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Belfast Zoo Belfast Zoological Gardens, Antrim Road, Belfast



Opening Times

April - September 10am - 7pm daily Last admission is at 5pm Animal houses close at 6pm


028 9077 6277

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Originally known as The Bellevue Zoo, Belfast Zoo is set amidst beautiful woodland on the spectacular hillside of Cave Hill, affording stunning views over Belfast City. With good sized enclosures for the animals which range from elephants, lions and tigers to sealions, penguins and chimpanzees, and after much expansion over recent years, it can boast to be one of the most up to date zoos in Europe.

Home to more than a thousand animals and 150 species, come and visit Belfast Zoo and learn all about them!

Animal residents include giraffes, elephants, spider monkeys, gibbons, kangaroos, lions and bears.

Bird Park

The recently refurbished Bird Park contains many exotic and endangered birds, including blue-bellied rollers, hornbills and white-crested turacos.

Giraffe and elephant enclosure

Thanks to a successful European breeding programme, the zoo is home to a large herd of Rothchild's giraffes. A total of 28 giraffes have been born at the zoo since 1996. In 2011, we welcomed three new giraffes - Daisy from Denmark, Finn from Fota Wildlife Park in Cork and Sandsteen from Dublin Zoo.

Other animals you may find in the giraffe and elephant enclosure include ostriches and Grant's zebras. You can also see meerkats, Visayan warty pigs and cape porcupines near the entrance to the enclosure.

Rainforest House

The Rainforest House is a walk-through exhibition with tropical landscaping and a constant temperature of 27 degrees.

Animals housed in the Rainforest House include:

20 Rodrigues fruit bats
Fulvous whistling ducks
Nicobar pigeons
greater necklace laughing thrush.

Lake side

The stunning lake side is the first main area you will see on your visit to the zoo. The area contains picnic tables, a play park and a farm.

It is home to animals such as sitatunga, crowned cranes, Demoiselle cranes and Chilean flamingos.

Plants and gardens

Belfast Zoo is located on Cave Hill and offers stunning views over Belfast Lough. The 55 acre site contains a rich variety of plants and gardens. Native trees include hawthorn, rowan, silver birch, yew and ash. Plants are an important part of the zoo, as the animals rely on them for food and shelter. The animals also help the plants to survive, by helping with the dispersal of seeds.


Adult (18+): £10 Child (4-17 years): £5 Child (under 4): Free Seniors: £5


Free car parking (but during peak periods the car park is often full by midday. Please contact the Zoo directly for alternative parking arrangements.) Baby changing facilities Disabled toilet facilities are also available, and mobility scooters can be hired - but must be booked in advance.

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