On the third day in Scotland, we went to Edinburgh Zoo. The zoo is formerly the Scottish National Zoological Park. The 82-acre non-profit zoo is located in the Corstorphine area of Edinburgh, Scotland. It lies on the south-facing slopes of Corstorphine Hill. You can get extensive view of the city from here.
The zoo is the largest zoo in Scotland with over 1000 animals from around the world in there. Many are rare and endangered. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the pandas in action. They were sleeping in the enclosure. The pandas are going back to China in December 2023. I didn’t get to take any photo of them as the glare of the glass made it impossible.
The following are photos from my camera that were not in my Instagram post. Enjoy!
Do make sure you wear comfortable shoes when you are here. It’s an up-hill and down-hill walk. You might need to go on a bit, just of a bit of rugged road. Aside from that, do have your windbreaker with you as it can get really windy up there. Also, having a cap on would be a good idea on a sunny day.
The entrance fee isn’t cheap after conversion. Well… Just don’t convert the currency hahaha! You know how weak our currency is.
We bought our tickets online as it is cheaper. Here’s the entrance fee when you book online on their website (correct at the time of publishing):
Adult (£22.50), children 3 to 15 years old (£14.25), concession (£20.45), children below 3 years old (free). Prices quoted are without donation.
If you are buying it at the door, it will be more expensive. Do check the zoo’s official website for the ticket prices and other details.
If you are driving, the parking will be charged £3.00 per vehicle.
I personally feel that it’s a nice place to visit for the young and old. Plenty to see and learn here. This is a great place to be added in your itinerary if you are in Edinburgh.
If you would like to visit Edinburgh Zoo, do allocated at least 6 hours here. There are so many to see and experience. It is no doubt a place for the whole family to spend time together. The zoo opens 7 days a week except on Christmas Day.
Food & Drinks
There are eateries in the zoo. Hence, there is no need to worry about not having food. You can also do a picnic there. We did bring some snack with us. We also bought some food from the kiosks. The kiosk, Ròst, that was located at the Dinosaurs! area at the hilltop has nice loaded fries. You can see the photo on my Instagram’s post above. However, the kiosks around the zoo are open subject to weather conditions and visitor numbers.
I have a video uploaded on my Youtube featuring the giraffe and common moorhen in actions in the zoo.
Thanks for reading this post. We headed back to England the next day.