It's also one of the world's oldest zoos, welcoming its first guests in 1831.
Home to over 400 animals across 70 acres of diverse habitat, the Himalayan Hills are the newest addition to this constantly evolving attraction. A participant in breeding programmes for over 35 species, the zoo also supports over 25 conservation projects around the world.
For a petting zoo experience, head to Newbridge House or Airfield Farm, two family-friendly farms that score highly with adults too. Newbridge House in North County Dublin is an irresistible combination of 18th century Georgian mansion on 370 acres with a working farm, exciting playground and café.
Closer to the city, and accessible by Luas, Airfield Estate is a haven for furry friends, food lovers and gardeners. The urban farm is a tranquil pocket of suburbia, with an environmentally sustainable farming model and the chance to get up close and personal with sheep, pigs, goats and chickens. There’s a great café and restaurant on site too.
From forest-covered mountains to long stretches of coastline, there's plenty more of Dublin’s nature and wildlife to explore.