It's your last chance to visit Bristol Zoo Gardens before it closes permanently

It's your last chance to visit Bristol Zoo Gardens before it closes permanently

Posted on: 10 Aug 2022

It is your last chance to visit one of Bristol's oldest and most famous locations.


On Saturday 3 September, the iconic Bristol Zoo Gardens will close permanently, meaning there is less than a month left to visit a venue that has stood in place for nearly two centures.


After 186 years based in Clifton, the zoo is relocating to South Gloucestershire, where it will join forces with Bristol Zoological Society and their Wild Place Project.


Visit Bristol Zoo Gardens' website for more details about the move and how to book tickets.



In nearly two centuries as a permanent fixture in Bristol, the zoo is estimated to have saved over 150 species from extinction through its conservation programmes.


Its work has made it one of the best-loved attraction for locals and tourists in the city, with over 90 million people visiting the Clifton site since it first opened its gates in 1836.


But, as Covid stripped the zoo of virtually all of its revenue sources, it was announced after the second national lockdown that the longstanding premesis would be shutting its doors for good.


Some of the animals currently on site will be transferred to other zoos across the country, whilst the most vulnerable will be translocated to Bristol Zoological Society's Wild Place Project in South Gloucestershire.


Though there are plans for a new zoo to open in the city in 2024, you only have until Saturday 3 September 2022 to enjoy one of Bristol's best-loved and most historic places.


More information about Bristol Zoo Gardens' final month and how to book tickets can be found via their website.

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