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Edinburgh Zoo

Monkey fun at Edinburgh Zoo.Monkey fun at Edinburgh Zoo.

Take a trip to Edinburgh Zoo to meet more than 1000 animals in a parkland setting, including chimps, lions and Britain’s only koalas. Edinburgh Zoo rates highly in the conservation stakes but also offers interactive fun and an educational day out.

Best for: All ages

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What to Expect:


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Family tickets
  • Farm animals
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Great for toddlers
  • Open year-round
  • Special events
  • Public transport
  • Picnic areas
  • Pay on day
 

What to do

Go see the UK's only Giant Pandas. They have travelled all the way from China to take up residence at the zoo on a 10-year loan. People are flocking there just to see these guys; viewing is on a ticketed system (no additional fee) so make sure you get your ticket before you arrive.

Make sure you go and meet the zoo's most famous penguin, Sir Nils Olav, currently a Guard-in-Chief in the Norwegian Guard and highly regarded by both Norway and the people of Scotland.

Take a trip down the Budongo Trail, a fun environment in which to observe the zoo’s chimpanzees, with viewing galleries, plasma screens, interactive displays, murals and plantlife.

Catch an Animal Antics Show – find out the times of feeding and shows for specific animals when you arrive at the zoo.

Check out the events calendar for an up-to-date overview of special events taking place at the zoo.

Treat the kids to a Keeper Experience where they can learn more about the zoo 'behind-the-scene's whilst finding out more about conservation and the environment.

Where to stay

Check out our destination guide to Edinburgh for our recommendations on family-friendly places to stay.

 

When

Daily 9am to 6pm April – September, to 5pm (October and March) and to 4.30pm (November – February).

How

The zoo is easily reached by bus from Edinburgh city centre. Those driving can make use of a park-and-ride service; otherwise the car park charge is £4. For more details, see the website

Eat

There are four cafés, a restaurant and several kiosks throughout the grounds, including the new Jungle Café serving home-cooked pizzas and freshly baked cakes, plus various picnic areas and benches.

Cost

A day at Edinburgh Zoo will cost a family of two adults and two kids £58; other family combination tickets are also available.

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