The National Reptile Zoo, Gowran

4.4
#4 of 13 in Outdoors in County Kilkenny
At The National Reptile Zoo, you'll find dozens of exhibits and animals. Open year round, the zoo includes tropical walk-through habitat, animal encounter zone, outdoor & indoor picnic areas, souvenir shop, snack bar, and soft play area. It's the ideal place for keeping the entire family both educated and entertained. Go to the website to adopt an animal, take the virtual tour, and find out more. Using our world travel planner, Gowran attractions like The National Reptile Zoo can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We visited with friends, mainly adults and one seven year old. I would say we all enjoyed our visit, as we are all still talking about it months later. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpfu...  more »
  • A wonderful little place with lots to see, the staff made the experience fun and educational, the way they spoke to children and got their attention kindly while sharing the rules of the dome was grea...  more »
  • a very interesting visit with loads to see definitely recomend a way to pass a couple of hours during a rainy day in ireland  more »
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  • Bit on the small side but still worth a visit. Kids enjoyed it and that's all that matters. Alligators are seriously impressive and nice to get to see one. Not sure if you can see them fully formed like that anywhere else.
  • Really interesting and fun zoo. Would be a brilliant place to bring kids. The best part was walking through the part with the loose lizards and tortoises, very cool to be so close to such interesting creatures! Also got to hold a snake, which was very scary but I got to conquer a major fear!
  • This was an unexpected gem. Highly recommended for a family day out. Although off the beaten track it is well worth travelling to. Perfect for rainy days during the holidays. Lots of amazing reptiles.
  • Lovely place, friendly staff. We spent all afternoon there and my two girls loved it. I would have give five stars if there was a coffee shop, there are only vending machines and the coffee one was out of service and also the ice cream freezer was empty... Other than that we enjoyed the experience and we will be back!
  • Brought my 3 boys and they had a fabulous time. It wasn't really busy the day we went and one of the staff let us into the lizard cage, got really close too them, they also got to hold a baby snake while the staff was telling facts ababout the snake and tarantula. Very interesting. Will be going again. 🙌🙌👍👍👍
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