Meet more than 1,000 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


Edinburgh Zoo

What to expect

On-site shop
Open year-round
Picnic areas
Public transport

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 until 2021. 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 III, 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 plant-life.

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

Treat the kids to a Keeper Experience to learn more about the zoo behind-the-scenes whilst finding out more about conservation and the environment.


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


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

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A day at Edinburgh Zoo will cost a family of two adults and two kids upwards of £50.