Introducing Bristol Zoo Gardens

Monday, 17 February 2014

Both our families are big fans of Bristol Zoo Gardens. We both hold annual memberships and it's one of our regular meet up spots when getting our two years olds together for a run around.

Our usual plan of action is straight down to the cafe where we try to wake ourselves up a bit with a morning coffee (they do a great soya latte!). The boys will play around the grass area or on the pretend cars and buses outside the cafe whilst we get a chance to sit and chat and then it's on to the monkey enclosure before the penguins and seals!

Having a pass means there is never any rush to see all the animals, we often only see a few at any one time and instead make use of the large garden areas, the play park and the water area. A good tip is also to try and make a visit on a weekday preferably in the morning. You will often find you have the place to yourselves and the animals are just waking up and are playful and full of energy for the day ahead.

Bristol Zoo is extremely child friendly with large paths and ramps making it really pushchair accessible as well as lots of open spaces for running around. If like me you're not good at planning for the day (like bringing lunch or snacks!) they have child friendly lunch packs in the cafe which have often saved me from a meltdown or two. They also do babyccinos if you happen to have a child who is partial to them (mine will quite regally walk to the counter of any cafe and request one).

We started visiting the zoo regularly when my son turned one but really it's great for any age range. Bringing a blanket and picnic on a summer's day would be great meet up spot if you have children not yet walking, the large grassy areas would be perfect for crawling about!

The zoo is open from 9am to 5.30pm everyday in peak season and close at 5pm off peak.

The local train service stops at Clifton Down which is a ten minute walk from the zoo. If you do travel by train you can get '2 for the price of 1' on admission when you present your ticket on entry so it's definitely worth it!

Alternatively there is a free bus service running from the park and ride or a normal bus service running from the centre of Bristol every 30 mins also. You can find out more about these on Bristol Zoo's website here.


  1. Looks like a great place for a picnic, having a pass must be fab :)

  2. Wow! I love this pictures! It's like seeing Bristol Zoo is a whole new way! We love the zoo and membership is so worth it for us. We've had times of going every week. Hopefully, we'll start going regularly again once life with the new baby has settled some.

  3. I absolutely adore the picture of the meerkat - my Mum and I love them! Adding the zoo to the list of places we visit when we do finally get to Bristol!

  4. If I lived just a bit closer I would definitely get a membership, it's so nice to just go in and not feel like you have to rush around to get your money's worth x

  5. I agree, having a membership means that visiting is so much more relaxing. Sometimes we just go for a short wander around and spend most of the time in the playground! It still doesn't seem to get boring!


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