There are three parking bays for visitors with disabilities near the Zoo entrance. In addition to a further 14 dedicated on street parking spaces along College Road, the first these being less than 40 metres from the main entrance.
The Zoo is more than 170 years old and contains a number of older buildings and structures three of which have been given a Grade II Listing by English Herritage. However, most of the Zoo is accessible for wheelchair users and those with walking difficulties..
The paths are generally tarmac and there is level or ramped access to most buildings. It is worth noting however that there are moderately steep ramps on exiting the Reptile House and on both entrance and exit of the Aquarium and Bug World.
Twilight World, being a nocturnal exhibit, has very low levels of illumination and some noticable changes in the level and texture of the floor finishes.
Times, Prices, Directions
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Tel: 0117 974 7399
Open daily from 9am to 5.30pm in peak season, closing at 5.00pm off-peak. Closed Christmas Day. Last entrance to animal houses is half an hour before closing. Last entrance to the Zoo is an hour before closing.
Prices with and without voluntary donation
Adult £ 11.81 £ 13.00
Child £ 7.27 £ 8.00
Family £ 34.54 £ 38.00
Concession £ 10.45 £ 11.50
A Zoo Safari ticket on any First bus in Bristol centre gives discounted bus travel/Zoo entry. This applies to adult and child tickets only. Frequent services: 8 and 9 buses run between Temple Meads Station, the City Centre and the Zoo. Call the Traveline on 0870 608 2608 for further details. An open top bus service tours the city from 1 April - 24 September and starts at 10am til last bus at 4pm, they normally run every 90 mintes, with a 45min service in school holidays (1 July - 27 August 2006). Discounts to the Zoo are available on the bus.
A joint ticket can be bought with discount travel/Zoo entry. This applies to adult and child tickets only. There is a local train service to Clifton Down Station (10 minute walk to the Zoo), From Bristol Temple Meads Station take an 8 or 9 bus to the Zoo main entrance. Call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for further details.
Cycle racks are avaliable.
From the M5: J17 take the A4018 then follow brown elephant signs. From Bristol City Centre: follow the brown elephant signs and/or signs to Clifton.