Hippo at Dublin Zoo © William Murphy
One of Ireland's most popular attractions for children, the Dublin Zoo takes visitors on a voyage of discovery from the Arctic to the Plains of Africa via Indian Rainforest. The zoo houses more than 600 animals and the habitats are impressive, with lots of information provided on each species. See lions and tigers, Asian elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans, rare monkeys, rhinos, hippos, giraffes and many more exotic and endangered species, including extremely rare species like the snow leopard. There is also a pet's corner for the children, a city farm and a safari train ride around the African Plains. The zoo is good at providing lots of extra entertainment for kids, with free arts and crafts activities like face painting, and a number of little playgrounds dotted around the park. Although it is an old zoo, it is recognised as one of the most modern in Europe, placing emphasis on learning about wildlife and conservation along with enjoyment. The Dublin Zoo is a registered charity and all your money will go towards maintenance and improvement. There is a restaurant and a number of snack stalls on the premises, but you can also bring your own picnic and there are pleasant picnic areas for this purpose.
Address: Phoenix Park
Telephone: (0)1 474 8900
Opening times: Open from 9:30am Monday to Sunday. Closing times vary between 4pm and 6pm, depending on the season.
Admission: €16.50 adults, €11.80 children 3 to 15; concessions available.