Edinburgh Zoo

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Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Zoo - The meerkat's at Edinburgh zoo
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Edinburgh Zoo - Penguins
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Edinburgh Zoo Reviews

slothtraveller slothtra…
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One of the best zoos in the UK Jan 22, 2017
In July 2014, we took a train over to Edinburgh from Glasgow and decided to visit the zoo. After a short bus trip from Princes Street, we arrived at the zoo entrance. We enjoyed visiting the animals, especially the meerkats and the penguins who had lovely, spacious enclosures.

We were given a map at the entrance so we were able to plan our visit effectively. The zoo is situated on steep, sprawling hillside so we decided to head to the top of the hill and then slowly meander our way back down via all the enclosures. This meant we didn't have to keep going back up hill all the time. We ate a quick lunch at one of the restaurants in the zoo, although it was quite expensive and the food was nothing special. I would instead recommend taking a packed lunch and having a picnic somewhere in the zoo grounds as there are plenty of benches and grassy areas where you could stop and eat a picnic.

You should aim to spend a decent amount of your day at the zoo as the tickets are not cheap. An adult entry ticket as I write this in January 2017 is £19. That's £2.50 more expensive than when I visited in 2014. If you are a member at any other UK zoos, it's worth finding out whether Edinburgh has a reciprocal agreement with your zoo regarding free entry. At present, a member of any of the following zoos is entitled to one free entry per year at Edinburgh: Bristol Zoo Gardens, Colchester Zoo, Marwell Wildlife, Newquay Zoo, Paignton Zoo & Living Coasts and Twycross Zoo. Ring ahead to check the arrangement is still valid and make sure you take your membership card and a welcome letter from your member zoo.

The zoo is open 9.00am to 6.00pm (April - September), 9.00am to 5.00pm (October & March) and 9.00am to 4.30pm (November-February).

Visit the website to check that all the enclosures are open when you want to visit; you may also need to book a time if you want to see the giant pandas.

Directions: Take bus 12, 26 or 31 from the city centre to the zoo.

Website: http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk
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SWFC_Fan says:
Great tip Steve!
I usually allocate the best part of a full day for a zoo visit as well.
Posted on: Jan 22, 2017
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Ceejay211 Ceejay211
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If u are going to visit Edinburgh u must visit Edinburgh zoo Jan 08, 2013
the best time to go to Edinburgh zoo would be between

June and mid august when the weather is actually good

first visit the castle and make sure u catch the 21 cannon salute there

and then head to the zoo after

there are plenty of animals too see there

from lions tigers to exotic parrots

there an amazing parrot show there that runs through out

july worth seeing, the zoo is on a steep hill so be perpaired

eat before u go in expensive to eat in there $10 for chips in there lol
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jojostevie jojostev…
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Edinburgh Zoo Dec 01, 2008
I'm probably quite checking putting expensive here as I went on Sunday and it was free entry!!! However, if you were planning on taking your family it would be an expensive day out. Adult £11.5 and child £8

I haven't been since last year and they have a couple of new things.

Rainbow landings which is an enclosure that you walk through where parrots and other types of birds fly around - we were a bit worried if we were going to come out with cack on our heads but we were fine!!!


The Magical Forrest which is another inside thing where you can view monkeys in enclosures!! Since it was really busy as it was free to get in people were walking into each other there was almost a fight - we ran!!!

Living Links which is another monkey enclosure showing the stages of evolution.

Of course all the normal polar bear (wasn't doing much just lying around), koalas (such ashame their in such small rooms), zebras (in the african planes which were covered in frost) it is a great day out and the views from the hilltop are fantastic!!!
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