Belfast Zoo, Newtownabbey

Belfast Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species, including Barbary lions, red kangaroos, spider monkeys, Asian elephants, and Malayan sun bears. The Bird Park is home to many exotic and endangered birds, and the Giraffe and Elephant Enclosure hosts adorable giraffe calves that you will not want to miss. Transport yourself in the Rainforest House, a walk-through exhibition with dense tropical landscaping and a constant temperature of 27 C (81 F). Here you can spot fruit bats, Fuvlous whistling ducks, and a greater necklace laughing thrush. The zoo is located on top of a hill, granting scenic views over the Belfast Lough and Antrim coast, as well as providing a peaceful home for its animals. However, this does mean that there’s a steep walk up to the zoo, and it is also hilly inside. Comfy shoes are a must. To visit Belfast Zoo and other attractions in Belfast, use our Belfast tour planner.
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  • Had an amazing time at the zoo despite the rain. Although a lot of the animals didn't want to come out into the rain there was lots of variety of animals and a great day out  more »
  • kids really enjoyed going here, such a fun day and staff are really good. Shame about the weather but the animals are so cute  more »
  • We went to the zoo today rain and all but still was another great day out lots of animals busy out and about  more »
  • We had an excellent family day out here over the summer. Young and old alike had a lovely time. We were able to see most of the animals, the park was super, picnic areas were lovely. Hills weren't great with a pram but it didn't spoil our fun
  • The zoo is always a fun day out for all the family and Belfast Zoo is no exception. There are lots of animals to see and areas to explore. The place is also dotted with lovely wooden animal sculptures. Belfast Zoo is quite hilly so sensible footwear is essential and if you're pushing a Oran be prepared for quite a workout! The toilet facilities are clean although a bit old and in some areas it's difficult for children to see over the barriers; this is quite frustrating at times and I'd love to see them reduced in height a little. Despite all of this, the zoo has lots going for it and the well-designed playpark is a firm favourite with my children and is suitable for young children up to young teens. The sloth inside the rain forest area was a lovely surprise and seeing the tigers being fed was well worth our visit. Being close enough to a male lion to both see and hear him lap water out of his pond was amazing and the general variety of animals was wonderful. We had a picnic in one of the many picnic areas also visited the cafe at the top of the zoo to enjoy the amazing view across Belfast and a fresh cup of tea whilst the children had ice creams. A great, fun-filled family day out.
  • Beautiful area for a zoo. I felt that the animals could have a bit more space in their enclosures. But it's well kept and nicely done. It's a bit of a hike, though as the zoo is laid out on the hillside.
  • Just great day out loads animals see and they have very good park. Get lots exercise as very up hill .great shop also
  • Well I love this place. Been here from I was a kid. Then my own kids now my grandkids. What can I say. Must do for a family or anyone.

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