Edinburgh Zoo, formerly the Scottish National Zoological Park, is an 82-acre (33 ha) non-profit zoological park in the Corstorphine area of Edinburgh, Scotland.
The land lies on the south facing slopes of Corstorphine Hill, from which it provides extensive views of the city. Built in 1913, and owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, it receives over 600,000 visitors a year, which makes it Scotland's second most popular paid-for tourist attraction, after Edinburgh Castle. As well as catering to tourists and locals, the zoo is involved in many scientific pursuits, such as captive breeding of endangered animals, researching into animal behaviour, and active participation in various conservation programs around the world.
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Chris Ferguson | Mar 7, 2018
The zoo had enough to keep us and our toddler busy for an entire day. There are a number of playgrounds through the site which helped! The zoo is easy enough to get to via bus - there are a number of them that go along to the main stretch of Princes Street. It was a quiet day when we went so the queue for tickets was small, however on busier days it is worth knowing you can book your tickets online and pick them up on arrival. The zoo is built onto a hillside which can be very steep in places, so beware if you're not in prime condition! Highly recommended if you have kids and are looking for something to do in Edinburgh.
Hayley | Feb 8, 2018
We went for Valentines Day last year and had a really great time. Hill is a little steep so wear flat shoes. Went to see the Pandas and weren't disappointed as both the male and female came out to say hello. You do have to wait to see them though as they are the main attraction at the zoo. Loads of other animals to see especially the sun bears who were very active that day and the penguins are fun if not a tad on the smelly side!! Great day all round
Asha Edwards | Feb 20, 2018
We visited in the late afternoon and saw some of the shy animals during feeding. Always a few new animals, as well as favourites, to encourage repeat trips. Chimpanzees were especially awesome. Several options for food, although more open up in the summer/holidays. A couple of good climbing frames for the children to burn off any left over energy after climbing the hill!
Hamilton Jones | Mar 3, 2018
For a zoo close to the city centre, Edinburgh Zoo is surprisingly large and has an impressive selection of animals. It's the only place in the UK with giant pandas and koala bears, both of which are very worth seeing. With the exception of a few parts, the zoo is mostly outside and on a hillside, so wrap up warm if you're going in winter. The zoo is great for people of all ages, there are plenty of cafes and places to stop with a packed lunch, and the penguin parade is really charming if you're there early afternoon.
Lauren | Feb 22, 2018
Good zoo. Not much to see as a lot of exhibits were closed. Nice walk round the zoo though. Is a bit hilly so bear that in mind when walking round. Would probably be better in more peak times as things would be open and more to see. Having the giant pandas there was a plus though as rare to see them. We caught a glimpse as they were popping out. :) We would go again but at a better time of year.7
Amanda SN | Apr 18, 2018
Edinburgh is the only zoo in Britain to have giant pandas, but it also offers much more. The popular penguin parade is well worth checking out, though it is recommended to get there in advance to guarantee a good spot. You can also see some of the important research work they do, such as with monkeys. On this visit we had one of the keeper experiences, the close encounters, and it was an experience that I know I'll treasure. We got to go behind the scenes, meet animals one-on-one and have our questions answered by an extremely knowledgeable zookeeper.
Christopher Garvey | Mar 31, 2018
Pricey for what you get. There's a variety of animals to view but the classic zoo animals are missing: elephants, polar bears and giraffe. Some special animals are the Scottish wildcats, tapirs, and oriental otters. Conservation was pushed and was explained well. Each enclosure explaining how you can help preserve the world we live in. However I would have liked more detail about the animals: lifespan, size, species unique features.... The animals did have spaces to escape the visitors which was nice. The zoo was clean and many walking enclosures were looked after.
