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The Clifton Pavilion

Clifton, Bristol

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The Clifton Pavilion

Clifton, Bristol

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Greg Smith

18 May 2019

Love the zoo, I've been coming here since the 80's. Great for a family day out. Loads to do from seeing the animals, handling bugs and other animals, face painting, play areas, cafe, grill shack and loads of other things. Check it out

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Aimee F

18 May 2019

Had a lovely day today at Bristol Zoo, it was nice to see healthy animals clearly well looked after. All of the staff we encountered were friendly and the talks we heard were informative. My favourite area was the Seals, very well thought out layout making it very interactive. More...

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Amy Duddridge

11 May 2019

Really enjoyed my visit to Bristol Zoo with 2 children under 4 years old. Lots of different animals to see and lower viewing areas for smaller children which meant I didn't have to pick up my children every time we saw a animal. Lovely gardens and grass areas to sit and a reasonably sized play area which we used when waiting for a feeding time for the gorillas. Amazing view spots of the seals and Penguins with underwater tunnels! The only down side is in one of the “dark areas” there was no lighting on the path at all. This meant you really couldn't see the walls or other people/children. I know however that it has to be dark for the animals but this actually lead to a Lady falling and hitting her head on one of the walls. perhaps some in-for-red lighting on the path? The cafe was amazing and very accommodating as I have a fussy eater but the staff were extremely helpful and catered for our needs without judgement. Food was fast and tasty. !! Over-all a lovely day out and worth every penny More...

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Peach Blossom

11 May 2019

A fab place for a whole day out! Kids had so much fun, they were exhausted by the time we had to go.So many animals to see, insects, butterflies etc. The little ones enjoyed playing outside with the water on a hot day. Good size car park too. We definitely enjoyed it here,we'll be back again.P.S. It is great to see that the owners read the reviews and care what others say. More...

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lesley thompspn

25 April 2019

We love this zoo, up near Clifton. Easy to access. Onsite chargeable parking, or roadside pay & display parking with a generous 5 hour limit.Beautiful layout, gardens are currently alive with colour (April). Wide variety of animals to see, flamingos, lion, reptiles, bats, aquarium, butterfly house, monkeys,gorillas, hippos and more....our favourite of this visit were the ring-tailed lemurs. You can walk through their enclosure. The family unit were on form including 3 new additions.Also loved the penguin and sea lions.In addition a lovely play area for the younger children along with other activities and a high ropes course for the older ones and adults (at an extra cost). We thought it was a great day out and value for money. More...

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Matt Bazeley

25 April 2019

A fantastic day out for the family. A wide variety of wildlife from flamingos to lions. All the obvious attractions you’d expect. The restaurant was spacious and the good was good. Plenty of baby changing facilities. Parking was easy and in close proximity to the Zoo. At £4 unlimited the parking was a very reasonable price. I would highly recommended this attraction for a fun day out. My only negative was that pushchair access was not easy st times and wheel chair users may struggle as none of the doors were extra wide or powered. Other than that a brilliant day out. We will be back again soon More...

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asoulwithnofootprint .

25 April 2019

Brilliant zoo, and small enough to see everything in one day, membership prices really reasonable. Nice cafe/restaurant. Animals all healthy and well cared for. Lemur walkthrough, and underwater tunnels for seals and penguins. Playground and sandpit for little ones and splash area for paddling when the weather's warm. Very interactive and fun and lots of info about their conservation work. More...

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Stephen Anderson

25 April 2019

Wow can honestly say best zoo experience we as a family have ever had. Lovely balance of fun and educational. Clean everywhere Inc all toilets and facilities. Even a water bottle refilling station too. Value for money was second to none too family of 4 plus 2 grandparents £60 wow. A full day of activity More...

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Robert Greenaway

26 March 2019

We went here for a little day out driving from South Wales. Easy to get to and the parking was made easy (it's £4 but you can use card) thanks to the wardens. It was a quiet day when we went so walking around was a breeze. All the animals seem well looked after and most enclosures had some keepers nearby explaining and talking about the creatures inside. The park itself is very nice and well kept, and the gardens and plants are really great. There's plenty of areas to walk about and play with children too. There is also a little restaurant that serves nice food. The pasta I had was good.Two of the standout enclosures were the penguins/seals and the butterflies. The seals were shooting about under and above the water, and you were able to go underground to see them like I've never seen them before. The butterfly enclosure was very pretty and they were flying around everywhere, allowing you to get extremely close to them. Overall a good day out and well worth it, especially if you book online cheap! More...

