Located in the heart of this historic Scottish city, Edinburgh Zoo is easily reached by train. There are two train stations nearby, Edinburgh Waverley station and Edinburgh Haymarket station, although both are beyond walking distance. From both stations, it's best to take a bus (number 12, 26 or 31) from Edinburgh City Centre to Edinburgh Zoo.
A day at Edinburgh Zoo is a great day out for all the family. Learn all about the animal kingdom and get up close to hundreds of animals from around the world. There are plenty of fun activities, talks and events that everyone will enjoy.
Visit the Edinburgh Zoo official website for opening information.
About Edinburgh Zoo
Edinburgh Zoo is one of Scotland’s wildest visitor attractions! It is home to over 1,000 rare and beautiful animals from all around the world including the UK’s only koalas and giant pandas.
Edinburgh Zoo stepped away from the Victorian cage zoo as soon as it opened in 1909 and has gone from strength to strength, making its 80 acres of parkland into a treat both for visitors and residents alike. Possibly the most famous residents are the giant pandas, who, as the only pandas in the UK, have their own Panda Watch, live streaming webcam, for fans keen to see pandas not fall into extinction.
The Koala Territory, Living Links, and Brilliant Birds make up the zoos more popular attractions. And Penguins Rock, the first penguin sanctuary in the UK, opened in 1914 and now the largest outdoor penguin pool in Europe still draws the biggest crowds, especially during the Penguin Parade. One of the zoo's penguins is actually the mascot for the Norwegian King’s Guard. Nils Olav was knighted in a lavish ceremony in 2008 by the King of Norway becoming Sir Nils Olav.
Why not visit some of the animal walkthroughs bringing you closer than ever before to monkeys, lemurs, wallabies, and pelicans. Attend a range of talks from the expert keepers, watch the world-famous penguin parade, and visit the world’s only Knighted penguin, Sir Nils Olav. See animals including the Sumatran tiger in Tiger Tracks up close - featuring a glass viewing tunnel as you come face to face with this beautiful feline. If you prefer the smaller critters you’ll enjoy Edinburgh Zoo's wee beasties attraction, home to several exciting species including reptiles, amphibians, and insects.
Edinburgh Zoo makes for an ideal family day out with many restaurants, picnic spots, and playparks inspired by its very own Penguins Rock and Budongo Trail, ready for you to explore!