Edinburgh Zoo

Submitted by George Farquhar on Sat, 2011-04-23

Edinburgh Zoo is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The Society was founded in March 1909, and the Zoo opened in July 1913.

Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, the Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre.

Apart from getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out.

You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities – ranging from keeper talks through to hands-on animal encounters – and a wide-range of eating experiences, several play areas, a fantastic gift shop, free hilltop safari rides.

Attractions in Edinburgh Zoo

For a great day out, you can’t beat Edinburgh Zoo. Its world-class attractions and their extensive animal collection will provide you and your family with memories to last a lifetime! Explore some of our top attractions below, then come see them for yourself…only at Edinburgh Zoo.

New for 2010: Sun Bears

Sun bears Somnang and Rotana have arrived at their new state-of-the-art enclosure. Come see this handsome pair today. It’s a bear necessity!

Budongo Trail

Edinburgh Zoo’s Budongo Trail allows visitors to see our chimpanzees in the world’s most innovative, interactive chimpanzee enclosure. Watch these amazing creatures in their home and learn all about the links between humans and our closest relatives.

Living Links

Living Links is an indoor/outdoor facility that houses capuchin and squirrel monkeys. Visitors can get up-close to these lively and engaging primates as they swing around their enclosures!

Penguin Parade

Every day at 2.15pm the gates of Edinburgh Zoo’s penguin enclosure are opened for the Penguin Parade! It’s a don’t-miss event for the whole family.

Hilltop Safari

Looking for an easy and enjoyable way to discover the Zoo? Enjoy a ride on our free Hilltop Safari with our knowledgeable drivers. You can take the round trip, or walk down from the top of the hill!

Meet The Animals!

Edinburgh Zoo’s animal collection is our premier attraction! In addition to many rare and endangered species, Edinburgh Zoo is home to the UK’s only Koalas. Edinburgh Zoo also boasts the largest penguin enclosure in the world!

Visitor Info:

Ticket Prices:

Edinburgh Zoo relies upon the generosity of our visitors. The prices below include a 10% donation to our various conservation projects.

2011 Ticket Prices

  • Adult £15.50
  • Child 3 – 15 years £11.00
  • Child (under 3) FREE
  • Concession £13.00

Check the Eligibility for concessions while booking.

Family Tickets

  • 2 Adults, 2 children £47.70
  • 2 Adults, 3 children £57.60
  • 1 Adult, 2 children £33.70
  • 1 Adult, 3 children £43.60

Opening Times

Apr. to Sep.: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
Oct. and Mar.: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Nov. to Feb.: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Telephone: 0131 334 9171
Fax: 0131 314 0384
Email: i…@rzss.org.uk

Website: http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk

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