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Covid restrictions

Updated on 18 August 2021

Belfast Zoo is open to the public. 

Our top priority is keeping our staff, our animals and our visitors as safe as possible. The zoo has implemented a range of health and safety precautions to help provide a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone. These include:

  • Opening of the zoo’s Outdoor Trek, a one-way system around the zoo’s 55-acre site. The Outdoor Trek is predominantly outdoors and social distancing is advised at all times. Visitors must follow this clearly marked one-way system.
  • Visitors must book online tickets for your selected date. Note that zoo members do not have to book and can gain entry to the zoo on arrival and with presentation of valid membership card.
  • Visitors must select a one-hour entry session at the time of booking and arrive at the zoo during this time. There is no limit on how long you can stay in the zoo after entry.
  • Limited daily capacity on zoo visitors.
  • Floor markings illustrate two-metre distances to manage safe queueing and pinch points.
  • Protective screening is in place at staff contact points.
  • Our indoor animal areas are open except the Rainforest House.
  • Capacity limits are placed on some indoor areas.
  • All visitors must wear a face covering in all public indoor areas.
  • Keeper talks and animal feeding times are unavailable.
  • The Treetop Tearoom is open from Friday to Tuesday during winter (October to March) for takeaway only.
  • The Lion’s Den café is closed over winter (October to March).
  • Our children's play park is open.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are available throughout the zoo site.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Please email or call 028 9077 6277.

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