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Address: Antrim Road | Antrim Road, Newtownabbey BT36 7PN, Northern Ireland
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Belfast Zoo is located in north Belfast. The zoo's 55 acre site is home to...

Belfast Zoo is located in north Belfast. The zoo's 55 acre site is home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species.

The majority of our animals are in danger in their natural habitat.

The zoo also carries out important conservation work and takes part in European and international breeding programmes which help to ensure the survival of many species under threat.

Belfast Zoo is one of the top fee-paying visitor attraction in Northern Ireland, receiving more than 300,000 visitors a year.

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A great experience made even better by brilliant staff.

We took my 90 yr old mother in law to the zoo for the Giraffe feeding experience as part of her birthday celebrations. A normally fully mobile woman she had sprained her ankle a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best thing about the zoo is its staff. All zoos have animals but what makes Belfast Zoo special is the way the keepers are happy to chat and tell you all about the animals they care for. We heard lovely stories about the tigers, the Malayan sun bears and the rockhopper penguins in particular. The zoo itself is set... More 

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Belfast
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took my 90 yr old mother in law to the zoo for the Giraffe feeding experience as part of her birthday celebrations. A normally fully mobile woman she had sprained her ankle a week previously and disaster loomed. The zoo staff could not have been more helpful and saved the day by providing a golf buggy ride to make... More 

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Kolkata
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Around three minutes' drive from Belfast Castle is Belfast Zoo, set on 55 acres with views over Belfast Lough and home to more than 140 species of animals. Dating from 1934, this is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Northern Ireland and has been extensively upgraded in recent years. Nowadays in excess of 300,000 people visit annually. Highlights include... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Would highly recommend as a day out for anyone in Belfast who loves animals. There are lots of different species and so many animals to see including all the ones you would want - lions, elephants, giraffes, tigers, bears etc. Enclosures looked very good for the animals. Zoo staff were very friendly and welcoming. Even though our visit was in... More 

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BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Belfast Zoo and for your lovely review. We are delighted to receive such glowing praise and hope to welcome you back again in the summer! More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Zoo is great for all ages! As we only live round the corner we have been a good few times but never fails to disappoint. Encloses are always clean and very spacious! Always easy to see the animals. It is up a very steep hill so make sure you've got your walking zoos on!

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BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Belfast Zoo. We are delighted to hear that you are regular visitors to the zoo (and neighbours) and hope that you will return again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Went with the kids and they really enjoyed it, great selection of animals and a big area to go for a walk in as well, would suit anyone with kids

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BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Belfast Zoo and for your lovely feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming your family back to Belfast Zoo again in the future! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

A brilliant zoo. They have a wide variety of animals all of which have information signposted about them. My only criticism would be that as it is situated on a mountain the walk around the zoo is very steep and very chilly at the top, but that does not take anything away from the amazing work the zoo has done... More 

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BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Belfast Zoo and for taking the time to write a review of your day. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and got the chance to see many of our animals during your time here. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and we look forward... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

I brought my two daughters here for a half term trip. Definitely a place to visit. Need comfortable trainers as lots of walking and steep slopes!! Need to wrap up well and have a brolly. The girls live the elephants and lions. Good zoo but needs some tlc.

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BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

We are delighted that you and your daughters enjoyed a visit to Belfast Zoo during half term! We are also pleased to hear that they were particular fans of our Asian elephants and Barbary lions. We are home to three Asian elephants called Yhetto, Dhunja and Tina and three lions named Qays, Fidda and Theibba. Thank you for the taking... More 

Derry, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This Zoo has got better over the years especially with the new play area for children. The steep hills to the top are a workout on their own and not suitable for unfit people. The views at the top of the Zoo of around the surrounding area are simply breathtaking on a sunny day and must be experienced first hand... More 

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BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and the improvements which have been made to the zoo in recent years, including our new play facility, the Adventurers’ Learning Centre. Our Cave Hill site certainly provides unrivaled views of the city and we are glad that you got to enjoy these during your time at the zoo. Thanks... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Upon visiting the zoo with my family we were very disappointed with the lack of animals. A number of the enclosures were empty, not really worth the money. The cafeteria felt dated with a very limited menu. It's a shame as there's a lot of potential here, it feels like it needs major funding. The backdrop however is beautiful.

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BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

We were extremely sorry to hear that your family were disappointed during your recent visit to Belfast Zoo. We are home to 120 species at Belfast Zoo, many of which are facing increasing threats in their natural habitat. We work collaboratively with zoos around the world to ensure their future survival. We try to make enclosures as natural as possible... More 

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