23/10/2019

A great day IN at Bristol Zoo - our wet weather guide

We all know the British weather can let us down, but don’t let a little rain put you off visiting Bristol Zoo!

89% of our animals can be viewed undercover, plus we have lots of sheltered areas and indoor activities to keep the whole family smiling.

Here’s our handy guide to getting the most out of your wet weather visit.

1. Explore our 9 animal houses

Step out of the rain and into a variety of magical animal kingdoms, each full of ‘wow’ moments! Go nocturnal in Twilight World, experience life underwater in our Aquarium, or be dazzled by the weird and wonderful residents of Bug World.

Monkey Jungle is home to cheeky ring-tailed lemurs, spider monkeys, macaques and more – discover them all from a large covered area. Then head to the gorilla house, where you can watch Jock and the gang strolling above your head through a reinforced glass ceiling.

The daily gorilla talk also takes place inside on drizzly days – come along to discover our gorillas’ unique and colourful personalities.

2. Enjoy 25°C in winter

Our Reptile House is heated to a toasty 25°C, perfect for keeping our scaled, slithery friends happy. Discover colourful poison dart frogs, lizards, chameleons, snakes, dwarf crocodiles, and our famous giant tortoise ‘Biggie’. Warning: you might not want to go back outside!

Our Forest of Birds and Butterfly Forest are also deliciously hot and humid – shrug off your coat and enjoy these winged wonders flying free around you.

3. 70% of outdoor enclosures have sheltered viewing points

While the Zoo has lots of outdoor enclosures, that doesn’t mean you have to get soggy. Spend some quality time watching our lions, tamarins, meerkats, tree kangaroos and more from the comfort of sheltered areas. You’ll also notice many of our animals don’t mind the rain!

A covered walkway also runs the entire length of our Top Terrace, from Asiatic lions to the Reptile House, so you can pop that brolly away.

4. Meet slimy, scaly and scuttling creatures

Take a seat in the Terrace Theatre for an exciting face-to-face encounter with some of the Zoo’s amazing bugs and reptiles. There are sessions at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm each day, with opportunities to touch or even hold certain animals – if you’re brave enough …

5. Join our seals and penguins underwater … without getting wet

Descend into underwater viewing tunnels and experience the magic of watching seals and penguins zoom and dive around you. These graceful acrobats definitely don’t mind getting wet!

6. Get crafty in our Activity Centre

Open from 11am each day, our Activity Centre is packed full of activities to keep little ones entertained. Have a go at badge making, colouring or brass-rubbing, or get your face painted as your favourite animal.*

7. Skeloween (26 Oct – 3 Nov 2019)

This October half term, enjoy gruesome Halloween fun all inspired by bones. Lots of the activities take place indoors, including spine-tingling animal encounters in Skeloween LIVE!, our frighteningly fun Skeleton Skool, sunken skeletons in the Aquarium, and spoooooky crafts and face-painting. Find out more here.

8. Treat yourself in our restaurant and shop

The Hide restaurant has plenty of indoor seating, with a great menu suitable for the whole family and warming seasonal drinks. We also have a covered picnic area if you prefer to bring your own. Finally head to our huge gift shop, where everyone will find their perfect souvenir.

So next time it’s damp outside, beat the weather with a fun-filled day IN at the Zoo. Book your tickets online a day or more in advance and save money.

Members go free.

See the map below to plan your wet weather visit - all areas highlighted in blue are under cover!

Bristol Zoo Gardens Wet Weather Map


*Some activities have a small charge. The Activity Centre is closed from 4th November so our Christmas elves can transform it into a magical Santa’s Grotto.

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