Review: Bristol Zoo Gardens Dinomania

A couple of weeks ago we had a lovely family day out at Bristol Zoo Gardens. We took along my cousin as well as he had been asking my aunt and uncle to take him. We had actually planned to go the previous week but it rained non-stop, plus we overslept. As it turned out, the weather was much the same on the day we did go! But not to worry, we enjoyed ourselves anyway and it was nice for Cheeky Chap to have some company.

The last time any of us went to Bristol Zoo Gardens was when they first got the lions as cubs. It was quite something to see the change in them.

Throughout the zoo, there are several interactive areas. On one you can compare your arm (or wing) span to that of other animals. There is also a racing track which will measure your running pace and enable you to compare that to other animals.

There are several areas of the zoo that are under cover, which was great when yet another rain shower came. One area was the amphibian and reptile house.

The thing with zoos is that you always learn something new. Who knew a bright, tiny frog carries enough poison to kill 20,000 mice? Or that a human can be killed by just touching one? Not me.

Bristol Zoo Gardens holds talks throughout the day where you can learn more about the animals that they have. We were ill-prepared and missed most of them but we did make it to the sea lions talk. The South American fur seals were really entertaining to watch and I was interested to learn that the tricks they do aren’t just for show but actually a vital part in enabling their keepers to check their health.


One of the main reasons we were invited along to Bristol Zoo Gardens was to experience Dinomania. Dinomania features 11 life-like animatronic dinosaurs which have returned to the zoo for a third time and, without wanting to be too gender-typical, is a heaven for a typical boy. Although to be honest, even the husband and I were impressed as well!

In the Dino Hub and activity centre there are some games as well the opportunity to see actual dinosaur fossils. I was rather surprised to find out that the fern leaf has been around since the late Devonian period 360 million years ago. Which is quite something considering dinosaurs weren’t first on Earth until 252 million years ago.

We wanted to take the boys on the Zooropia but unfortunately Cheeky Chap was a tiny fraction too short, literally by millimetres, which was of course the end of the world.

There is so much to do and see at Bristol Zoo Gardens it really does make for a brilliant day out. We were there for a few hours and several of the animals were hiding from the rain but on a nicer day you could easily spend the full day there. We are hoping to return soon!

Dinomania is at Bristol Zoo Gardens until 3 September and with each paying adult, one child goes for free.

Disclosure: We were guests of Bristol Zoo Gardens in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are my own.

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