Belfast Zoo was originally opened in 1934 and it suffered some decline during the Second World War and in 1974 work was begun on the new modern zoo which was built and supported by Belfast City Council who provide £1.5 m per annum to help run and promote the zoo. Like most modern zoos, Belfast Zoo has an active programme of education and conservation through its various breeding programmes.
Being about half the size of Dublin Zoo, Belfast Zoo is well laid out with various walks but be prepared it is sited on a reasonably steep hill which may pose problems for some visitors.
Visiting Belfast Zoo
Are you barmy about bears, potty about penguins or mad about monkeys? Then make sure you see your favourite animal at feeding time or at one of the Zoos talks.
Adventurers’ can jump on board to cross crocodile creek, tunnel through meerk at mound or slither to snake island at the zoo’s play area, the Adventurers’ Learning Centre.
The Belfast Zoo boasts two café’s offering a range of hot and cold food, snacks and drinks. The Lion’s Den Restaurant and The Treetop Tearoom provide a variety of food and stunning views. They can also organise a picnic lunch for you with perfect views over Belfast from the picnic areas.
Thanks to a successful European breeding programme, the zoo is home to a large herd of Rothchild’s giraffes. The Rainforest House is a walk-through exhibition with tropical landscaping and a constant temperature of 27 degrees.
Belfast Zoo Opening Hours
- Summer – 3rd April to 1st October Open 10am – 6pm (last entry 4.30pm).
- Winter – 2nd October to 2nd April Open 10am – 4pm (last entry 2.30pm).
Belfast Zoo Admission Prices
Booking Online – You can book online here through the booking link directly to the Belfast Zoo
Family Fun Tip for Visiting Belfast Zoo
Car parking is available at the zoo, but it can get full by late morning during busy periods. If you are planning to visit when it is likely to be busy and if you are not going to arrive early, it might be an idea to call Belfast Zoo beforehand for advice on alternative car parking. The number is 028 9077 6277 ext 201
Directions To Belfast Zoo
- By Car
- By Bus
- By Train
The nearest train station is Whiteabbey Station and that is about 3 miles from the zoo
Support The Belfast Zoo
There are lots of ways you can show your support for Belfast Zoo. These include:
- adopting an animal
- joining Friends of the zoo
- becoming a member of Belfast Zoo
- taking part in our Keeper for a Day programme
- exploring our corporate partnership opportunities
Assisting the zoo in this way helps them care for the animals and continue their important conservation work.The growth in human population and changes to the environment means the danger to animals is even greater than before.