Plan your education visit

Planning your educational visit to Bristol Zoo

We advise that you book your education sessions well in advance, and we recommend at least four hours for your visit- this will allow time to explore the Zoo. If you are bringing a group of 100 or more, then please contact us as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. Sessions are available between 9.30am and 5pm on weekdays throughout the year.

Education Session and Admission Prices for Schools and Colleges

2018 admission to the Zoo:

2018 prices

Super Saver*


Pupil /  Students  (2 – 18 years)






Concession (Students aged 18+ 





Education sessions


(sessions 45 mins for EYFS groups, 55 mins for KS1 and above)


(sessions 45 mins for EYFS groups, 55 mins for KS1 and above)

FREE adults – one adult admitted free of charge per with every three children aged 3-5 years  and every seven paying pupils/students aged 6 years and over.

*January – April 2018 & September  - December 2018

**May – August 2018

Carers for children who are disabled or have Special Educational Needs admitted free of charge.

Prices apply for any groups visiting for an educational purpose (evidence may be requested)*.

*please note that a minimum charge equivalent to cost of 10 students applies to education group rates

Maximum numbers for Education sessions:

  • 30 students per session ages 3- 14 years
  • 25 students per session ages 15 years and over

What information will be needed to make a booking?

  • Preferred date of your visit (and alternative dates if possible)
  •  Approximate times of arrival and departure
  • The topic/session you are interested in
  • Number and ages/year group of children
  • Number of adults attending with the group
  • Full staff and school contact details, including address, phone number and email
  • Details of any special or additional needs or requirements


We will ask for you to pay for your education sessions in advance to secure the booking; we can accept payment by card, BACS transfer or cheque. Once you have made your booking with us you will receive a booking confirmation form which will list your booking details and the advance payment required. Payment for admission to the Zoo will then need to be made on the day of the visit, or if you prefer, we can arrange for an invoice can be sent following the visit.

Making a booking

You can contact the Education Bookings Team on 0117 428 5441 (Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm) or via email at
To contact us about any aspect of your visit please use the number above, or if you need to book a visit without an education session please call the main Zoo switchboard on 0117 428 5300 (staffed at weekends).

Find out more before you visit

Once you’ve booked your visit, you can arrange your free teacher planning visit for up to two teachers; please ask for further details when making your booking. To download a map of the Zoo click here, and download Risk Assessment Guidelines (for the Zoo) and Risk Assessment Guidelines (Education Sessions)

View our frequently asked questions here.


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