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Edinburgh Zoo

See rare and endangered species and learn about the efforts to conserve them at Edinburgh’s largest wildlife attraction.

Escape to the Edinburgh Zoo for a few hours of animal-based adventures. Spread over an 82-acre (33-hectare) site, the zoo has a collection of more than 1,000 animals representing almost 200 species.

A popular first stop is the Budongo Trail, the zoo’s vast chimpanzee facility. Observe chimps climbing, stretching and exercising in their outdoor enclosures and network of indoor rooms. Explore the similarities and differences between chimps and humans with interactive digital games and mock skeletons.  

Among the most famous zoo residents are the two giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang. To view them in their enclosures you need to book in advance. Tickets are free, but places are limited. Groups are led through the viewing areas every 10 minutes.

Look up as exotic bird species fly overhead in the walkthrough aviary. The exhibit houses birds from all over the world. They include the critically endangered Bali starling and the Nicobar pigeon, the closest living relative of the dodo. Every afternoon there’s a talk about the zoo’s collection of birds.

Jump aboard the zebra trailer for the 30-minute Hilltop Safari. Starting at the duck pond, the tour takes about half an hour and travels past baboons, antelopes and big cats as the driver provides a running commentary.

Visit the Physics Garden where some of the medicinal plants have been planted in such a way that they resemble parts of the human body.

You can have preview glimpses or post-trip memories of your visit by viewing the live zoo-cams on the website. Year-round there are cameras focused on the pandas, penguins and squirrel monkeys. For some months of the year there is also a bird-box cam.

Located approximately 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) west of the city center, Edinburgh Zoo is easily reached. Four Lothian Bus routes stop outside the front entrance and limited paid parking is available.

Edinburgh Zoo is open daily but opening times vary throughout the year; check the zoo website for times. The zoo is situated on a hillside and visitors are advised to wear comfortable footwear.


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Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel ¥5,294
Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel

Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel

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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Haymarket, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and Princes Street. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Usher Hall are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh Haymarket Station is only a 2-minute walk and Edinburgh Waverley Station is 26 minutes.

    Holiday Inn Edinburgh ¥6,173
    Holiday Inn Edinburgh

    Holiday Inn Edinburgh

    132 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Edinburgh Zoo and Spire Murrayfield Hospital. Murrayfield Stadium and Tynecastle Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Point A Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket ¥5,592
      Point A Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket

      Point A Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket

      152 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Haymarket, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Usher Hall, and Royal Lyceum Theatre. Princes Street and George Street are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 6 minutes by foot and Edinburgh Waverley Station is 22 minutes.

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        Spacious Flat Near Murrayfield

        3 Pinkhill Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Bright And Spacious Corstorphine Home

          Bright And Spacious Corstorphine Home

          Carrick Knowe Drive, Edinburgh, Scotland
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Carrick Knowe, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Spire Murrayfield Hospital and Edinburgh Zoo. Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). South Gyle Station is 27 minutes by foot.

            Leonardo Edinburgh Murrayfield ¥6,945
            Leonardo Edinburgh Murrayfield

            Leonardo Edinburgh Murrayfield

            187 Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Edinburgh, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bruntsfield Links Golf Course and Lauriston Castle. Edinburgh Zoo and Royal Burgess Golf Course are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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              Charming 2-br Flat for 4 in Quiet Corstorphine

              Charming 2-br Flat for 4 in Quiet Corstorphine

              Flat 1, No 2 Belgrave Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Corstorphine, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh Zoo, and Edinburgh Park. Murrayfield Stadium and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are also within 3 mi (5 km). South Gyle Station is 22 minutes by foot.

                The Torfin ¥10,020
                The Torfin

                The Torfin

                108 St Johns road, Edinburgh, Scotland
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Corstorphine, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh Zoo, and Edinburgh Park. Murrayfield Stadium and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are also within 3 mi (5 km). South Gyle Station is 19 minutes by foot.