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Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo

Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland

The Basics

Dublin Zoo is a common stop on hop-on hop-off bus tours of Dublin. Some Dublin sightseeing passes also grant free entry to the zoo. Once inside, visitors typically explore the zoo independently, making their way around the various habitats with the aid of a map.

Free keeper talks and feedings take place daily from March through September, and on weekends from October through February. Special workshops, covering topics such as dinosaurs and bird-watching, also take place at the zoo and should be booked in advance.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

star-5
Great way to see Dublin, with free admission and other perks
Joost_T, Aug 2019
The Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 35 Attractions
Hop on Hop off Bus is a great way to tour through Dublin and get a sense of the the city, all while listening to a recording or live guide describing the sites, and history. The Dublin Pass was great... gets you free admission to a lot of the top attractions, including the Guineas Storehouse, Jameson Distillary, EPIC museum, and the Jeannie Johnston Tall ship.... you also get to skip to the front of the line at some places....
star-4
Great way to get around
Thomas_K, Aug 2019
The Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 35 Attractions
Never really used the pass for entry at any of the attractions, mostly just do to my own time constraints. Was really good to use to get to the key places. Drivers are really good and got some good jokes and willing to give directions if you ask.
star-4
Lovely Dublin
Suzanne_W, Jul 2019
The Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 35 Attractions
Enjoyed the sights but ran out time to do the two circuits. Bus drivers were helpful and friendly. Would do again
star-5
Dublin Hop on Hop Off
David_P, May 2019
The Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 35 Attractions
Great way to see the city and what you wanted to explore later. Drivers that spoke were wonderful. Full of information, and very, very comical. Keep them and pay them well. They really made the bus ride fun. Rate it "A"
star-5
Seeing Dublin
BarbaraJ_S, Jul 2018
The Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 35 Attractions
Seeing Dublin with the Hop on Hop off bus was a great way to get around. We saved our energy and did not lost.
star-5
Money well spent
parkerlulu, Jun 2018
The Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 35 Attractions
If you really want to see Dublin and get Tom of info on the history of the city get this pass. Funny nice and informative.
star-4
Pass is Great Viator is So-so
Deborah_G, Jul 2018
The Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 35 Attractions
The tour bus and their drivers were delightful. The only problem I had is purchasing through Viator who gave me completely incorrect information on where to pick up a pass and that my purchase included transportation into the city. Fortunately, the people in Dublin were wonderful and helpful.
star-5
Great value for money!
SusieKnights, Oct 2019
The Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 35 Attractions
We used the Dublin pass for two days and definitely get our money's worth! Dublin us brilliant and there's so much to see and do. I feel like you definitely need more time to be able to do everything. The best value for money would be the 5-day pass as you would be able to see absolutely everything without rushing around at all. It all depends on whether you have the time to spend in the city. So in our two days we did: Hop-on sightseeing bus, GPO building, Teeling Distillery, Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery and Dublinia. For the two distilleries, you need to join a tour group, so it would be good to go in the morning to pre-book your time slot. Guinness Storehouse allows re-entry on the same day if you haven't finished the tour. We also did Kilmainham Gaol but that's not included in the pass, so we could have potentially done more. We rushed around all day to do as much as possible but we couldn't have gotten any more done in the two days. We had free drinks at Hard stock Cafe and a free gift in Carroll's Gift Store thanks to the pass. For reference, If you purchase your Dublin pass through Viator, you get an email with mobile tickets which you just present on entry to any of the sights. All in all, I'd recommend the Dublin Pass for sure! The only slightly annoying part of booking this way is that you have to go into a tourist center to ask for a spare guide book, but that's available online too. Their guide book actually has some misleading information on opening times for some of the sights.
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Dublin Padd
Dawn_B, Mar 2019
The Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 35 Attractions
Excellent value. A must have if you are in Dublin especially for a short visit. You get to see things you probably wouldn't do if you had to buy the ticket separately. You do have to get alot in each day which means moving quickly. I would recommend at least getting the two day pass so you can get more in. We loved the tours of Jameson distillery, Teeling Distillery, and the Guiness Storehouse. Those asking with the Hop on, Hop off bus tour made it worth it. We did a few other things we would not have done without the pass. My only advice is know the bus schedule and drop off/pick up points. There is an app for the busses which was a lifesaver.
star-4
A great start to the city
Kimberly_J, Oct 2018
The Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 35 Attractions
This bus experience was a great start to seeing the city. The Guinness Experience made the price of this ticket worth it. My difficulties with it were from a lack of information as to where to pick up the bus. The answer is O'Connell Street. But, you have to ask around for the correct bus. Nowhere on the ticket or purchase receipt did it state this. We really did not have time with the 24 hour pass to use the included sightseeing options. I would really only recommend this ticket if you are purchasing for 48 hours. Otherwise, the regular hop on bus is much less expensive.
star-4
Good sightseeing
Deborah_M, Jun 2018
The Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 35 Attractions
Had a little trouble with the pass to start with as I had downloaded it to my mobile but also printed it off. The bus driver wouldn't accept it and we had to walk to find the place to sort it out wasting 45mins of our time. As it's a new system that is being put in place the drivers are not very experienced in using it and it caused confusion. The buses are supposed to run every 15 mins but as we came out of the Guinness storehouse two buses passed and had left the stop by the time we got to it leaving us with a 25min wait for the next one. Having said all that it is a great way to get around the city and see the sights and does save you money on entering the attractions. Definitely could have done with two days to see what we wanted so will have to go back up another day but wouldn't purchase another ticket, will be cheaper to get the luas and pay in the last few things we want to do. I would recommend it to others but just make sure you get your tickets early (like 9am) to make the most of the day if that's all you have and plan well in advance.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Dublin Zoo is a must for families, with lots of kid-friendly activities available.

  • Cafés, snack kiosks, and a restaurant can be found within the zoo’s grounds. Alternatively, pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawns or at picnic tables.

  • Bring rain gear as much of the zoo is unsheltered and Dublin’s weather can be unpredictable.

  • The majority of the zoo is wheelchair-accessible.

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How to Get There

Dublin Zoo is situated in Phoenix Park. The nearest Luas tram stop is Heuston Station (Red Line), which is a 15-minute walk away, and many Dublin bus lines also stop nearby.

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When to Get There

Dublin Zoo is busiest on sunny summer weekends. Consider booking tickets online to avoid waiting around at the ticket booth, or arrive early in the morning before lines form.

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Exploring Phoenix Park

If you have any energy left after visiting Dublin Zoo, take some time to stroll around Phoenix Park. One of Europe’s largest urban parks, this vast grassy expanse contains the 203-foot-tall (62-meter-tall) Wellington Monument, Áras an Uachtaráin (the residence of the President of Ireland), the Victorian-era People’s Flower Gardens, and a free-roaming herd of wild deer.

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