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Bristol Zoo Gardens
Member Name: pink19
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Advantages: quite interactive, things to do as you walk around looking at the animals
Disadvantages: no elephants or giraffes which we were looking forward to seeing
Having not visited Bristol Zoo in many years, probably since being a young girl myself, i decided to take my two boys and my friend and her little girl for a day out there. Looking forward to a really good day out we set off quite early in the morning to make the most of the day. We packed a picnic and took this with us as food halls at places like this tend to be quite expensive.The zoo opens at 9am and closes at 5.30pm during peak times and 5pm during off-peak times. They allow you last entry into the zoo an hour before it closes. There are toilets and a baby changing room situated towards the beginning of the zoo.
Admission prices are as follows-
For an adult its £10.88 this is without a voluntary donation if you choose to give a donation the price for an adult goes up to £12.00
A childs price is £6.81, £7.50 with a donation. Children under three go free.
A family ticket which consists of two adults and two children costs £31.74 and £35.00 with a donation.
Senior citizens/students/disabled adults cost £9.52 or £10.50 with the donation.
A disabled child can enter the zoo for £5.31 or £5.85 with a donation. A carer can go in free. Upon paying you are given a map of the zoo to follow as you walk around, they also give the children a quiz sheet to fill in on the way round, they have to find the answers at different places around the zoo. My first impressions of the zoo as we entered were good but as we started walking round i did become slightly disappointed as we soon realised there were no longer any elephants or giraffes. There were lots of animals to see including the two lions as you enter the zoo.They have lots of monkeys there (monkey world) which we spent quite a while in there as the children loved to see the monkeys swinging around, playing and fighting with each. Other areas in the zoo include bug world, where there were bugs of all sorts that you could have a look at, they made the exhibits quite interesting as they were not just in glass cases for example they had a black widow in a toilet with a clear cover over the top so that you could still see it. They have a family of gorillas, these were actually quite boring to look at as they really didnt move and just sat still but at the same time they were quite intriguing to look at just because of the sheer size of them. There is a twilight zone to walk through which is quite dark inside and you really have to look closely inside the glass cages to see what is in there.There is a Brazil zone with monkeys and birds to look at.The seals and penguins were a big hit with the children and after walking round up top to watch them they have an underground viewing area which was really exciting to see them swimming under the water. There was lots of fishes to see in the aquarium all different colours and sizes. At one point you get to walk through some tunnels and you can see the fish and sharks swimming all around and above you. Next we moved onto the reptile house which was my eldest sons favourite as they had small crocodiles, lizards, snakes, frogs and terrapins. Just outside the reptile house were two giant tortoises, the biggest that ive ever seen. There are a couple of hippos but these were quite smelly so we kind of rushed through there but there were lots of people standing round looking at them. At dinner time we went and sat under the undercover picnic area, there were plenty of tables and chairs even though it was quite busy. The children then enjoyed having their faces painted and temporary tatoos applied in the activity center, this cost a little extra and is not included in the admission price. Before we left we went to the adventure playground and bought icecream from one of the machines that are dotted around the zoo. Every where we went in the zoo there was always plenty of information on the exhibits which was quite interesting to read. It was very clean all around the zoo, no rubbish any where and there were plenty of bins around as well. The exit takes you through the shop but i was surprised as things in there were quite reasonably priced.
Summary: enjoyable day out for the children