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“Pandas?? I see no Pandas!!” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo
Ranked #43 of 391 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Edinburgh Zoo is set in 82 acres of sloping parkland and is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. It is home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, including chimpanzees, sun bears, Indian Rhinos, the UK's only koalas and the first Giant Pandas in the UK for 17 years.You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities from keeper talks to hands-on animal encounters. There is also a wide-range of eating experiences, several play areas and a fantastic gift shop.Viewing for the Giant Pandas is free but ticketed.(Included with entry fee) To avoid disappointment we are advising all visitors to pre-book their tickets through our website to guarantee viewing. Panda viewing tickets must be booked at the same time as you buy your entry ticket.
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“Pandas?? I see no Pandas!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014 via mobile

As most people over the last year have done, we booked tickets for Edinburgh Zoo to see the Pandas, but alas no Pandas to be seen. No refund was offered by the Zoo, although I could re-schedule my visit to the Zoo if I wanted, which is not easy when we had to book train tickets and a hotel months in advance to facilitate the 300 mile journey. I fully appreciate that the Panda pregnancy is out of the Zoo's hands, and is ultimately good news, I have to however, review the Zoo on our whole experience.

The £50 it cost in tickets seemed a little steep, but Edinburgh Zoo is the only zoo in the UK with Pandas and seemed worth it for the one off experience. Without this USP I've got to say the whole place is mediocre at best. Built on a huge hillside, the upper areas of the zoo are definitely not an easy access for wheelchairs/pushchairs....and certainly raise the heart rate of anyone anywhere reasonably fit.

Plus points were the Chimpanzee enclosure and Koalas....both were really well thought out areas where you feel you can get up close to the animals in a semi-natural environment, but not feel too intrusive. . I have to say though, the rest of the exhibits are either too small, poorly populated, or empty. There is a large, easily accessible Penguin area, where, on our visit a few hundred people were disappointed by the "Penguin Parade" no-show.

There really are bigger and better places all over the UK to go if you want to see animals.

The gift shop as you leave the zoo is the final kick in the teeth.....full to the rafters with everything imaginable Panda shaped....Pandas? Oh yeah, those things behind the CLOSED 6ft gates.

Good luck to the staff of Edinburgh Zoo, I really hope Tian Tian's pregnancy does go full term. But when your only star exhibit is out of bounds, please consider your pricing and refund policy for those who have paid £100s to come a long way to visit your zoo.

Thank Simon S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

Amazing place but the layout is a bit tiring being mostly uphill Lol. The history of the zoo as well as it's staff are impressive if u can catch the marching of the penguins it's hilarious

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

We visited the zoo and pre-booked to see the pandas it was well worth the visit. The zoo keeper doing the panda tour and talk was really good and was full of energy he was funny and informative and kept you intrested. The rest of the zoo was also as good there is plenty to see and the groundsvare kept in pristine condition at all times. My only complaint is the prices in the gift shop afterwards, very pricey. Im sure they would make more sales and money if they addressed the prices. Overall a great day out.

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“Not worth it”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

We had a family day here as it was my daughters birthday thinking it was going to be amazing total wrong if you find it hard to walk it's not for you at all very steep hill climbs, the climbs wouldn't have bothered us if you could see animals but the animals they had you couldn't see they was not many a lot of empty enclosure and they seemed dirty unclean and the animals seemed very stressed, we where told they had things by people but they were not there anymore very disappointed.

Visited August 2014
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

I cant believe someone reviewed this zoo as being clean! Arrived first thing and toilets were disgusting! Old, dirty and smelly. After paying £50 to get in was not what I expected. Went to cafe - highly overpriced. Kids got boxed meal which had half a sanwich in!!! Animals were few and far between. Appeared to be a lot of empty cages. Small monkey enclosures were very depressing as far too small and bare. Most enclosures far too small. Compared to other zoo's this is very disappointing...will not be back. Felt sorry for the animals.

Visited August 2014
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