College Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA

Bristol Zoo Gardens opened in 1836 by the Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society. Located in Clifton, the zoo neighbours Bristol’s key landmark, the Bristol Suspension Bridge, and is just a short walk to the Clifton Down’s.

Set within 12 acres of land, Bristol Zoo Gardens is home to around 400 animals, including exotic and endangered animals. The zoo has a focus on learning and education, making it the perfect place to visit with children and young adults.

The zoo also supports conservation and breeding programmes, and has been home to breeding firsts such as the first black rhino born in Britain, the first squirrel monkey born in captivity and the first chimpanzee born in Europe.

Currently there are around 300 mammals housed in the zoo, including gorillas, Asiatic lions, pygmy hippos and red pandas. You can also expect to see a number of fruit bats, aye ayes and quolls which are not housed in any other zoo in the UK.

Bristol Zoo is made up of a number of animal exhibits including:

  • Seal and Penguin Coasts
  • Forest of Birds
  • Gorilla Island
  • The Top Terrace
  • Twilight World
  • The Reptile House
  • The Aquarium
  • Bug World
  • Zona Brazil
  • Monkey Jungle
  • The Butterfly House
  • Meerkat Lookout

Visiting the zoo is easy due to its fairly central position, close to other landmarks and located in the heart of Clifton. Tickets are priced at around £17 for an adult and £11 for children and can be booked in advance for discounts and savings.

Getting to the zoo is incredibly easy, with Clifton Down train station less than a ten-minute walk, Bristol Temple Meads station nearby, and plenty of bus routes taking you to the door. If you are driving, there is ample parking right outside – it couldn’t be easier!