We took our two grandsons aged 9 & 7 to the zoo at the end of the school holidays in August. Having not visited the zoo for around thirty years and having read some not so flattering reviews we decided to risk it.
We were directed to an overflow car park where we ate our picnic in the car as it was spotting with rain and then walked across the field and down the path to the main road.
We were given a small leaflet with maps etc. and an activity book for the children I think for two adults and two children the cost was slightly under £50.
I had heard that the zoo was tired and needed updating and in parts I would agree but generally the surroundings were well tended and the only place that was disappointing was the outside eating area by the cafe which was covered with litter and the tables were dirty. We ate ice creams which were good quality and from what I could see of the food on offer in the cafe it looked good.
There is a wonderful play park for children catering for all age groups and an activity centre. For the summer there was a dinosaur trail which feature dinosaurs which move and spray water a great hit !
The animals were all well cared for , there was an excellent seal and penguin coast where we were entertained first by the penguins and then by the seals being fed. We also saw the lemurs having their tea which was fascinating. Meerkat Lookout was brilliant and there the animals were behaving in a natural way with one on lookout and several digging away whilst some slept and looked after the babies.The best thing of all for us had to be the new gorilla house......it had just opened a couple of weeks before our visit and I would give it 10/10. The animals can be seen clearly and they are able to climb up to a second floor which has see through panels on the floor so we were able to watch their antics as they played and chased each other around. The highlight has to be when one of them went to the toilet right above our heads much to the delight of two little boys!
All in all we had a lovely day out at Bristol zoo and I think if they continue to improve as they have been doing then it will be a zoo for the South West to be proud of.
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