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One of the oldest visitor attractions in Northern Ireland, Belfast Zoo is located in the north of the city, on Antrim Road, and is home to more than 1,000 animals on its 55-acre site.

Many of the 150 species at the zoo are in danger in their natural habitat so it is an excellent way for children to learn about a vast array of amazing creatures.

Opened in 1934, Belfast Zoo now has over 300,000 visitors pass through the park every year. Some of the most popular attractions are the Asian elephants, the Sumatran tigers and the Rothschild giraffes. Belfast Zoo is also one of only 22 zoos worldwide to provide a home for the Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo.

As well as the main animal attractions there is a recently refurbished Bird Park containing many exotic and endangered birds and a Rainforest House, a walk-through tropical exhibition.

There are a number of places around the zoo to buy food and drink and the picnic area located at the lakeside is a great spot for lunch and to recharge your batteries.

Located on the secluded Cave Hill with stunning views overlooking Belfast Lough, the zoo provides a tranquil setting for children of all ages to enjoy the wonders of the natural world.

Belfast Zoo has excellent public transport links and close to the M2 motorway. The zoo is open all year round but times do change depending on the season so it is a good idea to check before your visit.

Top Hotels Close to Belfast Zoo

Quarter by Warren Collection
Quarter by Warren Collection
3.5 out of 5
70-74 Donegall St, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 2GU
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The price is $77 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$77
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Belfast. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions St. Anne's Cathedral and MAC Theatre are located ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (96 reviews)
"Loved the location and decor, which has an urban feel to it. Our room was lovely!"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

Quarter by Warren Collection
Titanic Hotel Belfast
Titanic Hotel Belfast
4.5 out of 5
Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT3 9DT
The price is $123 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
$123
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Belfast. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,034 reviews)
Amazing Titanic themed hotel, very lux
"This hotel is pretty amazing. The room was quite large with at least 6-7 meter ceilings and almost floor to ceiling windows. Which was great, except for the fact that our window curtains did not have any way of closing all the way and we had to pull the curtains (remember they are at least 6 meters ..."

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Titanic Hotel Belfast
The Lansdowne Hotel
The Lansdowne Hotel
3.5 out of 5
657 Antrim Rd, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT15 4EF
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Belfast. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Belfast Castle and Cave Hill ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
"Very nice hotel. You get a free drink of choice from the bar each.. Breakfast was very good"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

The Lansdowne Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Quarter by Warren Collection
Quarter by Warren Collection
3.5 out of 5
70-74 Donegall St, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 2GU
Quarter by Warren Collection
Titanic Hotel Belfast
Titanic Hotel Belfast
4.5 out of 5
Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT3 9DT
Titanic Hotel Belfast
The Lansdowne Hotel
The Lansdowne Hotel
3.5 out of 5
657 Antrim Rd, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT15 4EF
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AC Hotels by Marriott Belfast
AC Hotels by Marriott Belfast
4 out of 5
Donegall Quay, Belfast Harbour, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 3FE
AC Hotels by Marriott Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 6DY
Jurys Inn Belfast
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
4 out of 5
20 Brunswick Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT2 7GE
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
40 Hope Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT12 5EE
Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Bullitt Hotel
Bullitt Hotel
4 out of 5
40a Church Lane, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 4QN
Bullitt Hotel
Corr's Corner Hotel
Corr's Corner Hotel
3 out of 5
315 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, BT36 4TQ
Corr's Corner Hotel
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