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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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Holiday Inn Edinburgh ¥5,261
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).

    Dalmore Lodge Guest House ¥7,847
    Dalmore Lodge Guest House

    Dalmore Lodge Guest House

    14 Downie Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the suburbs, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Edinburgh Zoo and within 3 mi (5 km) of Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). Greyfriars Kirk and St. Giles' Cathedral are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Leonardo Edinburgh Murrayfield ¥5,261
      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).

        Spacious Flat Near Murrayfield
        Spacious Flat Near Murrayfield

        Spacious Flat Near Murrayfield

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

          Situated in Edinburgh, 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 29 minutes by foot.

          Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian ¥15,962
          Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

          Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

          Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in West End, this luxury hotel is steps from Edinburgh Gin Distillery and Princes Street. George Street and Usher Hall are also within 5 minutes. Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 11 minutes by foot and Edinburgh Waverley Station is 17 minutes.

            Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel ¥4,042
            Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel

            Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel

            Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Haymarket, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Princes Street Gardens, and Greyfriars Kirk. Edinburgh Castle and Murrayfield Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km). Edinburgh Haymarket Station is only a 2-minute walk and Edinburgh Waverley Station is 26 minutes.

              Bright And Spacious Corstorphine Home
              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.

                Edinburgh Marriott Hotel ¥5,247
                Edinburgh Marriott Hotel

                Edinburgh Marriott Hotel

                111 Glasgow Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), and Greyfriars Kirk. St. Giles' Cathedral and Princes Street Gardens are also within 6 mi (10 km). Edinburgh Gateway Station is 8 minutes by foot and South Gyle Station is 17 minutes.