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Debbie Fleming

25 July 2018

We had The most incredible time at Bristol Zoo!! The staff couldn't have been any more welcoming, accommodating, friendly and they are so passionate about their jobs!!! I would highly recommend an animal experience and would highly recommend a stay in the lodge ... there's nothing like waking up to the sounds of all the animals!!! We will definitely be back in the future!! X More...

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Lisa Williams

25 July 2018

I spent the day here yesterday doing a Zoo Keeper Experience and I have to say it was amazing beyond what I thought it would be.Worked with loads of different mammals reptiles birds and fish.Sam who was my keeper and worked with me for the day was fantastic,so knowledgeable answered everything I asked and was super friendly and put me at ease.Anyone thinking of doing this or buying it as a gift won't be disappointed,it was a wonderful day all round. More...

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Ädńiçül Nötyålč

25 July 2018

Take your own lunch as it’s very expensive to buy food in restaurant and snack bar.

Nice day, some of the glass tanks could do with a clean to improve visibility. It was also very busy with several school trips, I wonder if there could be a limit to how many schools are able to book on the same day?

We were disappointed by the Butterfly enclosure, as there wasn’t many different types. We only saw two sorts.

I loved the gorillas, seals and lemurs the most. Worth a trip, it’s a good day out but I prefer Noah’s Arc.
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Lucy Hawken

25 July 2018

We had a lovely day at Bristol zoo on saturday.
We were there from when it opened till it closed as there is so much for the children to do.
Unfortunetly it wasnt till we got in the car we realised my 3yr old daughter had lost her teddy, which she has had since birth.
I would like to thank all the staff at Bristol zoo as they found her teddy an posted it back to us. My daughter was so happy to be reunited and in the envelope with her teddy was a card the staff had made with a picture of her teddy with the penguins and a beautiful note.
Thank you so much for a wonderful day and the return of a much loved teddy
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Dan Crowley

25 July 2018

Great day out with the family, only criticism I would give it the same that others have already mentioned... the dirty glass, clean that up and make the place more presentable. If people are paying £22 the least you can do is clean the windows to make things visible, I visited in 2008-2009 and it was better then to be perfectly honest, really nice day out but that for me was the let down.

If that was spot on it would have been a 5* rating.
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Lynsey Williams

25 July 2018

Had a fantastic day here. Loved every minute. The staff were amazing and so friendly. There were animal talks happening all day teaching you about the different animals but also plenty of staff who were happy to talk to you and answer any questions. My two daughters 7 and 4 can't wait to come back and learnt so much from this visit. We are planning on coming back for the night visit in the summer as a surprise for the girls.
The whole zoo was extremely clean. We ate in the restaurant and can highly recommend the pizza. The girls had the pizza and a drink kids meal for £5 and it was delicious. Stone baked and freshly made, better than most pizza shops.
I would say if you are going expecting a petting zoo with farmyard animals and lots of soft play for the kids you will be disappointed. This is an actual zoo bringing you up close to some amazing animals. You literally come face to face with lions!!! The children's areas are fantastic but for kids who like to have an adventure and not really for babies or for children who maybe shy away from getting a bit dirty or wet? Perfect for my two little explorers.
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Danielle Midwinter

25 July 2018

Being Disabled its so hard to find places to visit so we're very glad to find this place had so many things i could see from my chair, been lots of times when i was a child so decided to take my partner for the first time. We got there via train and bus so saving the planet and money at the same time. Plus being in a chair its easier this way.

