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Dublin Zoo

At The Spencer Hotel

The Spencer Hotel Dublin is located near Dublin Zoo, the perfect activity for a fun day out for the whole family. Dublin Zoo is located in the picturesque setting of Dublin’s Phoenix Park, which is approximately 4 miles from the hotel. You can grab a taxi, or you can walk the short distance to O’Connell Street and hop on a bus which will drop you outside the entrance of the zoo. 

At the zoo, you will be able to learn loads of interesting facts about all of the different animals, including endangered species. Dublin Zoo is one of the oldest zoos, dating back to 1831. It is currently home to over 400 animals. When you visit the zoo and buy a ticket, a certain amount goes towards the maintenance of the zoo. You can travel around 28 hectares of land to see what all the animals are up to in their different enclosures. The ethos of Dublin Zoo is to educate people and to give a sense of appreciating wildlife. 

Ticket prices:

  • Adult €19.50
  • Child €14.00
  • Child under 3 Free
  • Senior Citizens €14.50


The list of daily events that take place at Dublin Zoo are as follows:

  • 11:15 am  Asian lion
  • 11:45 am Orangutan
  • 12:00 pm  Zoorassic World - Reptiles Past & Present
  • 12:30 pm  Elephant
  • 12:45 pm  Chimpanzee
  • 2:15 pm Sea Lion
  • 2:30 pm  Penguin
  • 2:45 pm  Giraffe
  • 3:00 pm  Rhinoceros
  • 3.15 pm  Gorilla


From March to September these events take place daily. From October to February they take place on weekends. These daily events can vary depending on the welfare of the animals.

 Dublin Zoo outline that conserving the habitat for animals is at the top of their priority list. Their list of habitats include:

  • African Savanna – to try and imitate what would be seen on an African safari.
  • Family Farm - learn all about farm animals. 
  • Kaziranga Forest Trail – an Asian rainforest in the middle of Dublin. Built for the needs of the elephants, you will see pools, rock formations, a waterfall surrounded by forest and bamboo and most importantly the elephants!
  • Gorilla Rainforest – like the rainforest in West Africa, this rainforest was built with the gorilla’s behaviour in mind. Home to Western Lowland Gorillas which are the largest primates in the world.
  • Zoorasic world – Dublin Zoo's newest installment. Zoorasic world now holds the reptiles as well as some very large dinosaur skeletons.
  • South American House – home to nine species of monkeys, tortoises and parrots from Central and South America.
  • Asian Forests – features beautiful flora and fauna and is home to lions and tigers.
  • Orangutan Forest - home to 4 lovely orangutans this forest features many large trees, encouraging orangutans natural climbing behaviours. They share their habitat with the siamang gibbons. 
  • Sea Lion Cove – home to very cute sea lions.
  • The Penguin Habitat - a natural environment for 13 Humboldt penguins, reflecting their natural habitat. 


Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular family attraction and the Zoo welcomed over one million visitors last year

Click here to view Dublin Zoo’s opening times. 

You can ask our reception team about directions. Visit our things-to-do page for more recommendations on fun family activities. 

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