The National Reptile Zoo | Kilkenny Tourism

The National Reptile Zoo


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The National Reptile Zoo is Ireland’s only dedicated reptile zoo! We give you the unique opportunity to come face to face with some of the world’s most amazing animals – including giant pythons, monitor lizards, snapping turtles, tortoise, alligators, tarantulas and more! 

We pride ourselves on providing a hands-on, interactive experience for every visitor through our hourly Animal Encounters and Tropical Walk-Through Dome, it’s an experience not to be missed!


Demesne Rd, Gowran, Co.Kilkenny, R95 YE82

Facilities and Services

  • Animal Encounter Zone – Opportunities to hold and touch some of the world’s most fascinating creatures every hour! 
  • Tropical Walk-through Dome – Go inside the home of some of our Iguanas, Turtles and Tortoise!
  • Ireland’s largest snake –  Pearl, our 17ft Burmese Python! 
  • Indoor & Outdoor Picnic Areas
  • Over 50 exhibits – Our Zoo is home to a wide range of species, including giant pythons, American alligators, tarantulas, snapping turtles, scorpions and more! 
  • Indoor Soft Play Area – Let the kids go wild in our indoor soft play area, suitable for under 12’s
  • Fully indoor zoo – Rain or shine, a trip to the National Reptile Zoo is always fun, as we are fully indoors!
  • Open year round – Our Zoo is open from 10am to 6pm all year, and there’s no need to pre-book! 
  • School Tours – We provide a fun and educational guided tour for schools and groups, year round (pre-booking essential – minimum of 10 per group)
  • Zoo To You – Our mobile zoo team travel all over the country, bringing a selection of our animals to your school, college, birthday party, communion. Confirmation or corporate event! 
  • Radical Reptile Parties – You can have a party to remember here in the National Reptile Zoo, with a private animal encounter for you and your guests, hot food and full use of the indoor soft play area! 

What Makes Us Unique

  • Ireland’s ONLY dedicated Reptile Zoo
  • Fully indoors
  • Open year round
  • Fully licensed and insured
  • Unique Hands-On experience; opportunities to hold and touch some of the world’s most fascinating species! 
  • Home to Ireland’s largest snake – Come and see Pearl, our 17ft Burmese Python

Contact Details

Tel: 056 7726757