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Latest visitor information

Edinburgh Zoo is open seven days a week to visitors from across the UK in line with current Scottish Government guidance. 

Your visit will be different to normal as we take measures to ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and animals. 

For the latest visitor information, please visit our FAQ page.

Opening hours

We plan to be open every day of the year, with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25 and 26 December), and last entry to the zoo is one hour before closing time. 

Please note that some areas, including Koala Territory, have restricted opening times - ask on arrival for details.


Seasonal opening times:
April - September

10.00am to 6.00pm

October & March 10.00am to 5.00pm
November - February 10.00am to 4.00pm
Christmas Day and Boxing Day  Closed





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 > Terms and conditions of entry to Edinburgh Zoo



RZSS members gate

RZSS member benefits normally include fast track entry through our members gate, located at the top left of the main car park and you must provide a valid membership card to gain access through this gate.  

The members gate is normally open from 10am between 1 April - 30 September, local school holidays, and weekends (excluding Christmas Day) with the gate closing one hour before the zoo closing time. 

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Please note:

  • For Health and Safety reasons children aged 15 or under must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 16 or over at all times.
  • Edinburgh Zoo is located on a hillside so we recommend that visitors wear comfortable footwear.
  • Some of our indoor enclosures / attractions may open later than the stated opening time and may close 30 minutes prior to the Zoo's stated closing time.
  • Dogs are not permitted into Edinburgh Zoo as they can cause stress to some of our animals. We only permit guide-dogs for the visually impaired.
  • For the safety of other visitors and our animals, we reserve the right to refuse admission to any visitors under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  



> Terms and conditions of entry to Edinburgh Zoo

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