“One of the world's oldest zoos, home to animals from all over the world” - AA Inspector
Located in Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo first opened to the public in 1830, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world, and it has consistently been Ireland's most popular family attraction. This 28-hectare park is home to some 400 animals in an environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience. Visit the zoo’s newest habitat, Sea Lion Cove, then travel through the Kaziranga Forest Trail to see the magnificent herd of Asian elephants. Roam the African Savanna and spot giraffe, rhinos and zebras as you go, then hang out with the gorillas at the Gorilla Rainforest.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Wheelchairs available
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open daily, Nov-Jan 9.30-4; Feb 9.30-5; Mar-Sep 9.30-6; Oct 9.30-5.30; Nov-Dec 9.30-4 (last entry 1hr before closing, African Plains area closed 30mins before main park). Closed 25-26 Dec
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About the area
It is often visited on a weekend trip, but rushing around is not the best way to experience Dublin. When Ireland joined the European Union, an economic boom began that flourished in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years of the 1990s – fashion, the arts, food and Irish culture all blossomed, turning Dublin into one of the world’s hottest city destinations. Its transformation has continued into the 21st century with a technology boom.
There is something very special about this small city with its split personality – exhilarating and chic on one side but traditional, with an older generation still hanging on to pre-EU values, on the other.
One of the city’s irresistible charms is its welcoming people; so take time to relax in the pubs and cafes while absorbing the craic that is synonymous with the Irish. Slide away from the touristy themed pubs to discover the real heart of Dublin in its less well known taverns and in conversation with the locals.
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Restaurants and Pubs
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