You may have seen the Mini Travellers’ A-Z of Chester Zoo. Well, this A-Z is for Edinburgh Zoo. Just a few miles from the centre of Edinburgh this is a much smaller zoo, confined by the geography of the hill it sits on. Whilst it does not have many of the ‘big’ animals, there are 2 lions, a tiger and a rhino.
The big draw are the pandas of course, although the koalas come a close second for our family. On a quieter day, you can experience the whole zoo in 4 hours (including lunch), which for some is more attractive than the larger zoos like Colchester, where even utilising every minute of the opening hours will not be enough to allow you to experience everything. This A-Z guides aims to help you decide if Edinburgh Zoo is for you and aims to give some tips to help you enjoy your day!
A is for ‘app’ – Download the zoo’s app before you get there as mobile phone reception appears to be an issue for some. The children will enjoy the interactive scanning at various animal enclosures.
B is for ‘bus’ – The zoo is easily reached by several buses leaving from the city centre. There is a set fare of £1.70 for an adult and 80p for children. You can only buy single tickets and need the correct change (unless you get the airport bus). So, it’s effectively a £5 each way for a family of 4, the journey is approximately 20 minutes. It’s a nice simple option.
C is for ‘calendar’ – www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/events-calendar Check out the events calendar if you are planning to visit and are not tied to particular dates. They are very much involved in conservation and the study of animals so often have unusual and interesting events that the general public can attend.
D is for ‘daily talks’ – Check the time table out when you arrive to make sure you don’t miss out. The penguin parade gets particularly busy!
E is for ‘eating’ – There are 3 main eateries offering snacks to sit down hot meal, as well as various kiosks open at peak periods. The zoo also has many picnic benches dotted around (but no undercover picnic area) as well as various grassed areas.
F is for ‘footwear’ – Make sure all members of your group are wearing sturdy footwear. There are lots of steep hills, which can be particularly slippery in the wet.
G is for ‘giant panda’ – The main attraction!! The only giant pandas in the UK!! At busy times you will need to pre-book your viewing time (you can do this online beforehand or upon your arrival). There are 2 pandas, in separate enclosures. To avoid disappointment, you should be aware that there is no guarantee that the enclosures will be open, or that the pandas will come out of their living accommodation into their enclosure. If they do, there is no way to ensure that they’ll do anything at all or indeed, that they won’t hide in the undergrowth so that they cannot be seen from the viewing gallery! If you are lucky enough to get a good view though, it is something quite special.
H is for ‘hills’ – The zoo is on a hill. The topography is very steep, uneven and full of steps. A pushchair will require a strong pair of arms to push! Walking to the highest point first thing and then working your way down the hill throughout the day should assist in preventing complaints about tired legs from the younger members of your group. Very few people reach the zebras without being out of breath.
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