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A great way to spend an afternoon
Member Name: Matheson80
Date: 21/08/12, updated on 24/08/12 (47 review reads)
Advantages: Large Zoo, Great selection of different animals
Disadvantages: Poor parking, basic food.
I have spent the last two summers visiting Dublin, and on both occasions I have made time to visit Dublin zoo. Situated in the vast Phoenix Park in the North West of Dublin, this attraction is a must for any visitors to the city.
There are many ways to get to The zoo, There are buses going by, or it is a 20min or so walk from Heuston Station, which has a regular Luas (tram) pass by.
On my first visit to Dublin Zoo, me and my partner drove to the Zoo, and here we did encounter an issue...there is no obvious parking. We parked on a road beside the Zoo, along with many others, and as far as I am aware, this is perfectly acceptable, but it would have been nice to find a decent car park.
The zoo is fairly expensive, especially if you are taking a whole famly: an adult costs Euro15.50, and age 3-16 cost Euro11.00. Senior Citizens are Euro12.50, and under 3's are free.
We went on a warm July morning, and the line was faily long, but it moved quickly. The first areas you find are the World of Cats, and the World of primates. Obviously at this time of the year it can be very busy, but with a bit of patience you can view some wonderfull animals, and watching the young Orangutans play about is a delight. Walking further along you pass some sub-arctic animals like snow leopards and wolves. My personal favorites were the giraffes and rhinos in the Savanna area.
Its worth getting one of the free maps avalible, as the paths twist and turn a fair bit, so it helps to check you are not heading back to an area you have already been, or have missed some of the small enclosures. At one point we walked past the Tapir without realising...
During the peak periods, there are daily feedings that you can watch, and some animals have shows, like the sealions, which happen at certain times of the day (2.15pm for the sealions). I never got to watch any due to time restrictions.
Many of the animals have large areas to run about in, although you cant help but think some could do with some more space. That said, all the animals we saw seemed happy & healthy. When we last visited, they were in the middle of building a new larger primate area. I am unsure how long that work has yet to go, but, regardless, it didnt really impact the trip much anyway. Its also nice to know the gorillas etc are getting a larger area, since currently (at time of visit), for their size, they have some of the smaller enclosures.
Food is pretty basic & expensive, and includes the usual tourist fare of burgers, hotdogs and chips etc. You might want to take some food along with you if you fancy something healthy, or have a lagre group or family.
There are also some play areas for kids, allowing weary adults a chance to have a sit down and rest.
All in all, I really enjoyed my visits to the zoo, its great for kids, and there is plenty to see and do. As I said earlier, it can be pretty busy, so its worth wandering about a bit is an area is busy, then come back later.
Summary: Plenty of fun, great for all ages.