Belfast zoo


Belfast zoo is a great family day out that you will all enjoy. Located on cave hill it stretches over 55 acres. It is home to more than 1000 animals such as the Barbary lions, Asian elephants, Malayan sun bears, spider monkeys, red kangaroos, Rothschild’s giraffes and many more all live at Belfast zoo.

Take a walk around the bird park and see all the exotic birds and the large variety of species that live there. Take a walk to the elephant and giraffe enclosure where you will also spot the ostriches and zebras all living in close proximity.

Enjoy some of the shows and get up close to the animals as they perform for your entertainment.


Toilets-The zoo has many baby changing and disabled toilets all over zoo.

Food and drink- There are many food and drink facilities at Belfast zoo.

The Lion’s den restaurant: The restaurant serves both hot and cold meals, coffee and cakes. It is the main restaurant at the zoo.

The Treetop Tearoom: Open from 11-5 the tearoom is primarily sandwiches, tea, coffee and cakes.

Picnic lunches can be pre ordered and are supplied by the zoo. It is Ideal for large groups.

A child’s picnic lunch costs £4.95 and includes:

A freshly made sandwich, bag of crisps or fruit and a carton of juice.

An adult picnic costs £5.95 and includes:

A deep filled sandwich with a bag of crisps or a piece of fruit and a choice of tea, coffee or a bottle of water.

Zoovenir shop. The Zoos gift shop is quite good value for money. It sells a number of gifts and souvenirs such as: Ethically-sourced soft toys and Fairtrade products, Key rings and stationary along with sweets and chocolates.

Opening Hours

Summer (April 1 to September 30)

The zoo opens between 10am to 7pm – Monday to Sunday, with the last admission at 5pm. The animal houses and the shop close at 6pm.

Winter (October 1 to March 31)

The zoo opens at 10am to 4pm daily, with the last admission at 2.30. Animal houses close at 3 and the shop closes at 4pm.

Admission Prices

Adult (aged 18 and above)       £11

Child* (aged four to 17)            £5.50

Children under four years         Free

Student                                         £5.50

Senior** (60 years and older)   £5.50

Family day ticket (up to two adults and three children)


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  1. Freddie says:

    Loved our visit to the zoo! Very reasonably priced. Went mid week, zoo was very quiet which was excellent for us, gave us a chance to see all the animals and makes a change from being swamped by groups of school children. Lots of animals to see and good viewing areas. Some areas could with a little refurbishment but would still highly recommend if in the area!

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