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Food and drink

Sea lion eating a fish

All our catering facilities are operated by Kylemore Catering.

The Lion's Den Restaurant

The Lion's Den Restaurant is located at the start of the Avenue walk. It is open every day from 10am to 6pm.

The Restaurant serves:

  • soup
  • sandwiches, wraps and ciabattas
  • hot meals
  • hot and cold drinks
  • ice cream
  • tray bakes.

We also serve Starbucks coffee!

Credit and debit card facilities are available at the Lion's Den Restaurant.

Kids' parties

Book a private room in the Lion's Den for your special occasion. Party meals cost £4.95 per child. Select from the following meals:

  • chicken nuggets, chips and a carton of fruit juice
  • sausages, beans, chips and a carton of fruit juice
  • sandwich, crisps and a carton of fruit juice.

To book your party, call us on 028 9077 3963 or email and for more information, download our  Kids' party leaflet

The Treetop Tearoom

The Treetop Tearoom is located at the very top of our Cave Hill site. It is the perfect spot to stop for a snack* and a refreshing drink, while you admire the panoramic views of Belfast Lough as well as Bora and Indera, the Malayan sun bears.

The Treetop Tearoom is open everyday from 11am to 6pm.

Debit and credit card facilities are available.

*Please be aware that this facility does not provide hot food.

Percy's Picnic Pitstop

Percy's Picnic Pitstop is beside the zoo's visitor centre and serves light refreshments, confectionary, ice cream and drinks.

The Pitstop is open during July and August, 10am to 6pm every day.

We also have Percy's ice cream van which is located at the zoo lake and it's open from 11am to 6pm every day. You can eat your cone and admire our flock of Chilean flamingos and great white pelicans, while your little monkeys enjoy the Adventurers' Learning Centre.

Debit and credit card facilities are not available.

Grab a BITE to eat

We have vending machines available in the visitor centre. You can buy drinks, confectionery and crisps before you begin your Belfast Zoo adventure.

Picnic lunches

Bringing a group to the zoo? Why not pre-book your picnic lunch?

A child lunch bag costs £4.95 and includes:

  • a freshly made sandwich
  • a bag of crisps or a piece of fruit
  • a carton of juice.

An adult lunch bag costs £5.95 and includes:

  • a deep filled sandwich
  • a bag of crisps or a piece of fruit
  • tea, coffee or a bottle of water.

To book a picnic lunch, call us on 028 9077 3963 or email and for more information, download our Picnic lunch leaflet

Our animals

Belfast Zoo is home to over 1,000 animals and more than 150 different species.

The majority of our animals are in danger in their natural habitat.

About the zoo

Belfast Zoo opened in 1934 and is one of Northern Ireland's top attractions.

It receives more than 300,000 visitors a year.


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