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Edinburgh Zoo Entrance Ticket

1. Edinburgh Zoo Entrance Ticket

Get closer than ever before to Sumatran tigers and the Penguin Parade featuring the knighted penguin, Sir Nils Olav, at Edinburgh Zoo. See exciting reptiles, amphibians, insects, and even prehistoric dinosaurs. Immerse yourself in the new walk-through exhibition included in your Edinburgh Zoo ticket and see prehistoric beasts come to life around you. Starting in April, meet awe-inspiring dinosaurs against the backdrop of Scotland’s capital. Discover the exhibition moving and roaring animatronic dinosaurs. Step into the past with a self-led family trail and discover more about what links the animals at the zoo with prehistoric creatures. The trail can be followed all the way to the top of the hill. Experience a busy program of educational events and activities - learn from keeper talks or enjoy a unique hands-on animal encounter. With plenty of children’s play areas, restaurants, and picnic spots, Edinburgh Zoo is an ideal family day out.  The Zoo has three cafés and several kiosks offering a wide range of hot and cold food, snacks, and drinks - whatever you fancy, there’s something to suit all tastes, offering excellent value and service as part of a great day out for the family.

Queensferry: 1.5-Hour Maid of the Forth Sightseeing Cruise

2. Queensferry: 1.5-Hour Maid of the Forth Sightseeing Cruise

Your tour will begin as you visit the booking office and gift shop to collect your boarding pass. From there, you will make your way onto Hawes Pier to board the boat and embark on your sightseeing cruise. Once the boat has departed Hawes Pier, there will be a brief safety message played to all passengers before the audio commentary begins. The journey then starts with the boat heading under the Red Forth Rail Bridge before continuing past the historic Inchgarvie Island towards Inchcolm Island. You can listen as the skipper points out seals, puffins, and other wildlife that can be found throughout the cruise. Once around Inchcolm Island, you can watch carefully for sunbathing seals on the Haystack before the cruise continues back under the Red Rail Bridge towards the Forth Road Bridge and the recently opened Queensferry Crossing. Once under these majestic bridges, the boat will cruise back to Hawes Pier where you will be free to disembark.

Edinburgh: Arthur's Seat Guided Walking Tour

3. Edinburgh: Arthur's Seat Guided Walking Tour

Discover Arthur's Seat, the extinct volcano in the heart of Edinburgh, and take in the breathtaking city views from the summit. Explore Holyrood Park with your guide and learn about the history of the landscape and the wildlife who call it home. Meet your guide at Holyrood Park and take a circular walk through the park. As you walk, find out how the landscape formed, the human history of the area, and the wildlife that lives there today from your guide. Then, begin your climb to the summit of Arthur's Seat. Along the way, you'll follow steep and rocky paths. Once you reach the top, marvel at the dramatic views of Edinburgh from above. Finally, make your way back to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Edinburgh

It was a wonderful option to have early on New Years Day with a 5-year-old. There weren't any crowds and the personnel was helpful and friendly.

fantastic excursion and location, but be warned its a hilly steep journey once inside the zoo.

It's a brilliant day out, a lot of hill walking involved so wear sensible footwear.

Fantastic!! Lovely keepers , lovely caring zoo and wonderful ethos

Simply the best, the staff were very helpful and friendly.