Dublin Zoo is the largest zoo in Ireland and one of Dublin’s most popular attractions. Easily accessible from the city via bus, the zoo is located in the centre of Phoenix park which is nice to have a look around whilst there.
Covering over 28 hectares (69 acres) the park is divided into areas named Asian Forests, Orangutan Forest, The Kaziranga Forest Trail, Fringes of the Arctic, Sea Lion Cove, African Plains, Roberts House, House of Reptiles, City Farm and South American House.
Dublin Zoo was a traditional city zoo since its opening day in 1831, very focused on its traditional role of conservation, study, and education of wild life. However, the improvements that have been made over the last few years have really made a difference, especially the African Plains section. Most Zoo’s are very bleak places, but Dublin Zoo seems to be happier and not as depressing some of the others traditional city parks we’ve been to.
We visited in June 2016 during our field trip to Dublin and found a brilliant place to visit, loads to see, and very good value for our money (the park was included in our city card plan). It was easy to get to, with free parking. it was clean and tidy, the animals looked well, and had a fair bit of space to move around.
Our favourite area was the one the baby elephants where we spend almost an hour and the one for the red river hogs. The only problem we have spotted is that animals have so much space that sometimes you just cant see them.
There is a lovely little cafe right at the entrance. Wear comfy shoes as the zoo covers a large area.
In conclusion we liked this zoo a lot. Needless to say that no visit to Dublin is complete without a visit to Dublin zoo
By Rita Moura.
Location: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland
Opens all year
Entrance 17€ Adults, 12.20€ ChildenTop Rides
Baby elephants area
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