The National Reptile Zoo, Gowran

4.3
#6 of 12 in Parks in County Kilkenny
Must see · Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • The close proximity of these incredible creatures is a joy and the knowledge of the keepers was second to none.  more »
  • You don't need a million dollar budget to create a wonderful experience for adults and children alike. If you love nature and love bugs, insects and reptiles then you're in for a treat. Perfect...  more »
  • Kiddos ages 8,7,3...We spent just under an hour here, highlight for the kids was the play area... Would not recommend it for a day trip..Entrance fee was steep.  more »
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  • My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves for about 2 hours. We are reptile enthusiasts so it was great fun to see the different snakes, lizards etc. that they have here. Well worth a stop! The zoo is located in an industrial area, we thought we were in the wrong place so don't let that turn you off to it.
  • We came to Reptile Zoo with big expectations that new place will be better than previous. However, it looks like all animals are placed in a cold shed. It is not clean and looks quite artificial (artificial plants, no green, just cold environment). The place looks small for money that are charged. It is nice in terms of good family day out at a rainy day, but definitely not for this price. The staff is great.
  • It didn't look very open or inviting when we pulled up but it was and the enclosures were beautiful. We arrived at 4 and had to wait at the counter for longer than expected then we were told we'd have to wait till the 5 pm encounter because we should have been there at 3:45 pm for the 4 pm encounter which wasn't advertised anywhere. And with two small kids it wasn't possible and was quite upsetting. We were the only people there for a while so I thought they might give us extra attention but they didnt. We did see one reptile get fed. That was cool.
  • Could do with cleaning, dust all over kids play area and it was wet. Not worth the money you pay to get in. Half an hour to see reptiles and then the kids play area is filthy so thats a no but we did enjoy seeing the reptiles and they are well looked after. Been here twice.
  • Really enjoyed our visit here today. Animals all very well looked after and cared for. It is a very relaxed atmosphere and you can stay there for as long as you want. There is a lovely play area for the children and while they are playing you can sit down for tea or coffee as the picnic area is right at the play area. Children under 2 are free but just be aware that there are stairs inside and no way to get a buggy up there. Just something to consider if you are bringing some small children and have a baby in a buggy. Also the area is not massive so at a busy time it might not be very comfortable if you had a child in a pram or buggy.

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