Winter Treats at the Zoo

Now we’re open, there’s plenty of reasons to visit the Zoo this winter.

This year has been a challenge for all of us, but there’s still plenty of time to make some fantastic memories with your favourite animals!   

Space and peace of mind

We’ve introduced admission time slots to help keep everyone safe. So we’re less busy in the late mornings and afternoons, and during weekdays outside of school holidays, which means you can visit without the hustle and bustle. Get a good look at all of the animals without any crowds! There’s plenty of space to social distance, and our one-way system and extra handwashing facilities help to keep you safe as you wander around.

Take a look at our late morning and our afternoon slots here and pick the perfect time to visit.

Festive treats

Warm up on your stroll around the Zoo with a takeaway hot chocolate from The Hide restaurant. Don’t forget the cream and marshmallows – it is Christmas, after all!

We all deserve a treat, and a day out at Bristol Zoo Gardens will add sparkle to those festive plans, spending time with loved ones in the run up to Christmas, during ‘Twixmas’, and into the New Year. We’re only closed on 25 December.

Wrap up warm and snap the perfect selfie next to our twinkling Christmas tree on the top terrace.

New arrivals!

The Zoo is bursting with life, including a host of adorable babies. Look out for our Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo joey, Kiri, who is becoming more adventurous. Watch young spider monkey Elli swing about and pay a visit to our golden lion tamarin twins. Plus, help us to welcome our fluffy red panda, Shifumi!

Frosty gardens

With over 100,000 beautiful, rare and extraordinary plants from across the world, our botanical gardens are well worth a visit in their own right. Stroll along pathways winding through beautiful displays, with lots to enjoy on a crisp winter’s day. And the Zoo isn’t just for families and little ones, with visitors of all ages from young couples to the retired.


Big and little adventurers alike can climb, clamber and swing through the air in our thrilling aerial ropes course, ZooRopia. Travel through the treetops alongside the gibbons and gorillas, tackling 17 gravity-defying challenges before flying down the zip wire to finish. Will ZooRopia make a monkey out of you?

Book online here and check prices and restrictions here.

The perfect present

Why not do a spot of Christmas shopping while you’re here? We have lots of unique presents in our gift shop, including an exciting range of adoptions and gift memberships for animal-lovers. By shopping with us, you’re helping to support crucial conservation projects across four continents.

What are you waiting for? Book your visit to the Zoo here. 

Have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! And thank you for your support throughout this pandemic.

Now faced with a third closure, the BZS Appeal is more important than ever


Now faced with a third closure, the BZS Appeal is more important than ever