Perfect Location for Hotels Near Edinburgh Zoo
The Dunstane Hotel is the first stop on your hunt for hotels near Edinburgh Zoo! Look no further – the number 26 Lothian bus will take you directly from the hotel and drop you right on the doorstep of Edinburgh Zoo in just 5 minutes! You couldn’t have a better combination of location and luxury!
A Bit of Background….
Edinburgh Zoo is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and opened in 1913 and is set in 82 acres of sloping parkland. Edinburgh Zoo is one of Europe’s leading centres of conservation, education and research. It is one of Scotland’s biggest attractions, second only to Edinburgh Castle in terms of paying visitors, with over 600,000 a year. Follow their blog for the latest news.
The experience Zoo keepers are constantly changing and improving their exhibitions and services and taking part in the local Edinburgh events. For example for the next few weeks you can visit the Kelpie Maquettes which are making Edinburgh Zoo their home for the Easter Half Term Holidays as part of the International Science Festival.
What you can expect to see…
In one day, you can see over 1,000 animals. Edinburgh Zoo is the only zoo in Britain to house koalas, as well as being the first zoo in the world to house and to breed penguins. Edinburgh Zoo is perhaps most famous for its penguins, including Sir Nils Olav II, the mascot and Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian King’s Guard. Nils Olav II was knighted in 2008, a process which involved the approval of King Harald V of Norway. Asiatic Lions, Giant Anteaters, Red-bellied Lemurs and the Greater One Horned Rhinoceros are just some of the fantastic animals you can come into close contact with at Edinburgh Zoo.
The Zoo is open every day of the year including Christmas Day is a perfect day out for all the family if you are staying at The Dunstane Hotel. Admission prices include a donation to the Budongo Chimpanzee Project (in Uganda) and are £17 for adults, £12.50 for children, concessions £14.50 when booking online, although various family tickets are available. Parking costs £3.50 unless you are a member. Note it is more expensive to buy your ticket on the day so book in advance for the best deal!
Edinburgh Zoo’s postcode is EH12 6TS and their website is edinburghzoo.org.uk.