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The National Reptile Zoo

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Address: Demesne Road, Gowran, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 56 772 6757
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

Over 50 exhibits and more than 150 animals!

Animal Encounter Zone


Over 50 exhibits and more than 150 animals!

Animal Encounter Zone

Walk through tropical exhibit

Soft play area

Indoor and outdoor picnic area

Snack bar

Souvenir shop

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found it eventually, very pleasant staff, plenty of parking. Good amount to see. Live meet and see the animals was excellent. Staff know their stuff.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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143 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

found it eventually, very pleasant staff, plenty of parking. Good amount to see. Live meet and see the animals was excellent. Staff know their stuff.

Thank Eibhs
Bridgend, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great way to pass an hour or two. There are lots of lizards, snakes and other reptiles to see. The highlight was the opportunity to hold a tarantula and a snake. The handler (Unfortunately I didn't catch her name) was interesting and able to answer any questions. There is also a tropical dome where you can touch... More 

Thank TaraByrne31
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited the reptile zoo last weekend and it was very enjoyable. It is well worth a visit and very educational. Plenty of reptiles to see and the staff were excellent. The animal encounters section was very good. It would only take you one hour to see everything and do the animal encounters part but it is worth it for a... More 

Thank Stephen K
Carlow, Ireland
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Have to say I was amazed at how good the place was! Not sure what I expected (even though it is the "national" reptile zoo...). Even on arrival, expected very little from the outside but cannot recommend this place highly enough!! Our little fella at 2 & 1/2 absolutely loved the place & the reptiles and so did we. You'll... More 

1 Thank Keith L
Naul, Dublin, Ireland
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33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Staff were super friendly and really good with the kids. Very informative and the kids got the chance to hold some of the reptiles. Would definately go back.

Thank patricia421
Clonmel, Ireland
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88 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

I visited here with my two sons yesterday. My older lad was somewhat fascinated by the reptiles but you'd be in and out in 30 minutes. Nothing special at all

Thank blaa_in_exile
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Had great day today. Plenty of reptiles to see. Not overpriced .very friendly staff and knowledgable too.will be back.

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for kids to learn theres a play area a little coffee dock the staff are very informative an take an animal out at different intervals for the kids to hold or touch an the kids get to ask questions an learn there every type of reptile you can think of definately recommend it

1 Thank Chaz1975
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Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Took the children I was minding there and they had an absolute blast. The staff was great and exhibits held the children's attention. Very cool!

Thank Erin K
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Called in this week with my 2 and 3 yr old. It was a Monday morning so it was quite. My kids really enjoyed the experience. Loved that all the enclosures were at kid level and I found that the kids loved running from one to the next to spot the animal in each. They also really enjoyed the animal... More 

2 Thank David C

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