Northern Ireland Sights



Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo Review

From the superstar Chilean flamingos and Sumatran tigers to West African chimps and giant anteaters, you can enjoy the spectacle of over 150 types of the world's most exotic creatures on a visit to Belfast Zoo. Great strides have transformed this place into a friendly environment for the animals. Note that it's on the steep side of Cave Hill and getting around the zoo involves a strenuous uphill walk for even the most energetic (not ideal for anyone with mobility problems)—a stroller would be advisable for small children. A popular attraction at the Rainforest House, a walk-through exhibition with dense tropical landscaping, is the toco toucan, with its huge, bright, yellow-orange bill. The zoo is also noted for its children's farm and underwater views of the resident penguins and sea lions. During 2013 a new playground opened featuring animal sculptures as well as a giraffe's grassland, elephant island, bear's bridge, gorilla glade, piranha pool, and crocodile creek. The Treetop Tearoom affords the perfect view over Belfast Lough and is surrounded by the Malayan sun bear and cheetah. It's near Belfast Castle—just hop on a pink Metrobus (Number 1A, 1B, 1C, or 1D) at Donegall Square West, by City Hall.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Antrim Rd., Belfast, BT36 7PN | Map It
  • Phone: 028/9077–6277
  • Cost: £10
  • Hours: Apr.–Sept., daily 10–5; Oct.–Mar., daily 10–2:30
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  • Location: Belfast
Updated: 04-10-2013

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