"Whose zoo? (excuse the pun)" Bristol Zoo Gardens Tip by themajor

Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol: 9 reviews and 19 photos

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I know opinions are divided about zoos but if you're going to have them then the Bristol Zoological Gardens is one of the best. First founded in 1835 it is the fifth oldest zoo in the world but it hasn't stayed in the past. You get the overall feeling that the animals are well cared for and some of the enclosures - particularly the themed coastal one for the penguins - really are stunningly good. The regular talks on the gorilla family are well worth attending - ask for times when you go in - and the recently arrived baby is definately worth a peek. We also spent a very enjoyable 10 minutes watching the giant tortoises tussle with their large chums for sticks of celery. Obviously a bit of a delicacy as far as they're concerned!

UK VTers will remember the iconic 'Animal Magic' BBC childrens television programme from the 60s and 70s featuring the much missed Johnny Morris. Well this is where he filmed all his snippets in the guise of Keeper Morris. Curiously I didn't see anything reminding people of the fact - let's hope it's me missing it rather than an oversight on their part.

There is a restaurant/café on site with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating for all. It's actually much better than it looks and I can personally vouch for the splendid homemade cakes!

Address: Bristol Zoo, Clifton, Bristol. BS8 3HA
othercontact: information@bristolzoo.org.uk
Phone: 0117 974 7399
Website: http://www.bristolzoo.org.uk

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 13, 2007
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