Group visits are welcome at Brooklands Zoo! If you wish to bring a school group or any sort of large group for a visit we need to book you in and avoid too many group visits on one day as the zoo can quickly become congested with people. You can also book in a short keeper talk for your group.
Educational Keeper Talks
Depending on staff availability, we can offer short educational keeper talks. This is strictly a pre-book only service and subject to availability of staff. Talks are for groups of no larger than 30 people per keeper.
Food at the Zoo
If your group is bringing pre-prepared food please remember that there is limited seating areas. Feeding of any of the zoo animals; including picking flowers or plants, is strictly prohibited. All the zoo animals are fed well balanced specialist diets and feeding them any other types of food can be very harmful to their health. There is a drinking fountain at the zoo.
On-site ice cream and coffee
The Wonky Cone has delicious real-fruit ice cream (served in a yummy waffle cone), gourmet coffee from Incafe and an array of teas – the Irish banter is free.
Open weekends, public holidays and school holidays from 10am to 3pm, weather permitting. More details are on their Facebook page.
The zoo plays hosts to a number of special events every year. We often host events as part of the TSB Festival of Lights Summer Scene.
Adults have been catered for too through the Council's annual Guided Walks Programme where they get up close and personal with some of the zoo animals. Keep an eye out on our Events Calendar for upcoming events.
- No balloons, straws or party decorations may be taken into the zoo grounds (as they could get into the animal habitats and the animals could choke on them if swallowed. We also use the zoo for grazing our farm animals when the zoo is closed).
- Feeding of the animals; including picking flowers or plants, is strictly prohibited. All the zoo animals are fed a well balanced specialist diet and feeding any other foods can be harmful to their health.
- Barriers, gates and fences must not be opened or climbed over for the safety of the public and the animals.
- Indoor picnics are not permitted in the farmyard barn nor are barbecues anywhere in the zoo grounds.
- Smoking is not permitted within the zoo grounds.
- No dogs or pets are permitted within the zoo grounds except for handlers accompanied by their fully trained and certified disability assist dog during public visiting hours subject to the handler pre-booking a visiting time. Disability assist dog means a dog certified by a recognised organisation (as listed in Schedule 5 of the Dog Control Act 1996). Access to the free-flight aviary and the farmyard areas are not permitted. Please advise us in advance if you wish to visit with a disability assist dog.
- Any rubbish generated during your visit must be removed from the zoo grounds on your departure or placed in the rubbish bins provided.
- Keeper talks and/or tours are limited to groups no larger than 20 people. Multiple groups can receive talks or tours at the same time on different topics depending on keeper availability.