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Education sessions

We offer education sessions to groups from Early Years to degree level, from special needs to children’s clubs, on over 40 subjects.

Bristol Zoo education sessions take place in themed Students meeting a rat in an education sessionclassrooms in the Conservation Education Centre. Most sessions are 55 minutes long and will include up to three live animals (unless otherwise stated). Animals include tame reptiles, small mammals and invertebrates.

We also use items such as skins, furs, tusks and stuffed specimens (many are confiscations from HM Revenue and Customs). Short film clips and audio clips are often used to support your chosen topic. Close-up cameras help to show extra detail on our smaller animals. All sessions are linked to the National Curriculum or specific syllabi.

Many education sessions have downloadable topic-centred notes for teachers to help with ideas on a Zoo visit.

More information on our education sessions can be found on the links to the left. More detailed breakdowns of the sessions can also be downloaded on those pages.

Robots vs Animals

Bristol Zoo education section has teamed up Bristol Robotics Laboratory and will be offering Zoo-based sessions on biomimetics starting in November 2014.

For more details, go to the Key Stage 3 sessions page. This session is only available for Year 8 & 9 students.


Winter entry at Bristol Zoo Gardens – from just £3.10

Come to Bristol Zoo Gardens for some Christmas fun this winter! We’re offering half-price entry* for all primary and preschool school children who book an education session from 1st November 2014 to 13th February 2015.

Individual sessions cost £42.
Two sessions for the same students cost £76.
Three sessions for the same students cost £113. 

Class sizes

There is a maximum class size of 30 for students KS1-3, and 25 for KS4 and post 16 students.

Free visits for teachers

Come and see the the Zoo’s facilities and book in a chat with one of the education team, once you have made a provisional booking with us. Call us on 0117 974 7369 or email for more information.

Availability of education sessions

Education sessions are available between 9.30am and 5pm weekdays throughout the year. Our sessions are very popular, especially in the summer months, so you need to book well in advance.

Return vouchers

All pupils and teachers who attend education sessions are presented with money-off vouchers for return visits to the Zoo

Education officer showing students live animals

To request a copy of our latest primary and secondary brochures, please call us on 0117 974 7369 or email

Group prices

We offer great discounts of up to 34% on entry prices for groups of 10+ paying visitors.

Teachers' notes

Topic-centred teacher notes to provide ideas for you to use with your group before, during and after a Zoo visit.