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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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Karen lee

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Clonmel, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

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

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

We visited here while on a family holiday in Kilkenny. It was fantastic and out 2yr old loved it. Loads to see and do and very informative. Staff were great. We even got to hold some of the reptiles although I can't say I have overcome my fear of spiders. After you have a look around there is a soft... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We visited while in killkenny read some reviews online said you could spend a full day there so popped along to have a look kids are very interested in reptiles lovely friendly welcome when we arrived were informed about talks throughout the day walked around didn't take a huge amount of time then I was thinking how could you spend... More 

1 Thank debscon30
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The best part of a visit is the animal interaction part which is very interesting and enjoyable. Make sure you get to see this as without it the place is interesting but quite small. 2 adults and a child was €27 - when you add in the interaction/education piece this is well worth it. They have a small cafe area,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely visit to the reptile zoo. My children and aged 4 and 22 months and both really enjoyed it. It is not very big but quite interesting there is a talk held a few times throughout the day and u get to rub some of the reptiles and can ask any questions. The staff were lovely and... More 

1 Thank Fusiha
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Visited here with my two young boys. They had a great time. We saw the Burmese python being fed which brought all manner of questions from my 4 year old! There's a new dome open out the back which simulates a rain forest and they have lizards and tortoise in there that you can get right up to force closer... More 

Thank carina_a_morgan

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