Bristol Zoo Gardens, in Clifton, is a 20-minute stroll away from The Ivy Clifton Brasserie. It is the fifth oldest Zoo in the world and has welcomed over 90 million guests since opening its doors to the public on Monday 11 July, 1836.

The Zoo is home to a host of residents including Asiatic lions, red pandas, a troop of Western lowland gorillas, drills, seals, penguins, tapirs and lemurs, among many more. It has a range of exhibits including Butterfly Forest, Bug World, an aquarium, Twilight World, Monkey Jungle, Gorilla House, Seal and Penguin Coast and Zona Brazi, and is home to an award-winning botanic garden containing one of the UK’s most important collections of plants.

Bristol Zoo has helped save over 175 species from extinction in human care and in the wild and is currently working on conservation and research projects across the world, from the Phillipines and South Africa, to closer to home in the River Avon. Its award-winning education team has taught over 40 million school children the value of nature, wildlife and the impact our society has on the world.

Looking for somewhere unique and luxurious to stay while in Bristol? Tucked away in the 12 acres of beautiful botanical gardens is the Zoo’s best kept secret – The Lodge; a beautifully refurbished former keeper’s house, combining the perfect blend of fascinating history and modern luxury:

Bristol Zoo is open from 9am every day except Christmas Day.