Ring Tailed Lemurs at the Belfast Zoo © www.sxc.hu
The Belfast Zoo is packed with animals from all over the world housed in a range of habitats, and offers a fun-filled day out for the whole family to enjoy. The zoo is home to more than a thousand animals of 150 different species. Animals in the zoo include bears, lions, a variety of monkeys, seals, cheetahs, lemurs, snakes, ferrets, kangaroos, wolves, tortoises, tigers and gorillas. There is a separate bird park, containing many exotic and rare birds. The African animals, including elephants, zebras, meerkats, porcupines and a large herd of giraffes are very popular with visitors. Another highlight is Rainforest House, a walk-through exhibition containing fruit bats, among other things, in a tropical landscape. The zoo also hosts a number of exciting events throughout the year, such as reptile displays, birds of prey exhibitions and more, and has active breeding and conservation projects. There is a cafe and gift shop at the zoo, as well as picnic tables, a play park for young children, and a farm. There are good walking trails and the Belfast Zoo, located on the side of Cave Hill, even offers some great views over the city. The location on the hill does mean that some areas can be quite steep and perhaps difficult for those with mobility issues.
Address: Antrim Road
Telephone: (028) 9077 6277
Transport: From the City Centre, Metro buses 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f, 1g and 2a all stop at the Zoo
Opening times: 10am to 4pm daily (October to March); 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday (April to September).
Admission: Winter: £8.20 (adults), £4.10 (children aged 4 to 17), children under 4 free. Admission costs fluctuate according to season. Concessions and packages are available.