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Belfast Zoo, Newtownabbey

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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 Greenisland, use our Greenisland trip itinerary builder.
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  • Good size zoo with plenty of animals different size and origination. Fairly priced £33 for family of four. Due to its unique configuration on hill side, it's also great place to walk and rest. However...  more »
  • Taken the kids Last Monday 5th June, it was near impossible to see most animals . Glass to enclosures filthy. Very few animals to see. Most Enclosures were empty, Some of the water in the ponds was fi...  more »
  • we both loved this zoo animals very well looked after and staff very friendly up a bit of a steep hill is the only downside but i would def go again really enjoyed it and saw plently of animals  more »
  • Great day out. Well worth a visit. Lots of animals out side but could not see the tigers, also the hedges around the lion's could do with being cut away completely so u can see them. Toilets very clean,cafe at the top was a bit expensive but good. It's a great zoo with stunning views.
  • First off I think £25 for two adults is a bit steep in price, but I could handle the price once inside as the park is very well cared for and everything is new or in good condition. The animals look mostly happy even in the Irish weather. Unfortunately the thing that let it down big time is the two cafes. We hiked to the top of the Zoo with a pram and Grandparents and hoped to eat at the cafe located at the top. When we reached the cafe their was a sign saying the card machine has broken and even if it had been working there was no savoury food. The staff where just out of high school, and tried to over charge us when the price was clearly marked. Very disappointed we came down to the bottom of the zoo to enjoy lunch in the restaurant. The food was basic to say the least. In fact I think the animals has better food than we had to pay for (£5 for a hot dog and a few chips, it wasn't even a real hot dog they where sausages!) The three girls running the restaurant looked and acted like 5 year olds. The grandparents asked for fish and despite 3 fish being on the counter hot plates, they where told non where available. I had to go the the counter 3 times as they forgot to/didn't bother to make my wife's hot dog. Then they didn't have any sauce, I asked for some. They snapped at me that it was with the knives and forks. I told them they had run out and the look of horror on the girls face was amazing... I thought I'd shot her favourite puppy! Eventually she came to top up the sauces and thrust 10 packets of ketchup into my hand. I've never had such a bad experience at an eating establishment before in my life. And if I was their boss manager I'd be reading them the riot act for the way they treated their customers. To sum up. The zoo is amazing, pay for your ticket and do not pay for anything else. Take your lunch and drinks with you, there are plenty of tables out and about to eat at. Don't what ever you do try the cafes.
  • Went on Monday with the family and was expecting to see quite a few animals. Spent 2 hours walking around looking at empty cages. Seen more animals in my garden at home. Walked all the way to the top and the cafe was closed. Not a kiosk open the whole way through. For £33 entrance fee i expected more. Dublin zoo next I think....
  • Wonderful zoo and the enclosures were fantastic and perfect for the animals living in them. Loads of different birds which I was very excited about, and the staff we come across were very friendly and helpful. All around a wonderful day, and quite hilly so got a good workout!
  • This is a great place to go see a bunch of abimals. Feeding times may vary. The food is reasonable and yummy! Very family friendly and easily accessible by bus

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