Zoo updates

Whichever day you visit Bristol Zoo, there's always lots to see and do! 

We're open 364 days a year, so from time to time we may need to temporarily close areas of the Zoo to keep everything looking great all year long.

What are we working on?

Gibbon enclosure: throughout January

Our gibbons will be living off-show whilst their enclosure is being refurbished. Date of reopening to be confirmed.

Stingrays - Aquarium: throughout January

The stingrays have been temporarily moved out of their closure due to a medicinal water treatment. The medicine being used is toxic to stingrays so they have been temporarily removed and housed in our off show facility until treatment ends. They will be back on show in the next few weeks. The stingray talk will also be cancelled until they are back in the main tank. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Walk-through aviaries closed: ongoing

Our walk-through aviaries are closed as a precaution due to the threat of Avian Influenza from Europe. This includes the outside area for our penguins, however they can still be viewed in the tunnels under Seal & Penguin Coasts. Thank you for your understanding. 

Coral Cafe - Dates: ongoing 

Food and drink is currently being served in a temporary café situated in a large marquee on the main lawn. This is because we have received planning permission to develop a new restaurant, which will be an extension of the existing Coral Café. Works are now underway and the re-vamp will see the removal of the existing, 24-year-old external café canopy and the addition of a single storey extension. The new restaurant is due to open next spring and further details of our exciting plans will be confirmed soon.

Road closures - Dates: 29th January; 5th February; 12th February

Bridge Valley Road will be closed due to vegetation clearance between 8am - 4pm on the above dates.


Winter updates

Splash is now closed for the winter period. It’s too chilly for paddling now! Other outdoor play areas are still available. 

Amazing Animal shows have shut down for winter. We wouldn't ask you to sit outside!

Animal Talks have now been updated for winter to include some great new talks. Check them out here.