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. In 2010, Belfast Zoo is now one of the leading visitor attractions in Northern Ireland, with more than 304,000 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.

Other onsite facilities include the Ark Cafe, snack bar, 'Zoovenir Shop', children's playground and designated picnic areas. The zoo also runs a regular programme of special events through the year.

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


Summer (April 1 to September 30)
10am to 7pm. Last admission is 5pm. Animal houses close at 6pm. The Ark Café and confectionery kiosk all close at 5.30pm.
The Zoovenir Shop closes at 6pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekends.

Winter (October 1 to March 31)
10am to 4pm. Last admission is 2.30pm. Animal houses close at 3.30pm. The Zoovenir Shop closes at 4pm and the Ark Café closes at 3.30pm.
The confectionery kiosk is closed from October to March.

Zoo admission prices October to March
Adult - £8.20
Concession rates - Children aged between 4 and 17, Senior Citizens and Students - £4.10
Children under four and carers - Free
Family Day Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 children) - £22
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Summer (April 1 to September 30)
•10am to 6pm - Monday to Friday
•10am to 7pm - Saturday and Sunday
•Last admission is 5pm
•Animal houses close at 6pm.
•The Zoovenir Shop closes at 6pm.

Winter (October 1 to March 31)
•10am to 4pm daily
•Last admission is 2.30pm
•Animal houses close at 3.30pm.
•The Zoovenir Shop closes at 4pm.


Valid until 30 September 2013

Adult (aged 18 and above) £10.50
Child* (aged four to 17) £5.25
Children under four years Free
Student £5.25
Senior** (60 years and older) £5.25
Family ticket (two adults and two children) £28

Individual membership (adult) £31.50
Individual membership (children and over 60s) £15.75
Family membership (two adults and three children) £85

Reductions for parties of 25 or more £9.45 (adults) and £4.70 (children)
Education rate (bookings necessary) £9.45 (adults) and £4.70 (children)

*Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

**Only valid with the production of a senior citizen's card or other acceptable identification.

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.
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