new ‘Amazing Animals’ and ‘Out & About’ animal shows and much, much more!

If this is all too much then why not simply enjoy the stunning gardens and grounds? As well as being a fun place to visit, Bristol Zoo Gardens is dedicated to conservation and is involved in international breeding programmes, so watch out for more new baby animals throughout the Zoo.

This entry was checked and updated by Bristol Zoo on 14th May 2005.

This page provides summary information only to allow a consistent approach for entries in this website directory and aid comparison. We cannot accept any responsibility for the information or services offered and advise you to check details with the animal collection concerned.  


Last Updated 21/07/2007

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