Frequently Asked Questions about Dublin Zoo - Dublin Zoo, Ireland.


How do I get to Dublin Zoo?

Dublin Zoo is situated in Phoenix Park in the City of Dublin. The City is easily accessible from all over Ireland by bus and train. You can catch a number of buses from the City Centre and from the central train stations. Dublin Zoo is a 20 minute walk from Heuston Station and from the LUAS Red Line stop. For more details see How to get Here.

Is there car parking in Dublin Zoo

There is no car parking in Dublin Zoo, although there are car parking spaces around the Phoenix Park which include the Lord’s Walk car park and the Cricket Grounds car park.

The Lord's Walk car park is located beside Dublin Zoo on Chesterfield Avenue and has capacity for approximately 260 cars. The Cricket Grounds car park is located opposite the Zoo on Chesterfield Avenue and has capacity for approximately 120 cars. Both car parks open daily from 10am.

How much time does it take to get around the Zoo?

Obviously, you can take all day to enjoy the Zoo. We do suggest though that you need at least three hours to see everything.

What is the entrance cost?

A full adult ticket is €17.50 and child is €13.00. For all other prices, including concessions see the Prices Page.

Are you open all year round?

Yes, we only close on Christmas Day and St Stephen's Day.

How big is the Zoo?

Dublin Zoo now covers 28 hectares.

Is Dublin Zoo accessible for people with disabilities?

Most of Dublin Zoo is accessible for people with disabilities. We have 10 wheelchairs available at the front gate. See our Accessibility page for full details.

Can I bring my dog to the Zoo?

Dublin Zoo does not allow dogs into the main area of Dublin Zoo but we do have a sitting area at a location in the Zoo which provides temporary accommodation for assistance dogs while their owners visit the Zoo. Assistance dogs will be kept in comfortable accommodation for the duration of the visit and will be provided with fresh drinking water.

Can my children come to the Zoo without an adult?

All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult for access into the Zoo.

Do you have an Annual Pass Scheme?

Yes we do. You can become a Dublin Zoo annual pass holder for just €120 for an individual pass or €180 for a family pass. This will not only give you entry for a year to Dublin Zoo but also to Fota Wildlife Park in Cork, Edinburgh Zoo, Colchester, Twycross, Paignton Zoo's in the UK. See more details

Is there a cash point at the Zoo?

There are two ATMs on site at the Zoo. One is located in the main gift shop at the entrance of the Zoo and the second, is in the African Plains gift shop. The Meerkat Restaurant can also provide cash-back.

Are we allowed to bring in food to have a picnic?

Dublin Zoo has a number of superb catering outlets that offer a range of delicious hot and cold meals and snacks. If you wish to bring a picnic there are lawns and picnic tables around the Zoo.

Food Allergy Notice


Dublin Zoo’s catering partner, BaxterStorey, follows all food safety protocol and provides consumer information and advice on allergens in all restaurants. 


Although animals are usually fed at distance from the public, the produce we feed our animals may contain human allergens. 

Other Visitors

As visitors are permitted to bring their own food produce on site providing an allergen-free environment is not possible.

Can I feed the animals?

Feeding the animals is NOT permitted. Giving them your food could make them sick.

What is the best ticket type to buy as a gift?

If you are purchasing a ticket as a gift, we recommend you buy a gift card as it will be valid for 12 months from date of purchase. You can purchase gift cards here.

How can I avail of a concession/special needs ticket?

Visitors with special needs may admit one accompanying carer free of charge when they purchase a special needs adult or child ticket.

Please bring relevant ID and documentation, such as an IAA Autism ID card, or an associated membership card, GP letter or hospital consultant letter which confirms the visitor is unable to visit Dublin Zoo independently without the aid of a carer or mobility aid.

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