Since Kian started university in Bristol, we have been down a couple of times to visit, combining our time with him and visiting some of the local attractions with Visit Bristol.
There are so many fun days out to do with the kids that it is hard to pick, but the kids all unanimously voted to visit Bristol Zoo Gardens, which is set in the beautiful Clifton area of the city.
Like many UK zoo’s, Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project and has helped save over 175 species from extinction, since it first opened in 1836, making it the fifth oldest zoo in the world.
As a city zoo, we weren’t expecting it to be huge, however, we were pleasantly surprised to find plenty to keep the kids interested for a whole day, with our first animal encounter of the day being Asiatic Lion brothers; Kamran and Ketan.
The zoo is very well set out and flows nicely in a circle, or you can choose to zig zag across the gardens if you choose.
The zoo is home to a number of walk-through enclosures, with our first being the home of 12 Livingstone fruit bats. It was a little nerve-wracking at first and you are advised not to stand directly underneath them, but they were not bothered by our presence at all and we were fascinated by their antics.
The zoo has over 400 species of animals from across the globe, all set in 12 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens and their most famous residents have to be the seven western lowland gorillas that live on their own island in the centre of the zoo.
I highly recommend you stay for their feeding time, as it is wonderful to watch and the keepers are full of such wonderful information and fun facts about the gorilla’s.
As well as all the outdoor enclosures there are nine under cover animal houses to explore, including the tropical zone, aquarium, bug world, butterfly forest and twilight world, perfect for any wet weather visits.
For kids that need to burn off a little extra energy, there is a large children’s play area with a low ropes course, plus plenty of animal challenges to complete dotted around the zoo.
Tickets cost from £12 for adults and £7 for children, online in advance but prices do increase on the door.
Bristol Zoo is easily accessible by bus, train, bicycle or car and is open from 9.00 – 17.00, 364 days a year.
What are your favourite animals to see at the zoo?