The Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens

(47 reviews) 47 4.96
College Road Clifton Bristol BS8 3HH
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About The Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens

College Road, Clifton
Bristol, BS8 3HH

The Clifton Pavilion at Bristol Zoo Gardens is a truly spectacular setting for a wedding celebration. The grand venue is as elegant as it is unique, perfect for a truly memorable occasion for you and your guests.

The stunning purpose-built Pavilion’s impressive architecture reflects the style of the 1920s. The venue’s unique, beautifully decorated rooms boast high ceilings and exquisite chandeliers, creating a romantic ambience. The balcony overlooks the gorgeous grounds and graceful flamingos, a view which complements the elegant setting perfectly.

The venue is available for exclusive use for you and up to 120 guests for your ceremony and reception. You can also enjoy complimentary access to the beautiful zoo gardens, which provide a unique setting for your treasured wedding photographs.

From your very first enquiry through to the big day itself, our excellent events team will be available to support you at every stage. From choosing your perfect menu, wine and flowers to finding your ideal entertainer and organising your table plan, the dedicated team will be on hand to help with every decision. We also offer each couple a choice of all-inclusive and bespoke packages to help with your wedding plans.

Our menus are created by our excellent head chef using the finest, fresh and locally sourced ingredients. We can deliver an eclectic selection of seasonal menus for an unforgettable dining experience.

We look forward to hearing from you.

• Superb photo opportunities in beautiful surroundings • All-inclusive and bespoke packages available • Elegant architecture, featuring high ceilings and a balcony overlooking the gorgeous gardens and flamingos • Delicious food, made from local, sustainable and ethical ingredients • Exclusive hire of Clifton Pavilion available • Within easy reach of the city centre, with on-site parking

Facilities at The Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the City
Outdoor License
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster

The Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens Reviews (47)

Fabulous venue
Venue Service

By Jayne Shapcott, on 09 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 14 Sep 2018

I cannot recommend this venue highly enough. The room was stunning and set up beautifully. Meeting with the coordinator the day before was reassuring and absolutely everything was arranged as we envisaged. The ceremony room upstairs was beautiful with lovely views over the zoo. The lions roared bang on cue at the end of the service!! Canapés and cocktails were very nice and plentiful.....the absence of forks or sticks for the olives etc made eating them difficult (only gripe of the day!!!!) Visiting the gardens was a great way to spend that time during photos and waiting for the reception to start. The main reception upstairs had been laid out again beautifully and all to plan. Expert organisation. Food was nice the starter tasty goats cheese tart, pork loin and a very delicious cheesecake. Plenty of nice wine and all not used was taken downstairs for evening guests. The bar was open all day and well stocked. Evening food was also hot and plentiful. Overall the day ran smoothly, the staff were discreet yet efficient and everything was packed up ready for taking home early the next day. Thank you to Jodie and the team for a lovely day for my daughter Rosie and her husband Ben.

Fantastic day, fantastic venue!
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By Claire and Tom Parish, on 09 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 14 Sep 2018

The day was fantastic and appeared to be seamless from start to end. The staff were all lovely and approachable if you needed anything. As a bridesmaid I was a little nervous about knowing exactly where to stand or what to do- but the friendly staff were great at explaining and offering reassurance. The venue itself was fantastic especially for this bride and groom- who are complete animal lovers! Going around the zoo - was such a highlight for me and any guests that were visiting the zoo were considerate when photos were being taken, and were kind offering their congrats to the bride and groom when walking about. The food was brilliant! The best thing about it was generous portion sizes that still appeared to be 'fancy' and sophisticated. It was all really tasty and everyone on our table commented on how lovely it all was!

Fabulous and wonderful day
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By Rosie and Ben Cooper, on 09 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 14 Sep 2018

We got married here on 14th September, and despite my father in laws own personal views and experience as written below, as the bride and groom we had a wonderful day. The food was amazing, yes some of the canapés weren’t hot but then when you’re cooking on the masses that’s often the case. Everyone I spoke to said what a fantastic day they had and commented on how good the food was. The staff were friendly and helpful, and nothing was too much trouble. They made the day go smoothly. There was a small pause between speech and desert but this was due to the staff needing to be told we were ready. A minor inconvenience on otherwise a perfect day. Would definitely recommend this venue for weddings and other functions :)

my sons wedding
Venue Service

By Mr D.M. Cooper ... Grooms Father, on 16 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 14 Sep 2018

So the service was lovely, the catering sorry was not , at the reception down stairs we had canapé ie mini fish and chips ,fish ok mini chips over done and cold on the tables we had some bits you needed a folk or something to eat it with several people asked staff for something but never got anything, at the main meal up stairs the starter was only just warm and quite dry . Main was loin of pork all of it was warm not hot and my wife's was very fatty. we had a gap for speeches then had to find some one to say we were ready for dessert, that was a tasteless cheese cake even the coffee was so cold the sugar did'nt melt When we went back down stairs the tables still had all the crumbs from earlier and the floor was still a mess, i have over 30 years in catering and would not recommend this venue.

