A Trip To The Dublin Zoo 


2 Zebras in the Zoo

The Dublin Zoo has since risen to fame since its founding in 1831. From what started as a thatched hut with a donated set of mammals and birds, the Zoo has grown to become the 69-acre major centre of tourism in Ireland for both Dubliners and foreigners.

2 Zebras in the zoo

For those looking for fun or just love an adventure, this article is your best bet for a fulfilling trip to the Dublin Zoo. It contains the necessary leads from arrival to exit and the furry experience in between. 

Keep reading to get the best animal sightseeing adventure!

An Overview of The Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo

Magnificently seated at Cunningham Road Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland, the Dublin Zoo currently houses over 400 animals. Over time, this home for animals has been developed and restructured to be both a safe environment and a beautiful sight to behold, with lakes and gardens to that effect.

They are open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily but they stop entry at 4:00 p.m. to prevent late exploration and encourage the best of experiences. 

And though this zoo is officially tagged as Ireland’s biggest family attraction, they are part of a bigger vision; to preserve and breed endangered species.

Getting To The Dublin Zoo: Transport Routes and Parking Information 

Being a major attraction site makes locating the zoo an easy task. The Dublin Bus is the easiest and most direct transport method to the Zoo, as it runs between Parkgate Street and the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, leaving the Dublin Zoo as a stop on the way.

Map around the Dublin Zoo

Whereas with a train or Luas, the closest station is a 20-minute walk from the Zoo. You could make your choice based on your budget.

If you plan to drive to the Zoo, there is no designated car park at the Dublin Zoo. But there are surrounding parks with approximately 380 parking spaces combined. They also operate on a first-come, first-served basis so you should arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Ticketing and Entry 

Ticketing and entry

A beautiful feature that the Dublin Zoo offers is discounted tickets for online booking,  booking in advance, and free admission for children under 3 years old. The ticket prices differ for older children, adults, and people with additional needs or special assistance to visit the zoo. 

Also, following special events like Valentine’s Day or group visits from tourists and school excursions, tickets go for discounted prices as well. The organization is known to be non-profit and uses the ticket revenue to continually improve the habitat. You can visit the Dublin Zoo website to find out the ticket price corresponding to your age group or purpose of visit.

Once your tickets are secured, it’s time to explore this famous home for animals!

Exploring The Dublin Zoo 

Tickets in hand and a twinge of excitement at heart, the Dublin Zoo is one of the top places to visit in Dublin. Exploring the following habitats within the Zoo is your best chance of having a great experience. 

The African Savannah 

Also known as the African Plains, this habitat is the Zoo’s largest habitat, and it houses giraffes, zebras, southern white rhinos, and ostriches. Likewise unique to this extensive habitat is a species of antelope that was once extinct in the wild; the scimitar-horned oryx, now reestablished due to zoo breeding programmes. What a sight that would be!

This habitat closes by 4:00 pm so be sure to visit it early! 

The Himalayan Hills 

This habitat hosts some of the inarguably cutest animals in the Zoo, like the red pandas and snow leopards.

The Himalayan mountain range, which is their natural habitat in the wild, served as inspiration for the habitat. With its multicoloured roofs and prayer flags, it has the appearance and atmosphere of a Nepalese village. Be sure to make a stop when you visit.

The South American House 

If you’re looking to see animals with opposite sides of agility, you should see the South American House. This habitat is home to over nine species, including monkeys, sloths, and birds from Central and South American rainforests, hence the name of the habitat.

A sight of these multicoloured species in all their glory would be worth the stop.

Zoorassic World 

Dublin Zoo’s home for interesting reptiles. From the life-size skeleton of a 65-million-years dead dinosaur species to live West African crocodiles to a green tree python and more, this habitat promises a trip down reptile history’s lane with a visit. 

The habitat is home to a significant part of the international endangered species programme at the Zoo. It sure is worth a swipe of your ticket.

Sea Lion Cove 

Now what’s a trip to the Dublin Zoo without a stop at the Sea Lion Cove? One of the newest habitats at the zoo, this habitat is home to the colony of California Sea Lions. To get a full experience, sea lion presentations take place at 2:15 p.m. daily during the summer and at weekends during the winter. Be sure to schedule this stop when you visit!

There are other remarkable habitats in the Dublin Zoo to visit, like the Gorilla Rainforest, the Kaziranga Forest Trail, and Wolves in the Woods. We encourage you to move around with your Dublin Zoo map and select habitats to visit based on your preferences.

Final Tips For Visitors of The Dublin Zoo 

To make the most of your experience, here is a summarised list to guide you:

  • Maximize the discounted offers and arrive early.
  • Have your Dublin Zoo Map handy to avoid getting lost and for tracking desired habitats.
  • If you can afford to, hire the zoo tour guide for an enlightening experience.
  • Remember to take a friend along and take lots of pictures!

Will you be visiting the Dublin Zoo soon? The information in this article is your key to a wholesome zoo experience. 

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