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Belfast Zoo
Asian elephant at Belfast zoo
Barbary lion

Belfast Zoological Gardens is located in North Belfast on the slopes of Cave Hill. This unique location provides unrivalled views across Belfast Lough with only a 15-minute drive from the city centre. The 55 acre site is home to more than 130 species, many of which are facing increasing dangers in their natural habitats.

The zoo carries out vital conservation work, both in Northern Ireland and around the world, taking part in global and collaborative breeding programmes which help to ensure the future survival of species under threat.

As one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most popular visitor attractions, the zoo provides a ‘ZOOPER’ day out for all.

Swing by with your ‘little monkeys’ to explore the new reptile and amphibian house, waddle over to visit the penguins and other favourites at feeding time and pick up a special ‘zoovenir’ at the photography base camp. You can also visit all of the latest arrivals, including Ballygilbert the Rothschild’s giraffe calf, three gorilla babies and many more!

Meet the animals:

New reptile and amphibian house

Asian elephants and Rothschild’s giraffe herd

Barbary lion pride and Sumatran tigers

California sea lions and penguins

Ring-tailed lemurs and crowned sifakas

Western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees and Moloch gibbons

Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo

Andean bears and Malayan sun bears

Red panda

Linne’s two-toed sloth

Giant anteaters

Malayan tapirs

Native species including red squirrels, barn owls and Irish honey bee (arriving summer 2017)

Ever fancied feeding a penguin, having lunch with a lemur or getting up close to a herd of giraffes? Walk on the wild side and make your day out even more memorable with a penguin, giraffe or ring-tailed lemur experience.The zoo delivers a daily programme of animal feeding times. If you are potty about penguins, mad about monkeys or barmy about bears, then don’t forget to visit your favourite animal at feeding time. Book your experience today by calling 028 9077 6277.

Adventurers’ can jump on board to cross crocodile creek, tunnel through meerkat mound or slither to snake island at the zoo’s play area, the Adventurers’ Learning Centre. This exciting new £430,000 facility is the perfect adventure for your little explorers as part of your zoo experience.

Planning a party? Celebrate with Belfast Zoo’s party animals with new party packages available!

Belfast Zoo runs events throughout the year. Visit to find out what’s on when you are planning to visit the zoo.

Group bookings

Education services

Annual membership

Animal adoption

Birthday party packages

Gift vouchers

Quiet hour (for visitors on the autism spectrum, their friends and family) and accessibility

Opening times


10:00 - 19:00

Last admission is 17:00

Animal houses close at 18:00

The Zoovenir Shop closes at 18:00


10:00 - 16:00

Last admission is 14:30

Animal houses close at 15:00

The Zoovenir Shop closes at 16:00

Price list

Admission type Price with donation Price without donation

Adult (aged 17 and above) £13 £12.50

Child (aged four to 16) £6.50 £6.25

Child (under four years) Free

Student** £6.50 £6.25

Seniors** £6.50 £6.25

Carer*** Free

Family day ticket

(Max 2 adults, 3 children) £33.50 £33

Group discounts available


  • Family Discount
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • Parking Available
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Euro Accepted
  • Picnic Area
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

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  • Family Discount
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • Parking Available
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Euro Accepted
  • Picnic Area
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
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Belfast Zoo

Antrim Road
County Antrim
BT36 7PN
Phone number
T: (028) 9077 6277
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