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The Clifton Pavilion Events

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About this venue

Situated in the former Bristol Zoo Gardens, The Clifton Pavilion is perfect for everything from conferences or team meetings to the office Christmas party, with a variety of spaces available.

Guests will love the elegant rooms and the charming 1920s architecture of the Clifton Pavilion. To top it off, the catering option does not disappoint – expect fantastic seasonal food for lunch or dinner, morning or afternoon refreshments, and top-drawer hospitality from start to finish.

Event Spaces

The Clifton Pavilion offers a variety of space to suit your event, with great audiovisual facilities and plenty of syndicate space.

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    Clifton Suite

    Capacity: 120

    On the first floor adjoining the Lecture Theatre, this space features a balcony overlooking the spectacular former Zoo grounds. Ideal for receptions or dinners.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Wi-Fi
    • Great Views
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    Lecture Theatre

    Capacity: 119

    With tiered seating and full audiovisual, this space is ideal for seminars and presentations.

    • Lecturn
    • PA System
    • Screen & Stage
    • Page 7 Council Room

    Council Room

    Capacity: 22

    Well-lit space with direct access to the balcony overlooking the former Zoo grounds. Ideal for board meetings.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Screen
    • Wi-Fi
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    Garden Room

    Capacity: 150

    With a private bar and French doors opening onto the former Zoo grounds, this is great for Christmas parties, awards dinners and conferences.

    • Bar
    • Cloakroom
    • Natural Daylight
    • Members Room Dimensions

    Members Room

    Capacity: 150

    A great space for team planning sessions, board meetings or conference breakout space, with doors opening directly into the former zoo grounds.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Screen
    • Wi-Fi

    Wild Place Project

    Capacity: 22

    Found in a separate location just off the M5, this is a great place for team building activities and company away days, including freshly made lunches.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Wi-Fi
    • Unique Space

Capacity at a Glance

Event Space Reception Theatre Boardroom UShape Dinner / Dance Cab Lunch / Dinner Max Capacity
Clifton Suite 120 120 50 50 120 90 120 120
Lecture Theatre - 119 - - - - - 119
Council Room 20 - 22 - 22 - 22 22
Garden Room 150 120 50 50 90 70 90 150
Members Room - 15 12 - - - 12 150
Wild Place Project 22 22 - - - - 22 22


The Clifton Pavilion, situated in the former Bristol Zoo Gardens, close to Bristol city centre, is a short walk from Clifton Down train station and within 7 miles of Bristol International Airport. It’s also accessible by car, with 250 onsite parking spaces and the M32 just a couple of miles away.


  • Clifton Down 0.5 Miles
  • M32 JCT 3 2.4 Miles
  • Car Parking: Onsite (250 spaces)
  • Bristol International Airport 6.4 Miles
  • Nearest electric car charging: Clifton Triangle West End Car Park, BS8 1EH - 1.2 miles


College Road, Clifton, Bristol, Bristol, BS8 3HH

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    Ways to be Well

    Our nutritionally designed menus have been created by incorporating a holistic approach to nutrition and wellbeing with a focus on how they can support both physical and mental wellbeing.


  • Good To Go England

    This venue has been awarded the ‘Good To Go’ UK industry mark, the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business can demonstrate they are following the government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

  • Beam Blue Terms Of Ethics Logo

    This venue is a member of beam, formerly the HBAA, meaning quality assurance for event bookers. It champions best practice, ethical working and sound commercial judgement.

  • MIA

    This venue is accredited by The Meetings Industry Association (mia), providing each of its clients with the assurance of excellence in business meetings and events across service, safety, health and responsibility.

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    All of our venues have been allocated Venue Directory’s Green Accreditation. Having this Green Accreditation demonstrates all of our venue’s commitment to sustainability, allowing you to book with confidence that it will be as environmentally friendly as possible and with the assurance that our venues are a greener choice for your event.

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Meeting rooms

The Clifton Pavilion meeting rooms, managed by Bristol Zoo Hospitality, can offer large entertaining rooms, small boardroom style spaces and a fully fitted lecture theatre.

It’s also possible to hire a variety of spaces, which are popular for large staff parties or summer performances.

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Conference rooms

The Clifton Pavilion conference venue, a completely unique conference space featuring five rooms over two floors, all of which benefit from natural daylight.

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The Clifton Pavilion is one of the most unique wedding venues in Bristol. It provides the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and evening parties thanks to its unique location, set in the beautiful grounds of Bristol Zoo. Built in the 1920’s, the building’s graceful architecture offers elegant rooms with beautiful views overlooking the west lawn and flamingos.

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Restaurant Associates

Restaurant Associates are proud to work with some of the UK’s most iconic and unique venues, from Tudor castles to contemporary art galleries. Their food philosophy is underpinned by their commitment to championing sustainability through seasonal menus and ethically sourced British produce. They deliver everything from intimate receptions to grand dinners, parties, exhibitions, conferences and meetings, and believe in making every event extraordinary.  

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This venue recognises the risks posed to the planet from climate change and the consequences of this change being felt by people all around the world. That is why they operate a Meetings For Change promise: 

  • We believe in using fresh, seasonal products

    We aim for 80% of the ingredients on our menus to be British grown. All the chicken and milk we serve is Red Tractor assured. 

  • We believe in the power of plants

    We offer plant-forward menus, with a choice of great-tasting alternative proteins. 

  • We believe in zero waste 

    Whatever we’re cooking for your meeting or event, our approach is root-to-stem, nose-to-tail. We use recycled and reusable packaging wherever we can. 

  • We believe in ethical sourcing 

    Our teas and coffees come from responsible suppliers. Our chocolate is Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified. 

  • We believe in protecting our planet 

    Our climate promise is to reach Net Zero by 2030.  In addition, this venue has further sustainable priorities. Please contact a venue expert for more information.