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Address: Antrim Road | Antrim Road, Newtownabbey BT36 7PN, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 9077 6277
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Belfast Zoo is located in north Belfast. The zoo's 55 acre site is home to...

Belfast Zoo is located in north Belfast. The zoo's 55 acre site is home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species.

The majority of our animals are in danger in their natural habitat.

The zoo also carries out important conservation work and takes part in European and international breeding programmes which help to ensure the survival of many species under threat.

Belfast Zoo is one of the top fee-paying visitor attraction in Northern Ireland, receiving more than 300,000 visitors a year.

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A brilliant zoo. They have a wide variety of animals all of which have information signposted about them. My only criticism would be that as it is situated on a mountain the walk... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Would highly recommend as a day out for anyone in Belfast who loves animals. There are lots of different species and so many animals to see including all the ones you would want - lions, elephants, giraffes, tigers, bears etc. Enclosures looked very good for the animals. Zoo staff were very friendly and welcoming. Even though our visit was in... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Zoo is great for all ages! As we only live round the corner we have been a good few times but never fails to disappoint. Encloses are always clean and very spacious! Always easy to see the animals. It is up a very steep hill so make sure you've got your walking zoos on!

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Thank Terri-Louise W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with the kids and they really enjoyed it, great selection of animals and a big area to go for a walk in as well, would suit anyone with kids

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Thank Jessicatodd567
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A brilliant zoo. They have a wide variety of animals all of which have information signposted about them. My only criticism would be that as it is situated on a mountain the walk around the zoo is very steep and very chilly at the top, but that does not take anything away from the amazing work the zoo has done... More 

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Thank Lotty H
BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Belfast Zoo and for taking the time to write a review of your day. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and got the chance to see many of our animals during your time here. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and we look forward... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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520 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I brought my two daughters here for a half term trip. Definitely a place to visit. Need comfortable trainers as lots of walking and steep slopes!! Need to wrap up well and have a brolly. The girls live the elephants and lions. Good zoo but needs some tlc.

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Thank BelfastFoodTravelMan
BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

We are delighted that you and your daughters enjoyed a visit to Belfast Zoo during half term! We are also pleased to hear that they were particular fans of our Asian elephants and Barbary lions. We are home to three Asian elephants called Yhetto, Dhunja and Tina and three lions named Qays, Fidda and Theibba. Thank you for the taking... More 

Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Zoo has got better over the years especially with the new play area for children. The steep hills to the top are a workout on their own and not suitable for unfit people. The views at the top of the Zoo of around the surrounding area are simply breathtaking on a sunny day and must be experienced first hand... More 

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Thank jim790
BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and the improvements which have been made to the zoo in recent years, including our new play facility, the Adventurers’ Learning Centre. Our Cave Hill site certainly provides unrivaled views of the city and we are glad that you got to enjoy these during your time at the zoo. Thanks... More 

London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Upon visiting the zoo with my family we were very disappointed with the lack of animals. A number of the enclosures were empty, not really worth the money. The cafeteria felt dated with a very limited menu. It's a shame as there's a lot of potential here, it feels like it needs major funding. The backdrop however is beautiful.

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Thank Daniel R
BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

We were extremely sorry to hear that your family were disappointed during your recent visit to Belfast Zoo. We are home to 120 species at Belfast Zoo, many of which are facing increasing threats in their natural habitat. We work collaboratively with zoos around the world to ensure their future survival. We try to make enclosures as natural as possible... More 

Heckmondwike, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved seeing such a wide range of animals such as a Golden Cat. The staff were very helpful. Nice enclosures for the animals. We saw the baby Gorilla which was a treat. Great views from the top of the hill.

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BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Belfast Zoo and for taking the time to write a review. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and got the chance to see our Temminck’s golden cat. Belfast Zoo is home to the only pair of Temminck’s golden cat in the UK. Male, Saigon, was born in Auckland Zoo in New Zealand... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Belfast Zoo in October 2016 during the Belfast school term time - this meant that when we visited on a Friday, the zoo was practically empty! Perfect for us, 2 adults, 2 children and an infant. At this time of year they are on the winter opening hours so last admission is at 2:30pm. We prebooked online so... More 

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Thank Tika M
BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

We were delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit to Belfast Zoo! We were also pleased that you found the online booking to be efficient in regards to admission to the zoo, that you got to enjoy feeding times and that you also got the chance to try out our visitor photography service. We have been... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I always struggle with zoos. I like the conservation side of it and the thought the animals may become extinct without our intervention but it still hurts when you see them locked up like this. Belfast zoo has small enclosures and the animals clearly don't seem that happy, however when you read about the lives the elephants in particular had... More 

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BelfastZooInfo, Owner at Belfast Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your visit to Belfast Zoo. We genuinely appreciate your feedback and value your comments as they allow us to identify any issues which our visitors have. Zoos have undergone dramatic changes over the years. Their aims and objectives, as well as the way animals are kept in captivity, have... More 

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