Reptile Village


Touch a snake, learn how a chameleon catches its prey. From geckos to giant spiders, the Reptile Village in Gowran, County Kilkenny will be a sure fire hit with the family.

Reptile Zoo Wonders

Reptile Village is Ireland’s only reptile zoo and has around 50 cold-blooded species on display for all to see. You’ll soon be oohing and aahing along with the children at the fascinating sights around you. As well as marvelling at these creatures you can also handle some of them under the watchful eye of the curator at the centre. Look at crocodiles, chameleons, snakes, geckos and iguanas.

History of the Village

The project was started in March 2006 by the owner James Hennessy and continues today to provide a fascinating insight in to reptiles. James has studied and observed reptiles in many parts of the world including North Africa, Indonesia, Canada and India.

Conservation Efforts

The Reptile Village helps to raise funds for King Cobra Research in India – enabling researchers to document and conserve these beautiful and deadly creatures. Funds are also raised at the Reptile Village for Green Anaconda Research in Venezuela. The largest snake in the world, the Green Anaconda is being researched and its basic biology has been studied by Jesus Rivas since 1992. Donations taken on your day out, no matter how small, will help these scientists develop a greater understanding of these amazing creatures.

Highlight of the Day

Touching the reptiles is an incredible experience for the young members of your family and one that will be remembered for many years to come.

Further Information

Nearest train station : Kilkenny
Car parking : Yes
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