Price to get in is very steep not to bad being disabled was £15 for me and carer/partner, however normal prices are a little high but they do a lot of good work so i don't mind at all, the animals were amazing. However in certain areas it is not wheelchair friendly. The penguins have a raised bit no chair or scooter will get over and noone says anything so no idea until your in! Lucky i can drag my leg up and over. Most places are steep so you need someone with muscle but you can hire a scooter and it's a very old zoo so to be expedited. Sadly the weight limit is 18 stone and im 20 thanks to swelling.
The price of food and drink is very very high! and i mean high. Plus side lots of areas to picnic that are undercover and a lawn to sit on so very happy as always bring our own and there are machines for drinks ranging in price.
The grist shop like any is pricey and not worth going into, however we went to see the zoo so not an issue for us at all.
All in all was a good day and will be back as a cheap day out and i don't get the chance of them now sadly. If the food was cheaper and entrance for normal adults was cheaper would be 5 stars. i go to a lot of new places look for me on youtube daniellemidwinter :)
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Hannah Rebecca

25 July 2018

Fantastic zoo & brilliant day out. The exhibits were wonderful, very interesting and well laid out. The range of species was fantastic and it is so nice to see a zoo that isn’t there to just have animals on show but is doing really important conservation work both in the zoo itself and with endangered animals in the wild.
I thought the admission fee was very reasonable. There were staff in some of the enclosures who were very knowledgeable and talked to us about the animals. We made it to one of the talks & feeding at the penguin enclosure which was really good. The grounds and facilities were in very good order, we had a coffee in the restaurant and it was good. There are lots of picnic areas including a covered picnic area which was is a great idea!
I would recommend to anyone.
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Linsey Hutchins

25 July 2018

We spent a weekday afternoon at the zoo in early May and loved the lush gardens, lawns and flowerbeds in this compact urban well laid out zoo. The hot houses with exotic birds and butterflies were great, enclosures for Monkeys Lions etc looked clean with running streams in outdoor spaces and we appreciated signage where improvements were underway and the rationale for not keeping large group based animals such as elephants and giraffes at Bristol, putting their needs first. The lemur, penguin and seal talks were friendly with good info on how visitor fees help fund conservation of endangered species globally. The range of food available in the Hide could be healthier but staff were friendly. The education centre looked a really good size. Parking very accessible outside and not too bad at £3 flat rate. the location right on Clifton downs is stunning. More...

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Gary Farr

17 June 2018

Such a lovely zoo. Plenty of well informed staff around to tell you about the animals and their habitat. And best of all is that it isn't massive hikes between enclosures. For a relatively small space they have a lot to see, and not cramped in, the enclosures are good and many can be walked through, such as the Bats, the penguins and the butterflies.
I recommend booking. Even if you book the night before you will still get a discount on entry.
Parking will cost £3, but if you're staying I'm the town centre it may be cheaper to get the bus (unless you're a family).
Also it's the same neighbourhood as the bridge and observatory, if you do take public transport then you could get these in on the same day!
In all, lovely place, lovely staff, well worth a visit.
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Caroline Alexandra

7 June 2018

It wasn't the perfect weather when we went but it was easy parking and friendly staff right from the start. Loved the art they had scattered around the zoo grounds and all the facts. All the animals seem well cared for and where easy to see. When we came to the fish section we came just on time for feeding and a staff member explaining about the various fish. My 3 year old and 2 year old loved it!
When we went to the restaurant area it was very crowed and where a little high for our liking (hence why we didn't buy much food). The entrance to the restaurant did keep the kids entertained while we waited though.
We would definitely go again!
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Rebecca K

30 May 2018

I loved Bristol zoo, brilliant for all ages. I went on the bus (which drops you off outside the zoo) and i visited at the beginning of March and the weather was lovely

They had lots of different animals to see and the layout was perfect. The bat cave was amazing and my favourite animal had to be the seals! They were fantastic and you could walk underneath and view them swimming around. Other animals include flamingos, penguins, insects, wild cats and beautiful birds.

Plenty of cafe's to stop off at along the way and the gift shop at the end was superb!

A must see!
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Cathy Bishop

30 May 2018

A lovely day out for a family birthday. Lovely grounds and well thought out play areas. Good to see the retro building looked after. Plenty of places for a picnic. Only negatives were, it was a particularly hot day and no water taps to fill bottles. The young man on the ice-cream stall decided to close after he served the people in front of me, there was no one behind me either, so one disappointed 5 year old. More...

