Frequently Asked Questions
Take a look at some of our Teacher FAQs:
Can I come to the zoo before I visit with my class?
Yes. You can arrange a free teacher preview visit for teaching staff. If you wish to bring additional visitors, we suggest purchasing tickets online before your visit to benefit from our online discount.
Do you have a map?
A zoo map is available to download from our website.
Do you have a risk assessment?
Yes. We have a school friendly version available to download on our Teacher Resources page.
Can the coach park on site?
There is free parking for coaches and 800 cars on site. On fine days, it is recommended that your coach parks at the top of the first car park and the group walks down to the zoo past the deer enclosures. On very wet days, the coaches may drive down through the car park and deposit passengers near the Ticket Office and return to the coach park.
What happens when we arrive?
You will need to enter the zoo via the Ticket Office where you will be greeted by a member of our team. Payment for admission for your group will need to be made at this point; alternatively an invoice can be requested. If you wish to deposit your lunchboxes in a safe, animal free area, please let a member of staff know and they will assist you on arrival.
How much is entry into the zoo?
To ensure that it is an affordable day out for schools, pre-schools and nursery visits, the entry cost is £7 per child. The cost of admission entitles your group to a whole day at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm.
Do you offer free teacher tickets?
Yes. We offer one free teacher ticket for every six paying students that attend. If you require any further teacher tickets they will pay the £7 rate.
What can we do whilst at the zoo?
We have a 100 acre site with over 100 animal species; zoo and farm yard animals. Noah's Ark Zoo Farm has a daily programme of free talks and animal feeds. One of our popular educational workshops can be booked at an additional charge. We have a Nature Trail for visitors to enjoy. This includes activities and information on topics including pollination, minibeasts, bush craft and native species – a trail map can be collected at the Ticket Office. We have a number of teaching ideas on the teacher resources page including pre, during and post visit ideas that you may find useful.
Tell me more about your educational workshops.
We offer a variety of different workshops. The content of our workshops is securely rooted in the National Curriculum. Our education programme is accredited by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom; we have been awarded a badge of quality by this organisation. Our workshops focus on animal behaviour/characteristics, different habitats, conservation and (of course!) interaction with the lovely animals in our education collection.
How much is an education workshop session?
The cost of a 30 minute workshop is £25. This cost is in addition to the admission charge of £7 per student.
What's the maximum number of students you will accept in a workshop?
We can accommodate a maximum of 30 students in any one workshop.
I would like a workshop on a topic that is not advertised on your website, is this possible?
Absolutely! We have catered to many different group requirements in the past. If you would like a session on a topic that is not already listed, please give our education team a call and we will do our best to devise an appropriate workshop for you.
What is the Animal Show?
The Animal Show is a short educational talk (approx.15 minutes) about some of the animals in Noah's Ark Zoo Farm (mainly farm animals). The show offers students the opportunity to learn some fascinating facts about the animals that we have here, as well as the chance to get closer to these amazing creatures. Please note, this show briefly mentions Christianity.
How do I pay for my visit?
Payment is made at the Ticket Office by cheque, card or cash on arrival. Alternatively, we can invoice you after the visit. Invoices are created on the day of the trip and are posted or emailed out to the paying party.
How can we get there?
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm is easily accessible by car or coach and offers generous parking. We are 6 miles from the centre of Bristol and a short distance from the M5. Please see the 'Plan Your Visit' tab on the homepage for more information.