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Great Day Out
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Member Name: mrleebob
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Advantages: Good variety of species, well organised
Disadvantages: A little small.
I regularly visited Bristol Zoo as a child as it isn't too far from Wales. Getting there is easy for everybody however. After taking a train to Bristol Temple Meads, you can take a bus from outside the station to Clifton. The drivers are helpful if you're not sure which bus to take.
The zoo itself isn't that large and is easily seen in a day. The thing that struck me was how well organised it is. The zoo is split into several definitive areas such as the Seal and Penguin coast, the Reptile House and Zona Brazil.
You won't find too many large animals at Bristol Zoo. They were phased out over the last 20 years. Exceptions to this rule are the 2 Asiatic lions and the gorillas. Both appeared to have suitable enclosures however. I'm a big fan of themed areas in zoos and all the rainforest enclosures are superb here, really creating a natural enviroment. The reptile house is extremely impressive, with a large variety of species.
There is a lot of educational material here on a variety of earth issues, such as global warming and recycling.
There are several places to get a little snack and one main restaurant/cafe where things are a little expensive. The gift shop is also pricey.
Bring your children here and you'll be guaranteed a great day out for the whole family.
2010 prices Prices with and without voluntary donation
Adults £11.81 £13
Child (3-14) £7.27 £8
Child (under 3) Free Free
2 adults & 2 children £34.54 £38
Concession: 15-18 yrs / student / senior citizen / disabled adult £10.45 £11.50
Disabled child £5.63 £6.20
Carer for disabled adult (if required) Free Free
Open daily from 9am to 5.30pm in peak season from 26 March 2010, closing at 5.00pm off-peak (as of 26th October 2010).
Times and prices taken from official website.
Summary: A nice day out, but doesn't compare with better zoos such as Prague zoo.
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