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kyzerchief

23 May 2018

Loved this. My wife and i Spent 6 hours here with my 4 year old son and 4 month old daughter. Was lovely. The gardens are amazing and the layout is great. Good food at the restaurant and plenty for the kids to do. Have a lovely sit down whilst the kids play in the great play area with sand pit. HIGHLY RECOMMEND More...

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Mischa Airebamen

18 May 2018

Lovely place. Spent under 3 hours as a couple and that included a stop for a picnic and listened to one of the many educational and entertaining talks/feeds. Lovely play areas for children and avtivity centre... would be a very good family day out. Wish it was a bit bigger though but could definitely spend longer if had children. More...

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Liam Reeves

13 May 2018

Excellent zoo that caters to endangered animals and has a wide selection of animals and educational exhibitions. They also have two squashed penny machines and a gift shop on site for souvenirs. Food at the restaurant was reasonably priced for a place like this. Recommend for families. 30% discount if you use public transport or cycle. Very friendly staff. More...

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Marcus Sparrow

10 May 2018

The zoo is of a decent size. Plenty to see as you walk around. Can be visited all year round but suggest is better to visit during warmer months as not much cover when is raining and even with brolly not easy to move around due to other people with them or low lying branches on trees.

Zoo is easily accessible by bus from the park and ride I used the 501 service from long Ashton. Also bought the day rider ticket so could go into Bristol afterwards at cost of £4.50 allowing multiple uses.
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Sérgio Waitman

3 May 2018

Maybe the best zoo we ever visited, even though it is not that big. The feed & talk is great to see the keepers interact with the animals and to learn more about them. The possibility to go inside some of the animal "cages" is awesome, we are really looking forward to come back More...

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Lorna Hopkinson

1 May 2018

Took my 3 year old granddaughter and had a great time even though it drizzled most of the time. I've heard some people say that Bristol Zoo is small. Yes it is compared to say Chester Zoo but I love it for being compact. The only thing I would ask is that there be more covered picnic areas. It was difficult to find somewhere dry to sit to eat our packed lunch. But the animals and grounds and play area for children are well worth a visit More...

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Sheldon de souza

29 April 2018

Lovely zoo and a great addition to the magnificent central park. it's a beautiful zoo and well laid out. I like how the sea lion pool is right in the middle and then the rest around. Enjoyed the reptile house with free flying parrots. Being from india the bears was a highlight for me as you don't see them every day. Tip: if it snows when you're out there, go to the zoo! We had it completely to ourselves and didn't stop us seeing anything.

An awesome place to do a date or a family day. The admission is not expensive at all, but then the zoo isn't all that big. It will keep you busy or kill a few hours. The exhibits were all clean, the animal selection was also great for the size of the zoo. Over it's a good place to visit if you haven't done so already.
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Daniel Asby

16 April 2018

Brilliant day out. Great mix of animals. The talks were very interesting and we enjoyed eating in the restaurant, although this was a little on the expensive side. The lions, penguins and gorillas were particularly good. Make sure you grab an ice cream outside the main exit! More...

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Deb Howells

10 April 2018

Had a wonderful day. All the staff were helpful and knowledgeable,they answered all our questions and seemed to genuinely care. The atmosphere was lovely and the animals look well cared for. Excellent value for money. We will definitely return. More...

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Andrew Viney

9 April 2018

Bristol Zoo is an excellent day out for adults and children alike. There are plenty of attractions and activities to keep children entertained, but (particularly on a term time weekday) it's also a nice afternoon out for grown-ups. The grounds are very well laid-out such that even when it's busy, it doesn't feel too crowded. Staff are very helpful, knowledgeable and seem passionate about their work. More...

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Paul Golding

19 March 2018

Having gone 'out of season' a number of the small exhibits were missing or opening hours differed from the overall zoo which accounts for loosing one star. I hadn't visited for well over a decade and parts of the zoo reminded me why however other areas have been really well developed to show off generally smaller species that suit the available space better. Some visitors may miss the headline big animals but when you see the lion walking around and around the same small loop you have to understand why it's not appropriate to keep them anymore. Overall a fascinating visit with plenty of interest for everyone. More...

