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A Day at Dublin Zoo

Over the weekend, my sister came across a 2 for 1 voucher for Dublin zoo and we joked about going…until we realised it would actually be a pretty fun day out! As we were both free that following Monday, we hopped on a bus and headed straight for the Phoenix Park.

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It was almost midday when we arrived and since I’d skipped breakfast in a rush to get out the door; my first priority was to find food! We stopped in at the Meerkat restaurant and grabbed a table right in front of the floor-to-ceiling window — on the other side of which were about a dozen adorable Meerkats! Watching the little guys scramble about and play with each other was such a great way to start the day!

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Although we were given maps of the area on arrival, we decided to just follow random trails and see where we ended up. It made for a more relaxed experience and it was fun not knowing what was next. Parts of the zoo are being redeveloped at the moment but that didn’t really affect us.

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We got to see all the usuals like the elephants, giraffes and hippos.  Then there were some more unique sights like red pandas and painted dogs. I really wanted to see the tigers but they were off hiding — it was breezy enough out so I really couldn’t blame them for keeping low!

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Walking around the zoo, I couldn’t get over how close we were to some of the animals! It almost felt like if you reached out just a little bit, you could touch them (obviously we didn’t!).

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Including a quick breakfast and a browse in the gift shop, we spent just under three hours at the zoo. I think if the weather had been a bit better (and also maybe if we weren’t so eager to stop by the city centre as well!), we would have stayed even longer. Entry for adults is €17 and with our 2 for 1 voucher, we definitely got excellent value for money. It was a really great experience overall and I’d definitely go back again — just maybe on a warmer day!

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