The National Reptile Zoo | Kilkenny Tourism

The National Reptile Zoo


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