Edinburgh Zoo is a great place to visit with your kids (or without). However be warned it is built on a hill and can be steep in places so pushing a pram or carrying a toddler/baby can require a great amount of strength and stamina! Also make sure everyone is wearing proper footwear and jackets (weather dependant). Getting to the zoo is pretty easy, there are bus stops right outside the zoo and the train station (Haymarket) isn’t too far away (maybe 30 minute walk) or just catch the bus from the train station, which may be easier if you have younger children. You can also get to the zoo from Waverley train station by bus too.
All About Edinburgh Zoo
Edinburgh Zoo is open all year round so it is a great day out if you are looking for something to do. Although if it is very bad weather check to make sure the zoo is open as sometimes it has to close for health and safety. Opening times vary depending on the time of year so check out the website. If you are wanting to visit the Giant Pandas then you have to have a ticket (although you can get them on the day). There is no extra cost to visit the pandas. Ticket prices currently stand at £17 for adults and £12.50 for children over 3. 3 and under are free.
There is a car park but spaces are limited. Parking is currently £4 or £2 for members. On busy days the car park does get full and you will have to find parking elsewhere.
Inside Edinburgh Zoo
There are a lot of animals to see at Edinburgh Zoo, and various talks at set times during the day which means you can constantly on the move. There is also the penguin parade that is normally at 2.15pm each day, however the Zoo leave it up to the penguins to decide if the parade will go ahead so you may wait to see the parade but then it will get cancelled. It is good that they don’t force the penguins to do the walk especially if they don’t want too.
We would say the zoo is pram friendly however it can get rather hilly especially on the top section towards the Zebras..and remember if you get up to the top, you have to get back down and if it has been raining then the paths can get slippery. There are also a couple of play areas around the park. We have been for a whole day before and not seen the whole Zoo so it is best to take your time and miss animals out so you don’t tire the kids out too much.
Food & Drinks
There is a great selection of places to eat. 2 restaurants, and a third currently being built. There are then snack bars around the park. The restaurants sell your usual, sandwiches, paninis, burgers, pizza, and there are children’s boxes available too. There are also picnic facilities available if you are looking to take your own food. The food is slightly expensive (we had £5.95 for a kids meal, and 10 inch pizza at £6.45 which gives you an idea of prices) but then that is the same with pretty much all tourist attractions. The food is decent quality which is always a plus.
Edinburgh Zoo is really good day out for all the family. It’s biggest down point is that its built on a hill. It can be rather tiring pushing the pram around. If you don’t want to visit because of the hill try the Five Sisters Zoo instead. However Edinburgh Zoo is great and the daily talks are very informative.
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