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Castle Espie Wetland Centre, County Down

Zoos, Animal Parks and Nature Reserves

Get up close to our wonderful wildlife, marine life and bird life at top attractions around Northern Ireland, or simply enjoy a a stroll and relax at one of our many nature reserves. 

Spend a day at Belfast Zoo, which provides a safe haven to over 1,000 animals and 150 species, or feed the ducks, geese and swans at Castle Espie Wetland Centre on the shores of Strangford Lough.  You can also pet the cuddly animals at one of our many open farms or learn about our incredible fish life at Riverwatch Aquarium in Derry~Londonderry.

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WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Comber, Newtownards

Ireland's largest collection of ducks, geese and swans. Viewing from hides, waterfowl gardens, woodland walks. Extended gardens and woodlands with a gift shop, home made food, art gallery and coffee shop.

Crom Estate, Newtownbutler, Enniskillen

Set on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Crom is one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas.

Murlough National Nature Reserve, Dundrum, Newcastle

Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland’s first Nature Reserve since 1967. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching.

Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle

Oak wood from Tollymore Forest Park was used for the interiors of the White Star liners which included the Titanic. A walk along the Shimna River is marked by many curiosities, natural and artificial - rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves.

Mullenakill & Annagariff Wood Nature Reserves, Dungannon

Mullenakill and Annagariff Wood Nature Reserves are located at Peatlands Park and are home to a wide variety of plant and animal life.

Crom Estate For Walking, Newtownbutler, Enniskillen

One of Ireland's most important conservation areas, Crom is home to a wealth of wildlife. Discover it whether you are fishing, woodland walking, butterfly spotting or bird watching.

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