Belfast Zoo

Swing by with your ‘little monkeys’ for a ZOOPER day out

A number of safety measures will be in place on site to keep visitors, staff and animals safe, and tickets must be pre-booked in advance via a telephone booking system.

Belfast Zoological Gardens is located in North Belfast on the slopes of Cave Hill. This unique location provides unrivalled views across Belfast Lough with only a 15 minute drive from the city centre.

The 55 acre site is home to more than 130 species, many of which are facing increasing dangers in their natural habitats. The zoo carries out vital conservation work, both in Northern Ireland and around the world, taking part in global and collaborative breeding programmes which help to ensure the future survival of species under threat.

Meet the animals:
Asian elephants and Rothschild’s giraffe herd
Barbary lion pride and Sumatran tigers
California sea lions and penguins
Ring-tailed lemurs and crowned sifakas
Western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees and Moloch gibbons
Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo Andean bears and Malayan sun bears
Red panda
Linne’s two-toed sloth
Giant anteaters
Malayan tapirs
Native species including red squirrels, barn owls and Irish black honeybee
The reptile and amphibian house

You can also meet the zoo’s newest residents born during lockdown. Among them is Ronan, an endangered Rothschild's giraffe calf, a Southern pudu and two Scottish wildcat kittens.

The zoo café will be offering takeaway service only.
Other measures in place include limiting the number of daily visitors, a one-way system and social distancing signage, as well as hand sanitiser stations and protective screens at all public contact points.

To book tickets and secure your slot for visiting, call Belfast Zoo on 028 90776277.

Opening times

Summer 10:00 - 18:00
Last admission is 17:00
Animal houses close at 18:00
The Zoovenir Shop closes at 18:00
The zoo closes at 18:00

Winter 10:00 - 16:00
Last admission is 14:30
Animal houses close at 15:00
The Zoovenir Shop closes at 16:00

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Getting to the start by car

The zoo is only a 15 minute drive from Belfast city centre. If you are travelling from Belfast, take junction 2 off the M2 motorway and follow the signs to the zoo.

Directions from Town:
In the Northern Quarter of Belfast, located 4 miles from the City Centre.

Price from £

Admission type
Price with donation: Adult (aged 17 and above) £13 . Price without donation: £12.50
Child (aged four to 16) with donation £6.50, £6.25 without donation
Child (under four years) Free
Student** & Seniors**
With donation: £6.75, £6.50 without donation
Carer*** Free
Family Day ticket
(Max 2 adults, 3 children) £36.75, £35 (without donation)
*Children 16 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.
** Only valid when you produce a valid photographic student identification card, senior citizen's card, Translink yLink card or other acceptable identification.
*** You must provide proof in the form of documentation to show that you are in receipt of carer’s allowance, a doctor’s letter or other relevant paperwork. Alternatively the visitor who requires a carer can provide evidence of their disability. If you require more information, call us on 028 9077 6277 (extension 201).

Group rates are available.



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