Bristol Zoo Gardens to reopen Tuesday 14 July

Bristol Zoo Gardens to reopen Tuesday 14 July

Posted on: 09 Jul 2020

It follows the reopening of Wild Place Project last month. 


Just under a month since the government announced that zoos could reopen, Bristol Zoo Gardens is preparing to welcome back visitors next week, on Tuesday 14 July.


Announcing the return, a post on the zoo website reads:


“We have been closed since March, and we want to thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times.


“As a charity, we rely on the support of our visitors and Members and we have been touched by the generosity we have seen whilst we have been closed.



To ensure the safety of staff and visitors, the zoo has introduced new measures in line with governmental advice.


An important change includes a new requirement to purchase tickets online in advance of a visit.


For now, the zoo will release advance tickets on a rolling two-week basis, and it will not be possible to buy tickets onsite.  


To maintain social distancing, Bristol Zoo Gardens has also introduced a timed ticketing system, with a limited number of tickets available each day.


The zoo will also operate on a completely cashless basis, with a one-way system and with a two-metre social distancing rule.


Upon reopening, playgrounds and some indoor houses will remain closed. Find out more about the new measures here.



In the announcement, Bristol Zoo Gardens urged people to continue offering their support:


“We may be reopening, but we still need your help. We are certainly not ‘out of the water’ and we are taking every day, very much, one step at a time.


“We have been closed since March, and with 85% of our income coming from our visitors, this has had a significant impact on our resources. As a charity, this is money we depend on to fund our conservation projects in the UK and overseas.


“There is no doubt that we will continue to feel the impact for months, if not years to come.


“We still need your support to ensure a healthy future for Bristol Zoological Society, so, please visit our Virgin Giving page and contribute to the Bristol Zoological Society’s BZS Appeal, if you can."


The reopening of Bristol Zoo Gardens follows that of Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, located in BS48. 

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