Edinburgh Zoo

Attraction Information

Have an unforgettable day out at Edinburgh Zoo, home of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and over 2,500 incredible animals from around the world!
Set in over 82 acres of wooded hillside, the zoo is open seven days a week and is a gateway to the natural world, where you can experience nature, learn about the challenges facing wildlife and discover how the wildlife conservation charity harnesses the unique power of the RZSS family to save
animals from extinction.
Why not watch the famous penguin parade and visit the world’s only Knighted penguin, Sir Nils Olav.
Or spend your day learning about brilliant birds, mischievous meerkats, super strong sun bears and more with daily keeper talks!
Get closer than ever to monkeys, lemurs, wallabies and pelicans in our walkthrough habitats or watch a Sumatran tiger walk right over your head in Tiger Tracks, the amazing glass viewing tunnel. If you prefer smaller critters, you’ll enjoy Wee Beasties where you can find reptiles, amphibians and insects.
Please be aware that indoor and outdoor viewing for any of the animals may be closed at short notice for health checks and welfare reasons.
Thank you for helping to create a world where nature is protected, valued and loved.

Accessibility Information

This attraction has its own car park

This car park has dedicated disabled parking

This Disabled Parking is roughly 100 metres from the entrance.

The car park is concrete laid.

There is level access between the car park and the main entrance.

Due to the nature of our location, some routes involve steps or steep slopes which are unsuitable for wheelchairs.

This attraction offers an accessibility map see the pdf here – Accessibility Map.

The enclosures are viewable from a wheelchair height.

This attraction has a mobility vehicle service.
This service runs year-round for visitors with accessibility requirements.

The vehicle has space for one wheelchair and four other passengers.

From April to October, they have an additional vehicle running to carry one of their mobility scooters alongside other passengers.

For more information of accessibility please see the Accessibility PDF here – Access PDF

There are 5 disabled toilets within this attraction located in the following areas:

  • Park Reception,
  • Budongo Trail,
  • The Magic Forest,
    Member’s gate,
  • Grasslands Restaurant

These toilets feature the following:

  • Lowered wash basin with lever style tap
  • Handrails to the side of the wash basin and toilet
  • Transfer space to the side of the toilet
  • Disposal facilities
  • Emergency Pull Cord

This attraction offers Sensory Bag Hire.

Bags can be picked up at the admissions area of the zoo, simply speak to an admissions assistant. A £15 deposit is required, which is fully refundable on return of the bag to point of collection.

The sensory bags include the following:

  • Accessible maps to clearly navigate the zoo
  • Ear defenders to block out noise
  • Sunglasses to dim bright lights
  • Fidget toys to occupy hands
  • Binoculars as a fun way to view the animals.


Only assistance dogs that are accompanying their respective partner are permitted to enter the zoo.

If you wish to bring an assistance dog into the zoo, please inform a member of our admissions team when you arrive.

Be aware that access may be restricted to certain areas, the assistance dog map will help you navigate the zoo. Dogs in training are not permitted to enter the park.

In addition to the above admission, assistance dogs are subject to the following regulations of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria).

  • All assistance dogs must be up-to-date with all inoculations
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and under strict control
  • Dogs must not be allowed to defecate anywhere on the zoo grounds and any incidents should be cleared away by their owners
  • If the behavior of the animals or your dog is affected, please move away from the area to ensure both their safety and those of our other visitors

Unfortunately, they are unable to allow assistance dogs into any indoor or walkthrough exhibits, or certain outdoor areas.

This attraction offers free entry for carers accompanying a disabled visitor.

To be eligible for free entry you must provide evidence in one of the following forms:

  • Access Card with +1 Symbol
  • DLA Paperwork
  • PIP Paperwork
Opening Hours

April – September
10am to 6pm

October and March
10am to 5pm

November – February
10am to 4pm

Christmas Day


Adult £ 26.70
Child(under 16) £ 16.80
Under 3 £ 0.00
Concession £ 24.25
Carer £ 0.00

Edinburgh Zoo,
134 Corstorphine Road,
Edinburgh and Lothian,
EH12 6TS,
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