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Getting around

Belfast Zoo is located on Cave Hill and some of the paths are on steep gradients but the views of Belfast from the top of the zoo are highly recommended. The zoo map highlights areas of the zoo with higher gradients. The zoo currently operates a one-way system around the zoo.

We recommend wearing suitable, flat footwear and clothing suitable for wet weather as the zoo is primarily an outdoors facility. Wet weather shelters and indoor animal houses are located throughout the zoo site. Refunds will strictly not be granted for reasons relating to wet or poor weather.

You can view many of our animals in the zoo whether they are outside or inside their houses including farm animals, reptiles and amphibians, spider monkeys, Moloch gibbon, elephants and giraffes, monkey house, chimpanzees, western lowland gorillas, Barbary lions, penguins and California sea lions.

360 tour

Audio Tour

Visitors can make use of our free audio tour to enhance their experience and learn more about their favourite species.

Read more about the audio tour


The zoomobile is an accessible buggy that can carry one wheelchair user and three non-wheelchair users or four non-wheelchair users.

More zoomobile information

Check out our interactive map

Use our map to guide yourself around all your favourite areas of the zoo.

Vehicles onsite

We have an ongoing maintenance plan which can result in vehicles being onsite during opening hours. The types of vehicles that you may see onsite are tractors, council vans, buggy and at times contractor vehicles. Please beware of moving vehicles during your visit.

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