Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo
Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS
  • Telephone 0131 334 9171
  • Opening times Apr–Sep daily 9am–6pm; Oct & Mar 9am–5pm; Nov–Feb 9am–4pm.
  • Admission £15.50 (£13; under 16s £11; under 3s free).
  • Website www.edinburghzoo.org.uk
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Situated three miles west of the city centre, Edinburgh Zoo offers much more than the world-famous Penguin Parade and those headline-grabbing pandas, being home to over 1000 rare and endangered animals. The hillside location means that a visit can be strenuous, but it’s worth it; the Amur leopards have rock-star charisma and the views of the city are fantastic. There are three cafes, and a soft play area for kids.

Events at this venue

There are 21 events at this location

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360 Degree Zoo

A chance to see what meerkats, cockroaches and other animals get up to on a day to day basis.

Mon 10 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 11 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Beyond the Panda

Learn about Chinese culture, geography and wildlife through various interactive games.

Wed 12 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 13 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Creepy Crawlies

Creeping and crawling animals from the insect world are on display with plenty of handling sessions and crafts for youngsters.

Sat 14 Oct

Free free with Zoo entry / 0131 314 0340

Sun 15 Oct

Free free with Zoo entry / 0131 314 0340

Mon 16 Oct

Free free with Zoo entry / 0131 314 0340

…and 13 more dates until 29 Oct

Dr Stirlingshire's Discovery

Dr Vivien Stirlingshire is a cryptozoologist, travelling the world in search of undiscovered creatures. Here she presents her findings. Ages 5+.

Sat 1 Apr

£15 (£10) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 2 Apr

£15 (£10) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

£15 (£10) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 6 more dates until 9 Apr

Eco-Tales of the British Isles

Allison Galbraith and Alette Willis share tales from their book, Eco-Tales of the British Isles.

Fri 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Feeding Time

Tour the zoo, feeding animals from different countries along the way. Visitors can enjoy a small dish at each station, inspired by the countries the animals come from.

Fri 14 Apr

£40 / 0131 334 9171

Feeding time at the Zoo

Join us for a worldwide culinary adventure at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. We will tour the Zoo, visiting animals from different countries and feasting on a foodies treat inspired by each country. You’ll get bite sized chunks of information from our keepers and conservation team about the animals you see and the conservation work…

Fri 14 Apr

£40 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

GPS Navigation: From Animal Tracking to Geocaching

Help find the source of a series of mysterious footprints by using the GPS on your phone.

Sat 8 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 9 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

How Do You Weigh A Chimpanzee?

Meet the scientists who created special chimpanzee scales to assess the animals health.

Thu 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Introduction to Animal Tracking

A one-day course in animal tracking.

Sat 1 Apr

£40 / 0131 334 9171

Introduction to Ferns

A day course led by Heather McHaffie, giving an insight into the life-cycle of ferns.

Sat 27 May

£40 including zoo entry and parking / 0131 334 9171

MPYD Bionics Lab: Let's Play With Nature

A workshop to show children the importance of interacting with nature.

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 2 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Pollinator Identification for Beginners

Learn how to identify common pollinators, including bumblebees, honeybees, hoverflies and more.

Sat 13 May

Standard entry fees apply / 0131 334 9171

RZSS Google Expeditions

Explore various landscapes through a virtual reality viewer.

Mon 10 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 11 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Scotland's Wild Reptiles and Amphibians

Learn all about Scotland's wild amphibians and reptiles; how to find them, how to identify and record them, what they need and the threats they face.

Sat 22 Apr

Normal entry fees apply / 0131 334 9171

Seeing the Heat: Using thermography for animal health and welfare

Find out how zoo keepers use thermal imaging cameras to assess animal health.

Wed 5 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wee Science

Find out how children can learn language so quickly at this interactive workshop.

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 2 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

What makes us Human?

A family friendly event with games for wee ones and a chance for adults to discover similarities and differences in human and primate thinking.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Where Does Beeswax Come From?

Learn all about bees and make your own beeswax candle.

Wed 5 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 12 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Zoo Data and Technology

Find out how zoos keep track of their animals goings-on.

Thu 13 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Zoo Nights

Explore Edinburgh Zoo after hours and join in on the carnival themed fun which includes live entertainment, talks, Q&As, street food and drink, silent disco, face painting, quirky photo opportunities and much more.

Fri 26 May

£20 plus booking fee (Members £17 plus booking fee) / 0131 314 0340

Fri 2 Jun

£20 plus booking fee (Members £17 plus booking fee) / 0131 314 0340

Fri 9 Jun

£20 plus booking fee (Members £17 plus booking fee) / 0131 314 0340

Fri 23 Jun

£20 plus booking fee (Members £17 plus booking fee) / 0131 314 0340

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