Edinburgh Zoo is the largest wildlife attraction in Scotland. It is situated on the outskirts of Scotland’s capital city and there is easy access from motorways and Edinburgh airport.
The zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and endangered species of animals and it is set amid acres of parkland. Partly built on Corstorphine Hill, the zoo has some steep areas. For those with limited mobility wheelchairs can be borrowed without charge. There is also a recommended route, highlighting the easiest paths to take and which offer the best viewing facilities.
Because the zoo covers such a large area visitors can take advantage of the Hilltop Safari vehicle. The safari bus takes visitors the highest point on the site from which they can walk down at their own pace or continue on the bus.
The driver/guide provides a commentary all the way, giving information about the animals and visitor facilities. Each trip takes about 30 minutes in total. Wheelchairs can be accommodated.
No dogs are allowed other than assistance dogs are permitted and only then when assisting disabled visitors. Some parts of the zoo might be inaccessible as dogs may cause stress to some of the animals.
A unique attraction at Edinburgh Zoo is the Sky Trail. This is a rope structure that allows visitors walk across ropes 4 metres off the ground, similar to the way chimps swing through the trees. There is an additional charge for this.
A special attraction at 2.15pm each day the gates of Edinburgh Zoo's penguin enclosure are opened for the penguin parade during which the penguins roam freely around the penguin lawn. A keeper gives a commentary during the parade.
There are three cafes in different areas offering light refreshments and the Mansion House restaurant serves more substantial meals.
To help visitors to get the most from a visit there are several educational events and activities. These include talks by specialist keepers and hands-on experiences of looking after animals. There are also play areas for children.
The zoo has a well stocked gift shop with souvenirs of the zoo and traditional Scottish gifts.
Being located so close to Edinburgh it is possible to combine a visit to Edinburgh Zoo with a visit to Scotland’s capital city. Edinburgh has many attractions including the castle and the shops on Prince’s Street.
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