We arrived at about 10.45 to see the car parks were full and queue about half a mile long at the entrance! Luckily for us we were travelling with my mum and her wheelchair so we were able to get a special parking spot close to the entrance and, because we had pre-booked our tickets online we avoided the queue too! (plus you get an extra 10% discount so it's well worth remembering!)
The Gardens are beautifully laid out and we were blessed with lovely weather which made the whole experience much more pleasurable! Yes, it was busy, but we expected it to be. There was more than enough space for everyone to enjoy their picnics and, with the exception of the nocturnal house which was dark (well, duh!) and humid and quite frankly I couldn't wait to get out, nowhere was over crowded and manoeuvring a wheel chair around the place was pretty easy too.
Food and drink available to buy on site (from cafe/restaurants/booths and vending machines dotted about the place) was over-priced, as you would expect, but take a picnic along and this is, overall a pretty cheap family day out. And it's educational too!! Just be aware that you have to walk through the gift shop to get out and if you are watching the pennies then put blinkers on the kids as you walk through or I guarantee you will be going home with a collection of cuddly meerkats and plastic dinosaurs!
Here a few of my favourite pictures from the day. . . Enjoy x
|snoozin' is what us Lions do best!|
|Dinosaurs roam free at Bristol Zoo!|
|T-Rex (scarily huge)|
|the seals were mostly asleep...|
|but they still managed to captivate the Little Man|
|beautiful Silver back Gorilla had his 'I've just woken up' face on...|
|even the meerkats were trying to nap!|
|...although there is always one left outside, keeping watch|
|butterflies feeding - these were about the size of my hand!|
|LM with Alfred - one of Bristol Zoo's first, and most famous, Gorillas|
|gorgeous snuggly ring tailed Lemur. Also napping. Hmmm.....|
Please visit the 'Bristol Zoo Gardens' photo album on the Tales from Mount Pleasant Facebook page for loads more gorgeous pictures of the zoo's inhabitants. Some of them are even awake!!! ;-)