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Jesse

10 March 2018

Beautiful zoo, amazing experience, loved every second there, so many amazing animals, and they are all active, so you're not just seeing a sleeping animal like in most zoo's. Even saw the lions roar!! Love the walk through experience that allows you to get up close and personal with the animals, at no extra cost. Would love to pay to have one of the experiences next time! More...

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Gerard Harris

9 March 2018

Bristol zoo is only a small city zoo but it has a great reputation for conservation work and breeding rare animals. I visited on a 'blue day' which meant my ticket was discounted because it was a quiet time of the year. All the animals looked happy and contented and the gardens were looking good too. The seal and penguin exhibit is wearing well and it doesn't show it's age. Over my life time the zoo has constantly been updating it's cages and this activity continues. It means the animals are kept in the most up to date pens which is great for their welfare. The gorilla family, which are one of the largest animals in the zoo, look great in their island home and we're certainly using all of it. Don't forget Bristol zoo also runs Wild Place an out of town place not far from Cribbs Causeway which caters for some of the larger animals such as wolves and giraffes. More...

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Alpha RAT Ltd

27 February 2018

This is a great place to entertain your kids. There is such a variety of animals both indoors and outdoors. Most people will find an animal they like. When I was little I didn't like the smell of the fish part but I was probably overreacting... I love the lorikeet feeding. The only downside is that to get to the exit you have to walk through the massive gift shop, so kids will probably beg you for stuff. Gifts are interesting though, and not just junk with "Bristol Zoo" written on it like in some places. More...

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Tanya Carrington

25 February 2018

Love this zoo and have been many times now as it's a great place for a family day out. I would suggest getting there early as it can be hard to find somewhere to park and once the Zoos very small car park is full, it's then down to finding street parking. Make sure you have some change as the street parking is about £1.00 per hour and a maximum of a 5 hours stay. My only other recommendation would be to take a picnic unless you don't mind queuing to get into the restaurant. More...

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Holly-Ann Faithfull

21 February 2018

Fabulous zoo, had a lovely afternoon....£3 on site all day parking, though the actual tickets were, I think, rather expensive for what's there (cheaper online, definitely worth checking for discounts etc, and using the refund for taking public transport, park n ride, bike etc, details on the main website). Take snacks and drinks with you, unless you're planning to pay a pretty hefty price tag! The animals were all healthy, bright, and in great condition...A real joy, and my Son loved it! Definitely going to go back when it's warmer, and to buy one of the 'experiences'! More...

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Caro Boss

2 February 2018

We go here ALL the time: parents out there GET MEMBERSHIP! Entry once is expensive, but with membership you can go for only an hour and not worry about the expense when your wee ones get tired. It's a great "oh God how to entertain the children today" activity, and is well laid out, with lots of fun extras and a great park. The cafe is also lovely and set up with kids in mind. But seriously, get membership and rinse it: we're there every single week! More...

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Wandering Hippy

21 January 2018

Good variety of creatures to look at. Reasonably priced if bought online. We particularly liked the big fish in the aquarium. The cafe/restaurant is clean and fresh. You can order just drinks even though they hand you a menu.
The Gorillas were great.
We had a 7 month old baby and baby facilities were good.
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Tom M

17 January 2018

Love it. Loads to do. Not a cheap day if you're not a member and can get busy when the weather is nice but as it quite spread out you don't feel like you're tripping over other people. Membership is a great option if you're likely to visit a few times a year. The restaurant isn't great for families in my opinion as it's more if a sit down and order place now. Personally I think it was more family friendly as a canteen but the zoo as a whole is still a great place that we visit frequently. More...

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David M

8 January 2018

Great day out at Bristol Zoo. The Gorilla are my favourite and they display well every time i have visited. The lions just pace constantly around the enclosure. Would have given 5 stars but i think the lions need more room. Zoos with larger enclosures the lions seem more settled and relaxed. Being one of their main attractions i think better enclosure is a must. As with most zoos food and drink is too expensive take your own. More...

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Sunday Miller

31 December 2017

Lovely family day out. You can get really up close with the animals and the staff are all on hand to answer any questions. Feeding the birds is a wonderful experience for all ages and the butterfly house is also a hit. Never had an issue with parking although the car park is pretty small. We always take our own food but there are facilities there in which to purchase but as with all places, expect to pay for this. All in all, a lovely day out. More...