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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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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.

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.

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.

Scrabo Country Park, Newtownards

This scenic country park is situated around the upper slopes and top of Scrabo Hill near Newtownards and boasts panoramic views over Strangford Lough and the surrounding countryside.

Castle Archdale Country Park, Irvinestown, Enniskillen

Numerous nature trails, Lough side and woodland walks and cycle trails run throughout this beautiful country park which is located on the shores of lower Lough Erne.

Crawfordsburn Country Park, Helen's Bay,

With two excellent beaches, spectacular scenery and views across Belfast Lough, tranquil walks through peaceful meadows and wooded glens and a stunning waterfall, Crawfordsburn Country Park provides a relaxing natural retreat.

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