Dublin Zoo

Image of animals that are in Dublin Zoo in County Dublin
  • Family friendly
  • Cloudy days
No family day out in Dublin would be complete without a visit to Dublin Zoo, in the Phoenix Park. It’s a fun filled, stimulating day out for all the family and a place to learn about wild animals, especially those which are endangered, and see them in an environment similar to their native habitat.

Dublin Zoo, located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, is Ireland’s most popular family attraction. Opened in 1831, it is one of the world’s oldest and most popular zoos, home to some 400+ animals on 70 acres. Animals at Dublin Zoo live enriched lives in natural social groups, they are fit and healthy, able to breed and raise their own young. They can be observed in naturalistic spaces with vegetation, substrate and water features that reflects their native habitat.

Roam the African Savanna and spot giraffes, rhinos and zebras as you go. Hang out with the gorillas at the new Gorilla Rainforest, then travel through the Kaziranga Forest Trail to see the magnificent herd of Asian elephants. The Asian Forest is the newest development to open at Dublin Zoo where visitors can see Asian lion cubs, Sumatran tigers and Sulawesi crested macaques in a natural setting.

There are plenty of amazing animals to discover including orangutans, hippos, bats, rare monkeys, meerkats, chimpanzees, red pandas and reptiles to name but a few! Conservation is an important part of Dublin Zoo’s work, and as a registered charity the zoo relies on the generosity of friends and visitors to help fund the internationally acclaimed education, conservation and breeding programmes.

Dublin Zoo is easily accessible by car or public transport and open all year round from 9.30am daily so be sure to get there early and pack everything into one fun filled family day! Last admission each day is one hour before closing time.

Facilities include shop, restaurant, café and kiosks. Most of Dublin Zoo is accessible by people with disabilities. New manual wheelchairs are available on request. Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In Winter look out for Wild Lights, the spectacular night-time experience at Dublin Zoo.

Dublin Zoo combines education and conservation for an exciting and unforgettable experience.

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