Dublin Zoo, Dublin

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To explore diverse animal habitats from the fringes of the Arctic to the African plains, visit Dublin Zoo. Founded in 1831, the zoo covers nearly 30 hectares (70 acres) and houses about 100 different species of animals. Boasting a renowned lion-breeding program, which dates back to the middle of the 19th century, the zoo plays an important role in the global efforts to conserve the world's endangered and threatened species. You can visit hundreds of animals spread across eight different habitats housing birds, bats, monkeys, crocodiles, tigers, turtles, and giraffes. Be sure to look in on the zoo's family farm, designed to teach visitors about modern Irish farming. Make Dublin Zoo a centerpiece of your Dublin vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Dublin trip generator.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Had a fantastic day at the zoo with three children under 8. Bring a raincoat, a picnic and a light pushchair if you have anyone under 5! There is a lot of walking involved and they tire out quickly! T...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    We had a nice day. They don't have to many animals you won't find in other zoo's, but the park looks nice, is clean, you can watch the animals from nearby and we liked it overall.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Had great fun at the zoo, good way to spend a few hours, was unable to see a few animals as they were high up in their habitats and couldn't get anywhere to see them at the top but it was great fun, l...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    Excellent day out. Best zoo I've ever been to. All the animals look healthy and alert. Its a lovely walk through with lots of plants and trees from each animals natural habitat. There's a wonderful children's playground and lots of rest stops. There's reasonable priced food and beverages at the couple of cafes, an ice cream stand and vending machines with cans, bottles, sweets, chocolate and crisps. Lots of photo opportunities at the kiddies petting zoo. Would definitely recommend a trip there.
  • June 14, 2017
    I have to say that Dublin zoo is one of the best in Europe. It has a wide range of animals with good viewing points for the us. It has plenty of places to stop and have a picnic and a good few playgrounds for the little one to burn off the fizzy drinks. We went on a sad day that the big gorilla died so that was the only area that was quiet but the baby gorillas could be seen playing. With every type of animal ,bird and insect with clean areas and shops and restaurants you will have a lovely day out weather permitting.
  • May 10, 2017
    A must visit for anyone going to Dublin, especially if the weather is good. It entails a long walk but a walk that is filled with various amazing and unique animals along the way. The layout of the Zoo is fantastic and you are given a map when you enter. Prices to enter are reasonable considering the value you can get depending on your experience there. Prices in the stores in the Zoo can be slightly high.
  • July 8, 2017
    Zoo is quite big and can spend half a day there easily. It has restaurants and rest rooms everywhere so nothing to worry. Would prefer to take food along with us rather than buying there due to the amount of time that goes standing in the queue for food. We spent a good half an hour to 45 mins waiting for food.
  • June 23, 2017
    The African plains are very nice but the spaces in the old part of the zoo are very small and mostly just filled with neatly kept gardens. It's a great place to spend the day walking around but maybe a bit overpriced for just exercise. Overall clean and organized.

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Dublin offers everything from luxury hotels to eclectic guesthouses. Explore over 1,000 years of history in the city on foot by staying at one of the hotels or hostels in the city center. The south side of the river has always been a popular place to stay, particularly near Temple University or the tourist nightlife center Temple Bar, but a new crop of attractive options has popped up on the north side as well. For more affordable accommodations, try a hostel or make your way toward St. Stephen's Green for a more comfortable stay at a mid-range hotel. If the artistic spirit of Dublin is what beckoned you, spend your holiday in a guesthouse near the creative Lower Gardiner Street.
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