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RZSS Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The Society was founded in March 1909 and the Zoo opened in July 1913. Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, the Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. Every day at Edinburgh Zoo there is an excellent programme of talks, where you get a chance to hear from keepers about the work they do with the animals. You can also get up close to meet the animals and get hands on in the daily ‘meet the reptiles’ sessions, see the birds in flight at the daily Animal Antics show and the world famous penguin parade is a very special sight to behold, every day at 2.15pm.

The Zoo offers a wide-range of eating experiences, several play areas and a gift shop.

Access information:
Edinburgh Zoo is situated on Corstorphine Hill which has some steep areas. A recommended access route highlights the easiest areas for viewing - please ask at reception for details. A manual wheelchair is available for loan (fully refundable deposit required) on a first come first serve basis. All paying visitors who require special assistance are offered free admission for their carer. However, please bring relevant proof of entitlement such as a blue badge or plus one travel card as this may be asked for on arrival.

Getting there:
You can travel to Edinburgh Zoo on the following Lothian Bus services: 12, 26, 31.

Many of our venues in and around the city centre are easily accessible on foot and by public transport so please consider the environment when planning your travel to and from our events. Public transport information is available from Traveline Scotland - and 0871 200 22 33 - 24 hours a day.