Edinburgh Zoo first opened its doors to the public in 1913. Its mission was - and still is - to connect the public with animals and safeguard vulnerable species from extinction. Today, it manages both of these aims admirably and 800,000 people visit the zoo every year to see the animals, learn more about rare and endangered specials, and have a fun day out.
There is so much to see and do at Edinburgh Zoo that it’s no wonder the zoo has earned an impressive four stars from Visit Scotland. You can visit the zoo 365 days of the year, although you may find some attractions close over winter to allow for essential maintenance work (check the zoo’s website for further details of closures). Don’t forget to check out our Edinburgh Zoo vouchers so you can save money on your tickets.
Edinburgh Zoo has a world-class educational programme in place, so it would be remiss of us not to suggest that you make time to listen to some of the education talks scheduled on a daily basis. Talks take place every fifteen minutes or so, at various exhibits within the zoo. Since you won’t be able to listen to all of them, decide in advance which talks are of most interest to you and plan your visit accordingly.
- Visit the vouchercloud site to find out if there are any great deals and discounts
- Click on the deal you are interested in and copy the discount code that appears on your screen
- Visit the Edinburgh Zoo website and select the tickets you need for your visit
- Use your voucher code when you book and pay online for Edinburgh Zoo entrance tickets
- Plan your big day!
You can save money by joining the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). Joining the RZSS gives you unlimited free admission to Edinburgh Zoo, discounted admission for friends and family who join you on the day and a handy discount if you eat in the zoo (or the Highland Wildlife Park) or buy a gift from the gift shop. You can also enjoy free entry to other zoos and wildlife parks in the UK and Europe. It’s a no brainer really!
How do I book tickets to see the Giant Pandas?
To avoid disappointment, it’s always better to book tickets to see the Giant Pandas in advance. You can book tickets to see the pandas when you book your advance zoo admission tickets.
Are there group discounts available at Edinburgh Zoo?
Edinburgh Zoo offers discounted admission rates for groups of ten people or more, so if you are taking a group of children, for example, this could save you some money on admission tickets. To make a group booking, give the Edinburgh Zoo Reception a call.
How much are the Edinburgh Zoo admission prices?
If you book online, your tickets will be cheaper. Visit their website for a full list of ticket prices.
Phone: 0131 334 9171
April - September: 9am to 6pm
October - March: 9am to 5pm
November - February: 10am to 4:00pm
Christmas Day: 10:00am to 1:00pm.