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Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo, located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, is Ireland’s most popular family attraction and welcomed over one million visitors last year. As one of the world’s oldest and most popular zoos, the 28 hectare park is home to some 400 animals in an environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience.

World Animal Weekend, 7 & 8th of October 

World Animal Day is a time to celebrate and appreciate our relationship with the animals that share our planet and the ways in which they enrich our lives. Join us for a fun and informative weekend and learn about the animals at Dublin Zoo!

Spooktacular Boo @ Dublin Zoo, 31st of October 
Creepy arts and crafts, spine-chilling keeper talks, spooky face painting. Join us for monster music on the Great Lawn as well as many other festive activities.

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo!

Wild Lights opens on Friday, 3rd November 2017 and runs until Sunday, 7th January 2018

Wild Lights, a magical night-time spectacular event, featuring giant colourful lanterns and illuminated animal sculptures inspired by wildlife.
Follow the enchanted trail where you will discover the dazzling array of beautifully crafted giant silk lanterns, then be wowed by the Chinese performers and Chinese craft market while enjoying Chinese foods and warm drinks.
Wild Lights promises to be a truly unforgettable experience where friends, families and groups can come together to celebrate the festive period.

Tickets on-sale now! 



DATES: November 25th - December 24th
COST: €12 for annual pass holders.
Bring your family along to our exciting new Santa experience at Dublin Zoo, each one-hour session includes festive activities and a private meet and greet with Santa for a select number of visitors. Each child will receive a gift and a souvenir key ring.

Pre-booking only here

Dinosaur Discovery in #ZoorassicWorld at Dublin Zoo!

This September and October, Dublin Zoo is calling all budding palaeontologists to join its Dinosaur Discovery Programme at Zoorassic World.

Find out why dinosaurs no longer roam the planet, be part of a team of palaeontologists and uncover fossils of some fearsome dinosaurs in our dig site using specialist equipment. Meet Stan, the full size Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton that dominates Zoorassic World and learn about his many living relatives on earth today.

Two sessions, tailored to suit different age groups, are available: 10-11.15am: ages 6-8 and 12-1.15pm: ages 9-12. 

Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO BOOK: Email education@dublinzoo.ie or call: 01 474 8932.

Dates: (Saturdays) September 23rd. October 7th and 21st

Autumn midterm – Monday, October 30th – Friday, November 3rd.

Cost: Annual pass holders €10 per child. Non-annual pass holder €15 per child.


DATES: (Sundays) September 24th,
October 29th, November 26th
TIME: 11:00am-12:30pm
Calling all budding ornithologists! Join us for a bird watching morning. Our experienced guide will teach you about the wide variety of native birds that live around the Zoo. New members always welcome.
COST: Annual pass holders free.
Non-annual pass holders €15 per adult and children €10.


DATES: (Wednesdays) October 4th, October 18th
TIME: Session 1: 10:00am-11:00am,
Session 2: 11:30am-12:30pm
Environmental education is important for adults, as well as our little ones. Visit Dublin Zoo’s Family Farm for play-based activities, animal visits and fun stories.
This fun and interactive programme is designed for toddlers and parents, grandparents or childminders.
AGE: Recommended for up to three years old.
COST: Annual pass holders €3. 
Non-annual pass holders €10 per adult and children free.


DATE: (Saturdays) October 21st, November 25th
TIME: 11:00am-12:30pm
Part of the work of a modern zoo is to ensure that animals are kept active, busy and stimulated in their environment. We do that through ‘enrichment’. We invite you to take part in this amazing side of animal care and to learn the different ways of enriching the lives of Dublin Zoo’s animals.
AGE: 8-12 years.
COST: Annual pass holders free. 
Non-annual pass holders: €10 per child.


DATES: Wednesday and Thursday, November 1st and 2nd
TIME: 10:00am-2:30pm
Interactive one-day workshops demonstrating how we look after our animals and the role we play in conservation and sustainability.
AGES: 6-12 years.
COST (PER DAY): Annual pass holders €25.
Non-annual pass holders €30.
Pre-booking online now here


DATE: Friday, November 3rd
TIME: 10:00am-2:30pm
Interactive one-day workshop. Discover and learn about endangered species, conservation and sustainability.
Ages: 13 -16 years.
COST (PER DAY): Annual pass holders €25.
Non-annual pass holders €30.
Pre-booking online now here 


DATE: Saturday and Sunday, 18th and 19th of November
This year’s Science Week theme is Believe in Science. This is a yearlong campaign promoting the belief that science has the ability to effect positive change in the world and drive sustainability. Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) play an important part of daily life in Dublin Zoo. Drop in to discover and learn how science can expand our understanding of the world and help us find answers to the challenges we face.

CLOSING DATE: December 1st
THEME: Digging for Discovery – celebrating the opening of Zoorassic World and the arrival of Stan the T. rex, this year’s theme focuses on reptiles past and present.
Categories: 4-6 years; 7-10 years; 11-14 years
MEDIA: Pencils, paints, crayons or collage on A4 only.
ADDRESS ENTRIES TO: ‘Craigie Art Competition’, Discovery and Learning Department, Dublin Zoo.
Please include artist’s name, address, telephone number and age.

Shop, Restaurant and Kiosks. Most of Dublin Zoo is accessible by people with disabilities; new manual wheelchairs are available on request.

Dublin Zoo’s New All-Weather Play Forest

Dublin Zoo has officially opened its brand new family attraction, the children’s Play Forest, which is guaranteed to have your children climbing, swinging and sliding! The new Play Forest is completely sheltered so it can be enjoyed in any weather and is yet another reason to visit Ireland’s most popular family visitor attraction.

Children are certain to enjoy the large slide, palm trees, sand, wooden huts and rope bridge and of course the wooden tiger and monkey. Suitable for children aged from 4 to 12 years old, the Play Forest can be found next to the orang utan habitat, which is located between the Asian Forests and the Fringes of the Artic.

Prices Daily Tickets

  • Adult €17.50
  • Child aged 3 to 15 years €13.00  (must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Child under 3 Free
  • Senior Citizens €13.50
  • Student €13.50 (must show valid student ID card)
  • Child with special needs* €6.50
  • Adult with special needs *€10.00
  • Family Tickets
    2 Adults + 2 children €49.00
    2 Adults + 3 chidlren €53.00
    2 Adults + 4 children €57.00
  • Groups (10+ people)
    Adult €15.00
    Child €10.00

All Daily Ticket Types can be booked online to save queuing time at the zoo.

Annual pass - Family:
•    Pass holder + 3 Adults or
•    Pass holder + 2 Adults + 2 Children or
•    Pass holder + 1 Adult + 4 Children or
•    Pass holder + 6 Children

Click here to book Annual Pass

Dublin Zoo Opening Times

  • February 9.30am to 5pm
  • March - September 9.30am to 6pm
  • October 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • November & December 9.30am to 4pm

How to Get There:

By bus: 25, 26, 46A 66 / 66A / 66B, 67, 69.
Luas Red Line: 15 minute walk from the Heuston stop.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Teenagers may be required to show ID.

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