Review: Bristol Zoo

For Jelly’s 1st birthday we embarked on a family trip to Bristol Zoo. This may be something of a family tradition as we took Bean there for her 1st birthday too.

We LOVE Bristol Zoo. It is a nice size – you can walk around it in a day, there is plenty of open space and lots of things to do both inside and outside. They are also constantly changing things so it stays fresh. I last went in the summer when Jelly was only tiny and there were lots of new things this time to see, including a baby gorilla!

We left quite late so got to the Zoo about 12. Parking at the Zoo is a nightmare, in fact I think we have only managed to get a space there once (and you have to pay – not much about £3 I think). However there is plenty of free street parking around the zoo. We were late but  we still managed to find a spot to park only a 5 minute walk from the zoo. Not bad for free!

They had a half-term offer on child entry so if you took a piece of fruit or vegetable (from a specified list) child entry was reduced to £5. Entry is also 10% cheaper online if you book before you go and this way you get a shorter queue. Entry for the three of us (Jelly was free as an under 3) was £30 – not bad for a whole day out.

There are plenty of places to eat outside so I’d recommend that you take a picnic. The cafe/restaurant sells nice food but is very packed out at peak times. There is a microwave for heating baby food though which is a lifesaver! There is also an outdoor pizzeria and ice cream hut which sells gorgeous ice cream!

Highlights for this visit were definitely the baby gorilla – I tried to take a picture but it didn’t come out too well. Jelly loved the fish and Bean loved watching a lioness have a poo!!

Fantastic family day out, would heartily recommend!


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