Snow White Wedding
Venue Service

By Eloise & Ben, on 19 Mar 2018Date of Wedding - 03 Mar 2018

The staff at Clifton Pavilion were absolutely amazing and made our day one to remember even though the snow storm caused by the Beast from the East made it quite a challenge! I would highly recommend this venue for anyone looking for something a bit different around Bristol.

Fantastic Wedding
Venue Service

By Mel Leeson, on 26 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 30 Sep 2017

The venue and staff are fantastic! The venue its self is stunning, the rooms you use throughout the day are great and then walking around the zoo with your wedding guests is a unique and fabulous touch to your day. The staff leading up to the big and event and on the day are really organised, thoughtful, friendly and great, nothing was too big for them and they always went out their way to make your day special. i really couldn't have asked for more from this amazing venue, our day was perfect in every way.

Penny & James Sinclair - 16 Sep 17
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By Penny & James Sinclair, on 22 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 16 Sep 2017

We would both really recommend booking your wedding reception at The Clifton Pavilion. The zoo access went down really well with the guests - both children and adults! It also was a great setting for wedding photos. The food was delicious and all the staff worked really hard to make sure the night was a success. We'd both really recommend going for the photo booth too.

Amazing venue, and the most helpful staff!
Venue Service

By Laura and Ben Myers, on 18 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 15 Sep 2017

Everyone worked so hard to make our day utterly perfect - setting up the decorations, talking us through all the last minute details, and helping us clear down. They were all so friendly, and we were made to feel truly special. The professionalism was utterly outstanding, and we especially wanted to thank Beth, who made the whole day completely stress free, coordinating us through delays, unexpected guests showing up during dinner, a last minute dietary requirement panic and doing it all without blinking. The venue itself is stunning, not just getting to use the zoo, but the rooms are beautiful, and people were blown away by how amazing the day was. I also wanted to take a moment to comment on the food - it was incredible! The gravadlax in particular was delicious, the tarragon chicken was both flavourful and moist, and several guests said the chocolate brownie was the best they'd had. It was utterly perfect, I can't recommend it enough.

The perfect day
Venue Service

By Sam & Dean, on 20 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 09 Sep 2017

A big thank you to all the staff at the Clifton Pavilion who made our day perfect and kept us both calm and informed through the day and during the preparations. We were kept informed of the important decisions but not bothered with the smaller complications like last-minute menu alternatives, which made it as stress-free as we could hope for! Everyone was very responsive to our requests for slight changes to the order of the day and when we needed extra bar staff for our thirsty guests! Thanks in particular to Liz for being patient with our sometimes absentee suppliers and our indecision during the planning - all dealt with professionally! The zoo is the perfect backdrop for a beautiful building come rain or shine, and we would recommend it to any couple!

Mr & Mrs Sims-25th August 2017
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By Jane & Nicky Sims, on 08 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 25 Aug 2017

The Clifton pavilion was the oerfect venue for our wedding. As we both have a love for animals we couldn't of thought of any better place to say I do. Right for the start the team was very helpful, the rooms are absolutely beautiful. We did get into a bit of a panic and Liz and Vicky was on hand to help put our minds at ease. Our day couldn't of gone any better, the staff we're absolutely amazing, the good was beautiful and the service we received was worth every penny and more. Even the bar staff on the evening was dancing along with us all. Great venue, great staff. Thank you all so much for our special day, it sure will be one to remember and it couldn't of gone any better without he wonderful staff here!!

Trish and Mike's 1st Wedding Anniverary
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By Trish and Mike NASH, on 16 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 06 Aug 2017

Our wedding was superb on 06 August 2017 (review below) and we always said wouldn't it be great to try and re live it...….well our anniversary was approaching this year and I (Mike) contacted Clifton Pavilion to see if they could provide something to surprise Trish on our anniversary. They took up the challenge and laid on a fantastic lunch buffet including Prosecco for us to enjoy on the Balcony! Trish was overcome when we surprised her. So, as well as weddings they might just surprise you if you ask them to provide something for your anniversary! As usual the team were fantastic, food was superb, and to top it all the weather was kind to us as well. Cant praise the team enough! Very many thanks.

Trish and Mikes Wedding 06 August 2017
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By Trish and Mike, on 14 Aug 2017Date of Wedding - 06 Aug 2017

We've read the previous reviews and they just about sum it all up!!!! :-) Fantastic venue; the event organisation was superb; the staff are fantastic, nothing is too much trouble. We had an incredible experience, just wish we could do it all again! The big bonus is access to the Zoo which delighted the younger and not so younger guests!!!! Staying at the Zoo Lodge afterwards was the perfect end to a perfect day.

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