Stay 2 km from Dublin Zoo

Located in the beautiful Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is one of the world’s oldest zoos and is Ireland’s most popular family attraction. With a distance of only 2.4km, a short walk or few minutes drive, Maldron Smithfield is one of the closest accommodations near Dublin Zoo.

The zoo spreads over twenty-eight hectares and it transports families to the Arctic, the plains of Africa and Indian Rainforests before kids visit Pets’ Corner and the City Farm. Dublin Zoo is home to 400 animals that are housed in a safe environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience.

Catch a glimpse ahead of your visit with the Dublin Zoo webcam.

There are restaurants, baby changing facilities, picnic areas, first aid, toilets, gift shop and information points easily visible on Dublin Zoo map.

The zoo is easily accessible via public transport. If you should arrive by car though, there is a large parking area available near the zoo entrance.

So what are you waiting for? Grab the kids and have an enjoyable day out.

Dublin Zoo Hotel Deal & Facilities


Maldron Hotel Smithfield has everything you need for your family adventure to Dublin Zoo. 

  • Affordable 4-star accommodation
  • Spacious family rooms
  • Secure underground car park
  • On-site restaurant for family breakfast and dinner
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel


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Maldron Hotel Smithfield is ideally located for family activities. The zoo is just a short walk and a 10 minutes drive from our hotel. You can also opt to take the LUAS to go to the zoo. The Smithfield Red LUAS stop is just a 2-minute walk from the hotel and two stops away from Dublin Zoo.

Families are welcome at the Maldron Hotel Smithfield. Our large family rooms come in a variety of sizes, with the largest accommodating up to six people with two double beds and a pull-out couch bed. Other options include two double beds, one double bed and two single beds, as well as baby cots if necessary. As standard amenities, all of our family rooms include cable TV, baths, hair dryers, ironing boards, tea and coffee stations, in-room safes, and free WiFi.

What about feeding the young visitors? We at the Maldron Hotel Smithfield understand the value of a delicious meal for families. The entire family will have a memorable experience at our Grain & Grill restaurant, which offers great food, excellent service, and a very personalized approach. For the little ones, we also have a special kids menu.

Dublin Zoo Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a family ticket at Dublin Zoo? 

Family tickets vary from 59 to 67€. Maldron Hotel Smithfield recommends booking online via Dublin Zoo official website to get the best prices.

How far is Dublin Zoo from train stations?

Heuston Station, a 20 minutes’ walk to Dublin Zoo, is the closest train station.

Can you stay at Dublin Zoo?

There is no accommodation at Dublin Zoo which makes Maldron Hotel Smithfield the perfect place to stay, only 2.2km away from the Dublin Zoo entrance. The zoo is just a short walk and a 10 minutes drive from the hotel. You can also opt to take the LUAS: the Smithfield Red LUAS stop is just a 2-minute walk from the hotel and two stops away from Dublin Zoo.

How long does it take to see everything in Dublin Zoo?

Dublin Zoo is a family destination worth spending time getting around. We recommend at least 3 hours to discover the 400+ animals and their habitats. We advise considering extra time for snack breaks or if you are traveling with young children.

What time does Dublin Zoo open? 

Dublin Zoo opens its gate at 9:30 am every day of the week, all year round including bank holidays. The zoo is only closed for Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day.

What times does it close? 

Dublin Zoo closes at 6 pm every day of the week with the last admission being 5pm at the gates. 

What animals are in Dublin Zoo? 

Dublin Zoo is home to more than 400 animals coming from all around the world. During your visit, adults and kids will get familiar with bongos, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, lions, meerkats, red pandas, snow leopards, wolves, zebras, penguins, pythons, crocodiles, turtles and more. Check out the animal encyclopedia of Dublin Zoofor the full list.

Can the hotel accommodate a family of 6 people?

Yes, our large family rooms comfortably sleep up to six people, ensuring enough room for the entire family ahead of the Dublin Zoo visit.

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To find out about our latest offers, visit our special offers page, phone our friendly reservations team on +353 (0)1 485 0900 or email where we can assist in planning your holiday to Dublin.

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