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Belfast Zoo, Newtownabbey

(3.3/5 based on 600+ 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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  • The best thing about the zoo is its staff. All zoos have animals but what makes Belfast Zoo special is the way the keepers are happy to chat and tell you all about the animals they care for. We heard ...  more »
  • We took my 90 yr old mother in law to the zoo for the Giraffe feeding experience as part of her birthday celebrations. A normally fully mobile woman she had sprained her ankle a week previously and di...  more »
  • Around three minutes' drive from Belfast Castle is Belfast Zoo, set on 55 acres with views over Belfast Lough and home to more than 140 species of animals. Dating from 1934, this is one of the oldest ...  more »
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  • This is a great Zoo! I have been coming here since I was a child and I remember the old Zoo. The animals are so well looked after here and the keepers and staff are extremely friendly and helpful. I had a conversation with two of the keepers on my last visit. I hope the Zoo gets more investment as it does require some updating. I would recommend the Zoo to anyone for a fun day out.
  • Brilliant visit once or twice a year with my family my 4year loves it would be a sin if it was ever to be closed down.
  • Was a great day out. The new baby bear was a great treat to watch. They've got a lot better at publishing the feeding times so you can plan where to be and when. Got to see them feeding the sun bears at the cafe, the seals and the Penguins. Highly recommended.
  • A full days fun and family must do. A lot to offer on a bussy day if you are lucky enough to get a chance to see most of the animals. steep hills, but all part of the fun as long as you arnt disabled. although there's a train to the top from the entrance. so it's all good, but I think it is a bit pricey. Hopefully they have rebuilt the cafe at the top.
  • Fun day out for kids of all ages. Watching the zookeepers feed the animals is cool, if you are interested the feeding times are on the website.