So when we were recently invited along to Bristol Zoo Gardens to enjoy a day out this weekend we couldn't wait to go back. The kids were super excited too!
Bristol Zoo gardens is situated in the Clifton area of Bristol quite close to the Clifton suspension bridge and is easily accessible by car, bus and train. Bristol Zoo is the fifth oldest zoo in the world and first opened its doors to the public on Monday 11 July 1836. Since then it has helped save over 175 species from extinction!
One of the reasons we love Bristol Zoo is because from the moment you walk through after purchasing your ticket there are animals to see and things to do. There is such a variation of animals here too, everything from flamingos and monkeys to lions and seahorses.
Here are just some of the animals we have seen today...
There are plenty of viewing area's for the animals too with most of the enclosures featuring large sheets of clear plastic/glass so the view to the animals in not obstructed by heavy fences etc. There are also several viewing platforms for certain areas such as seal and penguin coast and gorilla island so even when busy you can still get a good view of the animals.
Both James and Evelyn loved venturing in the underwater tunnels to see the penguins and seals happily swimming around and I have to admit its pretty amazing to see! There are several "tunnels" you can walk through whilst the penguins and seals swim around and above and its here you can really capturing just how beautiful (and large!) these animals really are. The port holes dotted around these tunnels provide perfect viewing for toddlers and young children too.
Its not just about the animals at Bristol Zoo though! There are some beautiful gardens you can wander around in with benches to sit at and take in the beauty of them. There is also a maze for the kids, a large park area and a splash zone where children can take of their shoes and splash around in. Also dotted around the zoo you will find "challenges" and facts for the kids to take part in. These including timing how long you can stand on one leg like a flamingo, can you run as fast as a cheetah and check out your wing span on a chart in comparison to an eagle!
If you are planning on having lunch at Bristol Zoo there are several options. There is a cafe situated within Bristol Zoo which sells an array of cafe style food including a packed lunch style childrens box. There is also a new "bbq" style grill situated just outside this cafe selling delicious smelling hot dogs and burgers (it really does small amazing). We found the prices in these quite expensive though e/specially if you have come as a family as it would soon add us (around £5 for a hotdog/burger from the grill). We opted to take our own packed lunch and there are lots of places you can eat included a large grass area in which an animal encounters show often begins around lunch time which is fab for the kids!
Bristol Zoo definitely gets a big thumbs up from us. Its a fantastic day out that all of the family can enjoy. There is always something to see, something to learn and something to do, whether its animals you want to see, some thrill seeking on the high wire or learning about endangered species and how we can help Bristol Zoo has it covered. Our photos above only cover a small portion of whats to offer at Bristol Zoo gardens and it really is worth checkout it out for yourself.
Tickets are priced at around £14.45 for an adult and £9.35 for a child with under 2's going free! Don't forget though if you book online you can receive 15% off these prices! You can book tickets online here.
Have you ever been to Bristol Zoo Gardens? What was your favourite bit?
**I was not paid for this post, We were given a family ticket and used our visit to produce this honest review.
All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own and written by me. **