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A brilliant day out for everyone
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Member Name: JJ1978
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Advantages: Amount of animals
Bristol Zoo Gardens is located about 10 minutes out of the centre of Bristol. It contains a great deal of animals along with some beautiful gardens and is definitely worth a visit as we all had a really good day.
It is home to many animals including gorillas, lemurs, penguins, seals, lemurs, asiatic lions, red pandas, giant tortoise, meerkats, gibbons, otters, hippos and fruit bats. The animal enclosures are of a good size and it is easy to see each animal because each enclosure has various viewing points. The park is well laid out and has many signposts meaning that you are unlikely to miss anything. There are various talks and feeding times in the park which are advertised well.
There were a number of different houses including twilight world, butterfly forest and a bird house which would shelter from the rain but the majority of the park is outdoors so therefore it is best if you visit on a nice day. There is a play park and an activity centre which appeals to children.
There are toilets at various points around the park, these are well signposted and very clean. There is also a number of food outlets in the park including pizza and a barbeque. However, if you bring your own food there are plenty of benchs and places to eat including a large lawn near the beginning of the park. The park is easily accessible and wherever there are steps there are also ramps meaning that it is easy for both pushchairs and wheelchairs to get round.
There is now a section of the park called Zooropia which involves a tree top rope course, designed to make you feel like a monkey. This involves an additional charge. There is a gift shop at the entrance of the park which stocks a good range of things including soft toys, stationary, mugs, sweets and drinks.
The park is open every day 9-5.30.
I really enjoyed my day at the zoo, I felt there was lots to do here and lots to see. I was very pleased that all of the animals were easy to see and the park being well signposted meant that we got to see everything. The park was well laid out meaning that things of more interest, especially to children were dotted around the park rather than being all together. My favourite part of the zoo was the seals, especailly as you have the opportunity to walk under the water and see them from two angles.
I would definitely recommend the zoo as a day out to anyone and it is especially enjoyable for families. I thought it was very good value for money as all day can be spent there.
Summary: A good zoo
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