The National Reptile Zoo, Gowran

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  • Took us 10 minutes to get here from the Springhill Hotel. At first glance we though oh no this doesn't look good. Its really in the middle of nowhere after coming from a town. Has car parking faciliti...  more »
  • Went to visit here today. it's a bit of a hidden gem. Not very well sign posted and I've never heard of it before our trip to kilkenny (I'm from ireland). Definitely worth a visit. We spent the mornin...  more »
  • This was a second visit and the layout has been improved over the years. On both occasions we found the staff to be really friendly and great with the children. It's a very handy little place to know ...  more »
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  • Hidden gem in Kilkenny. It's a great place to visit and easy to get into, from the motorway. Suitable for all ages from young to old. A lovely tour and wander of the Zoo, the staff are very helpful and friendly. Any questions you have about the reptiles or environments, the staff have the answers. You'd easily spend 2 hours there, if you have young children there is an indoor play area for them to spend a while on. At the end of the tour, there is a chance to hold a snake and a scorpion. If you aren't bothered by them it's well worth holding them for the experience. If you have a distaste for spiders or scorpions, there are 3 largish spiders in the Zoo. The scorpions are not out in the open, so you can visit in safety. All in all, it's worth spending half a day there, chatting with the staff and looking at the animals. Well worth a visit if you are near Kilkenny or near the M7 and after something to keep the children occupied.
  • Great day out for the family This is an ideal stop on a rainy day as everything is contained indoors - even the play area. There's an extensive selection of reptiles on display with informative and friendly attendants. There's also a hands on demonstration where you can pet the snakes or lizards. There's enough here to keep the kids entertained for the day.
  • Went there on a whim. Great experience. Sry we’ll run. Kids loved it and were kept interested all day. Well worth a visit.
  • Very good spot to bring the kids. Staff very knowledgeable. Hourly they show animals and you'd be able to hold them too. It's a bit pricey, but it is for a good cause.
  • Love it here. Staff great. Loads of reptiles and creepy crawlies to see. You get a chance to see certain inhabitants up close with a keeper talk. Indoor play area and picnic benches outside to eat your ice cream.

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