Belfast Zoo

'Winner' of Best Visitor Experience, NITA Awards 2013

Belfast Zoological Gardens is home to more than 140 species of animal, many of which are in danger in their natural habitat. The zoo also carries out important conservation work and takes part in over 90 European and global collaborative breeding programmes which help to ensure the survival of many species under threat.

As one of the oldest visitor attractions in Northern Ireland, many visitors have fond memories of visiting the gardens, which have been home to the animals since 1934. Belfast Zoo is now one of the leading visitor attractions in Northern Ireland attracting around 250,000 visitors a year.

Popular attractions include the Asian elephants, giraffes, sea lions, penguins, ring-tailed lemurs, apes, monkeys, Malayan tapirs, Giant anteater, Malayan sun bears, Visayan warty pigs, Barbary lions and Sumatran tigers. Our rainforest exhibit creates an authentic immersive environment that combines tropical plants with unusual animals such as Jasmine, the Linne's two toes Sloth and Rodrigues fruit bats.

The newly developed Adventurers’ Learning Centre offers modern play equipment all while learning more about animals at Belfast Zoo, native species and biodiversity.

Winner, 'Visitor Inspired' category, NI Tourism Awards 2011.
Highly commended, ‘Best Visitor Experience’ category, NI Tourism Awards 2010.

NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

OPENING HOURS 21 March - 30 September 2016
10:00 to 19:00. Last admission is 17:00. Animal houses close at 15:30. The Zoovenir Shop closes at 16:00

OPENING HOURS 1 October 2016 - 31 March 2017
10:00 to 16:00. Last admission is 14:30. Animal houses close at 18:00. The Zoovenir Shop closes at 18:00


Adult (18+) £12
Concession rates - Children aged between 4 and 17, Seniors & Students, £6
Children under four - Free
Family Day Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 children) - £32

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

George Best Belfast City Airport Tourist Information Desk

Location / Directions

In the Northern Quarter of Belfast, located 4 miles from the City Centre.
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Picnic Area
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Parking Available
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • Family Discount
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