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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Expensive if you are paying full price(we got student tickets). Parking is awful, cars abandoned everywhere, even blocking the footpaths surrounding the zoo. Needs parking attendants.

Inside the zoo, the refurb really makes a difference compared to when I went as a kid. The far right part of the zoo needs an overhaul as it's the same with the same enclosures. Basically just a path.

Needs more restaurants. Costa cafe is horrifically over priced so bring a packed lunch!

Long queues at the toilets also.

Despite the above, it's a great day out and enjoyed it. Weather helped also!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Simon M
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Had a great time here today with my 2 year old daughter. Parking was a bit difficult so I recommend getting in early if you’re driving. Bring your own food if you want something healthy, otherwise the fast food and vending machines are aplenty. Great exhibits and habitats. Most impressed with the FIVE rhinos, elephants and the giraffes. No need to wait in line to see them from an angle either, plenty of viewing area with no obstructions. Gift shop could be bigger as moving around in there with a buggy was a nightmare.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank lozzapalooza
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We had a great time even with the wet weather. All the animals except for one or two could be seen.

Will def go again

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank redrighthand13
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Brilliant zoo lots of animals and very well set out with food, drinks, toilets and seating in every section.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank EmilyT2730
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

My young family and I had been meaning to visit Dublin Zoo for quite a while, and finally managed a trip during the Easter holidays.
We are seasoned zoo visitors, having visited a couple of different zoos in the UK, and pet farms in Ireland. However Dublin Zoo is unique on its own merits, and fully deserved a five-star rating from us.

It's a large site - it took us 5 hours to visit the whole zoo, with frequent stop-offs at the many playgrounds dotted around the site.
It's very easy to navigate your way around the site: you walk in a clockwise route following the numbers for the attractions/animals in ascending order.
You can see that a lot of investment has gone into this facility. The paddocks and animal houses are extensive and spacious. The animals seem very well cared for. The only downsize is that some of the paddocks seemed too big for us visitors to view the animals (but this is not a bad thing). It's important that the animals thrive in their own natural habitats as far as possible.

There is a great animal collection at this zoo. Beautifully landscaped grounds, and scenic walks by the impressive lakes/ponds within the site. Great visitor facilities. There is no aviary in the zoo anymore (so I understand?), so no birds to view (unless you count the local species flying above Phoenix Park), and one of my daughters loves butterflys there are none here...but then you can't have a zoo with every species of living thing...can you?

Food & drink is rather expensive on-site (we didn't sample any, so can't comment on the quality of their offering), but bring your own picnic (like we did), and you will find lots of lovely picnic spots to enjoy.

You will do an awful lot of walking on your visit! Please could the zoo authorities investigate putting in some kind of 'Noddy-type' electric passenger train for the public, which could drive around the site? We noticed the zoo staff were using electric golf-type carts to get around. Some mobility assistance needs to be provided for the elderly and young children especially. These groups could be dis-enfranchised otherwise from their visit. In addition a regular shuttle bus service from Dublin city centre to/from the zoo would also be a great feature to have, and would reduce the demand for car parking. Does the zoo have a mobility development plan for such features as I've described? It would also enhance the zoo's green credentials.

Otherwise Dublin Zoo is a credit to Dublin (& Ireland), and was a fantastic day-out! We hope to return soon.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank NeilT626
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