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Belfast Zoo, Newtownabbey

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
3.3/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • This zoo is "handicap accessible" but is on a very steep incline. If you push your own chair I do not advise going to this zoo, you will be miserable! Power chair would be ok. I did 15000 grueling ste...  read more »
  • We have been to this zoo a few times while visiting family mainly for my toddlers benefit. On every occasion we've been the giraffes and elephants have been inside which is quite dark if you want to t...  read more »
  • I volunteer here with friends of the zoo, its great for kids and adults alike for fun days out and to gain knowledge on the different animals. 
  • A decent zoo. A wide variety of animals that seem to be happy. Very good price. It could do with a bit of an update, most of the signs around the zoo are out of date and give incorrect directions, they could at least remove them. Also the prairie dogs had escaped by tunneling out of their enclosure. Perhaps they need a new enclosure built!
  • Zoo is constructed around animals instead of exhibiting them for our entertainment. Animals are placed in a habitat emulating their own and there is a huge variety to observe. It is tedious to get around but I guess that's the trade-off.
  • Good variety of animals. A good walk too. Good family day out
  • Steep hill climb, but well worth the visit. Lots of animals to see and brilliant view over Belfast/Antrim. Excellent play park & gift shop to keep everyone happy.
  • Great place for a day out. There is an amazing new play park just past the farm area.
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