It’s been a while now since Dublin and I’ve still got posts to write, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to use some of my favourite animal photos and write about Dublin Zoo for you. It’s worth pointing out that I did ask if they wanted to work with me and they didn’t, so this post is completely off my own back, I paid for the tickets and no one at the Zoo knew I was a blogger.
When I did the #CheapflightsChallenge I was really on a budget, but wanted to spend some of it (€19.50 each) on Zoo tickets, as both Jade and I fancied going. We planned to spend part of our first day at the Zoo but had our cases, so were really pleased when we rang ahead and they had lockers we could leave them in. Win.
There’s a lot of photos in this post (you should see the ones I HAVEN’T shared here!) I made the most of my telephoto lens and took tons of photos throughout the weekend. Animals have just got to be photographed, right?
Dublin Zoo is a pretty good size-I feel like we had enough time in the four hours we were there, and could probably have done it in three-but we could also have easily spent a full day there. I like watching the animals wander around and I could have watched the Giraffes (who are my favourites, as well as the big cats) for hours. I probably would have if I’d been on my own, just look how gorgeous they are.
The Zoo is in Phoenix Park, which is a massive park just outside the city centre. There’s a Deer Park, and the official residency of the President of Ireland and the US Ambassador-it’s mentioned in ALL the Dublin Guide books as somewhere you must see. Though we didn’t take the opportunity to explore it, mainly because we were tired. Whoops.
I did really enjoy my Zoo visit though and I would recommend that people go. My absolute highlight was one of the tigers, who decided to sit for ages right next to the glass and pose for photos. I got tons of photos and a brilliant selfie with him (and unlike the selfies with drugged tigers in Thailand everyone has on Tinder, mine is with a tiger who could walk away whenever he wanted. He did eventually, after we’d all seen how beautiful he was for long enough-typical cat!)
Have you been to Dublin Zoo? Would a Zoo be on your weekend away to do list?