Thomas Crosby | Apr 11, 2018
This zoo is massive! They have loads of animals all different habitats, and they all seem really well looked after. Their habitats are clean, the animals seem happy, and there are staff positioned in good locations ready to give information and guidance. You can also make an appointment to see the pandas which is an incredible experience. You have to be quiet so they aren't startled, if they don't get startled it's amazing watching them. They have bird sanctuaries you can walk through, a penguin habitat that looked great for the penguins, there was even predators like lions and tigers, and so much more. Very good place to bring kids, the are about 3 cafés where you can get all sorts of things from snacks to meals and beverages. There is a lot of walking involved on this day out which easily takes a full day, as it's located on a huge hill, so the walking around is quite taxing, it's up hill the further you go in and in the way back down is down hill. Friendly place, highly recommended day out, would definitely visit again! Would bring plenty of money if getting meals for the family and there is a gift shop.
John Shaw | Mar 20, 2018
Yesterday we spent a wonderful day at the zoo. The animal compounds are really well designed. All the animals look really well cared for.The penguins are absolutely brilliant to watch (even though they refused to 'parade'). An excellent day out and definitely good value for money. My only suggestion would be a Reptile House - we missed seeing tortoises.
Vicky Dunbar | May 20, 2018
The kids and ourselves had a great time here. We booked our tickets online and it was a good bit cheaper to do so. The variety of animals is amazing, over 1000 rare and endangered animals as the park map told us and the enclosures were clean and appropriate for them. The zoo keeper talks were great and the kids asked loads of questions which the keepers were more than happy to answer. The zoo is on a gradient and some of the paths are steep but there is a fantastic view from the top so it's worth the effort. There is also a disabled-friendly route marked on the map which avoids steps and inclines. There are 3 cafes to choose from or plenty of picnic spots around the park to stop for lunch and of course the gift shop is fantastic!
Harry D. Kamilaris | May 2, 2018
Amazing day at the zoo!! This is by far one of the best Zoo in the UK. You need to plan ahead (minimum book by midnight or the previous day), so as to qualify for an online discount. Plus, it's an outdoor activity, so it's probably best to pick one of the rare sunny days in Edinburgh, or at least a rain free one. There are many animals to see and the facilities look amazing for the animals. Very informative and friendly stuff. The famous penguin parade and the giant panda is a must see. In addition, there is a huge variety of monkeys, chimpanzees and exotic birds. It's a very good activity for children as well. Be prepared though, as the Zoo is located on a hill and the ground could be uphill and tiring at times. The only thing I found there is room for improvement are the timetables for the various activities. There are so few and it is a great shame to plan overlapping events. Other that that, it was an amazing experience, and I'll surely do it again. Cheers.
William Baskerville | May 20, 2018
I went here at the tail end of 2013 with my then girlfriend at the time, having a great time walking around the zoo. Though it was the tail end of the year, I would like to go there again during the summer time to see what it's like. The staff where friendly, place was nice and the penguin walk was amazing! I would suggest everyone should make a effort to go here.
JS Haggart | Apr 29, 2018
Great day out for all ages and much to see and hear about, from wee beasties to the giants of the animal kingdom. We spent a lovely Spring day wondering around seeing the particular animals that each of us wanted to but avoiding the ones that were having keepers talks, so that we could then see those animals and here about them in more detail than reading the information plaques. The Pandas were great but you do need to book in advance during the May to September period as you have more people visiting and you are given a time slot so that the zoo can ensure the volume of people each get a chance to see the wonder animals. There are plenty of places to eat too from a quick snack to something more substantial what ever takes your fancy.
Naincy Sharma | May 11, 2018
Panda and Penguin are show stoppers...a very beautiful place...loads of greenery...and hill top view point is awesome. ....dare you not get tired by the time u reach the top. .....variety of animals and information on them really keeps you involved!!!... Watch out if you have kidz...as they have a lot of spots to stay and enjoy even more than adults... Nicely maintained....and a nice day picnic spot....Personal advise. ....book your tickets online before going on weekends or holidays...this will save you from standing in kilometres long queue...save time .and costs you cheaper as well....😜😜
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