Belfast Zoo

Antrim Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT36 7PN

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Opening Times

Open daily all year from 10am.

1 April to 30 September: zoo closes at 7pm (last admission 5pm, animal houses close 6pm)

1 October to 31 March: zoo closes at 4pm (last admission 2:30pm, animal houses close 3pm)

Admission Prices

1 April to 30 September 2014:



Child (4-17):


Child (under 4):




Senior Citizen:


Family (2 + 2):


1 October 2013 to 31 March 2014:



Child (4-17):


Child (under 4):




Senior Citizen:


Family (2 + 2):


Prices vary with the opening seasons; see zoo's website for latest information.

Season Tickets and group rates also available; see zoo's website for details.


Originally known as The Bellevue Zoo, Belfast Zoo is set amidst beautiful woodland on the spectacular hillside of Cave Hill, affording stunning views over Belfast City. With good sized enclosures for the animals which range from elephants, lions and tigers to sealions, penguins and chimpanzees, and after much expansion over recent years, it can boast to be one of the most up to date zoos in Europe.

Official Website

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Car Park



Ark Café - wide range of hot and cold food, with daily specials and vegetarian options

Mountain Tea House - serves teas, coffess, soft drinks, snacks and ices

Numerous Picnic Areas and Tables

For Kids


Special Needs

There is access to all of the zoo's exhibits and facilities for visitors with disabilities, who may also enter the zoo for free. Disabled toilet facilities are also available, and mobility scooters can be hired - but must be booked in advance.


Animal Collections

Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates

Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.

Star Animals

Cheetahs, Lions, Elephants, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Colobus Monkeys, Giraffes, Zebras.

Special Attractions

Walkthrough Rainforest House, with Two-Toed Sloth, Fruit Bats, Retiles, and exotic birds.

Keeper for a day, see official website for details

Other Attractions

Gift Shop
School Room

How To Get There:

By Car

From the North:

Approach Belfast on the M2. Leave motorway at Junction 4 for Glengormley / Larne. Take the third exit off the roundabout- the Zoo is signposted here. Follow this road through Glengormley and beyond for a mile. The Zoo is on right, just past the motorway bridge.

From the South/West:

Approach Belfast on the M1. Follow directions for the M2, over the West Link. Stay on the M2 until second junction. Leave the motorway at Junction 2 - Greenisland/ Whitwell / Rathcoole. The Zoo is signposted from here. Take the extreme left slip road. Follow the signs.

From the City Centre or Co.Down:

Follow directions for the M2 - see above (From the South/West)

By Public Transport

By bus:

From the City Centre, Metro buses no.s 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f, (1g) and 2a all stop at the Zoo.

Data on this page last updated: Apr 13 2014

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