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★☆☆☆☆

“Waste of jurney”

Written on: 26/06/2016 by Janet239 (1 review written)

Travelled from middlesbrough to see the zoo looked on the web to see what they had showed wolves and other animals that were not in the park only one resturant open which was expensive and whole zoo was up a very steep hill which was not warned only one shop at bottom for drinks nothing at top was open and after a steep walk we were dissapointed we had no where to refresh pens over grown and dirty and was told in shop when kids r off all things are open even a bus up the hill this is not… Read Full Review

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“not worth the money”

Written on: 16/08/2014 by SheldonMassey (1 review written)

3 adults and a 2 year old....just under £50.00 food over priced....3 sandwiches 3 coffees and a kids packed lunch...£31.46....gift shop over priced.....animals look depressed.....and kept in mostly small rooms not much day light....aminals passing back n forth....the zoo its self is on a hill....so ramps expected...but to find out I had to pull a buggy up n down steps....it was a good job I had family to help. Food places closed...even in the hight o summer...its over grown with nettles on… Read Full Review

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“Have the animals escaped?”

Written on: 13/08/2014 by Sajh (1 review written)

Last brought my then 3yr old grandson in 2005. Abiding memories then, steep hills,poor old polar bear,amazing giant tortoises. This time, with 2 grandchildren , empty cages, cramped big cat areas, very little seating at hilltop. No safari train to take older people up what is a very steep climb. Where are the elephants, giraffes, giant tortoises. At one point I thought we had arrived at the Noah's Ark as all the animals of any size seemed to be two by two. If Edinburgh zoo is to survive find… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Better things to do in Edinburgh”

Written on: 14/11/2013

We have free passes to go to Edinburgh Zoo so thought we'd stop to see the pregnant Panda whilst in town. Overall it's OK-ish if you like caged animals, but it's on a very big hill which isn't great for push chairs (I guess walking for kids wouldn't be either). We saw a Panda's bottom for about 5 minutes and then we were shuffled on so the next group of slack jawed tourist could stare at one of the most lifeless animals in the world. Then we went to the cafe (or one of the cafes - the one… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“let down”

Written on: 23/10/2013

animals were lathargic and not very active and it was all up hill the animal were not very exotic! overall it was so-so… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“A-mazing !”

Written on: 05/07/2013 by kevachoos (1 review written)

What a great day out, from the safari ride to the hilltop with the superb views to the gift shop at the end of our visit. We spent the whole day here and enjoyed every minute. The ride to the hilltop was great with just enough info to keep the kids amused. The penguin parade was my favourite part but the kids loved the giant panda tour best. The gift shop has a huge selection of panda toys and gifts. Would recommend for a good value for money summer holiday day out for the family. … Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“horrifying”

Written on: 03/07/2013 by cheesypasta101 (1 review written)

My visit to the zoo was absolutely horrible. What was meant to be a fun trip out with a friend turned out to be disastrous. Firstly the staff were rude as soon as we arrived at the front desk to pay the ticket price, the women grunted that we had to pay the 'family price' even though there was only two of us, which would of cost at lot more overall and she made me show id to prove i was over the age of 16 and that i shouldn't be accompanied by and adult, even though i turned 19 last year. When… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“nice zoo ”

Written on: 13/06/2013 by rose71 (1 review written)

Good zoo, we are members of chester zoo, so have free access to this place. Pros: lovely chimp family, penguin parade Not so nice the catering, but altogether this zoo can be recommended… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Fantastic day out!”

Written on: 22/04/2013

Edinburgh Zoo is a great family day out. There is loads to see and do! The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. We took the hilltop safari up to the top and worked our way down as it was the best way to see everything as the hill can get a little steep near the top. All the animals were very active, especially the big cats as they were in season we were told. We got some amazing photos of all the animals. The chimps were very loud and active and so were the monkeys. The penguin parade is a… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“One of the times i visited was when poor Mercedes the...”

Written on: 25/03/2011 by GlendaR (1 review written)

One of the times i visited was when poor Mercedes the polar bear was still here and that poor old soul was one of the most miserable looking bored creatures I have ever seen.
They are particuarly bad for breeding animals to work as a vistor draw and then culling them. google red river pigs edinburgh to find out more on that one.
Only this year it is working on getting the giant pandas in to be a real money spinner yet at the same time it has been threatened with the removal of its operating… Read Full Review

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Gingerginger's Response to GlendaR's Review

Written on: 22/04/2013

pretty sure you just made all that up hahaha! its a conservation zoo and breeding the CRITICALLY ENDANGERED animals is extremely important in order to save the species. Edinburgh Zoo looks after the animals extremely well and is always clean and tidy. The animals are extremely happy and if they were not they would show signs of distress. That is why mercedes went to the highland wildlife park, she needed more space.

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★☆☆☆☆

“The best way to describe the Zoo is one big RIP OFF ....”

Written on: 29/06/2010

The best way to describe the Zoo is one big RIP OFF . 1st shock we had to £3.50 to park the car in the zoos grounds. The 2nd was the entrance fee £51 for 3 adults and one child and what did we get for that a lot and I mean a lot of empty cages and most of the time I had to hold my grandchild up so high because of the weeds in front, The Hilltop Safari, your joking where was it, one of the main attraction for the kids was the penguins but area was dirty and the smell was so bad it made me reach… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“We have just spent 3-days in Edinburgh. We visited the...”

Written on: 04/06/2010

We have just spent 3-days in Edinburgh. We visited the Castle, the Royal Yacht, Camera Obscura and the Zoo.

Edinburgh was easily the least enjoyable place we went to and offered extremely poor value for money. Admission was £37 for 2 adults and one child. The site slopes uphill quite steeply in places and isn't much fun to wander around, as you only want to haul yourself up the hill once. Once you get to the top the "Hilltop Safari" is non-existant, just empty fields. To top things off all the… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“I also wanted to give Edinburgh Zoo a zero but minimum...”

Written on: 19/05/2010

I also wanted to give Edinburgh Zoo a zero but minimum marks is one.

Just today went to visit Edinburgh Zoo for the first time. Edinburgh Zoo is a real amateur setup with terrible staff and SO EXPENSIVE to visit. DO NOT bring your children as they will cry all day to go home as mine did.

The Hilltop Safari is a complete joke with a joke managing the Zoo.


AVOID AT ALL COSTS...
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“Wanted to give this zero, but star won't go away. ...”

Written on: 16/08/2009 by CarolWeaver (2 reviews written)

Wanted to give this zero, but star won't go away. Carlisle to Edinburgh 2 hours arrived outskirts 11:30. Almost non-existent, insignificant signposting for zoo, sign we eventually saw on 3rd pass said in small print 'for zoo follow city attractions', so 30 mins to find right road, after asking way 3 times, 30 mins getting through traffic, prompting question who in their right mind would site or expand a zoo on an urban road with traffic jams and insufficient on-site parking? Edinburgh Zoo… Read Full Review

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Gingerginger's Response to CarolWeaver's Review

Written on: 22/04/2013

this review made me giggle. its not really the zoo's fault that you couldn't find it or that it was so popular the day that you arrived and was busy...

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★★★★★

“Edinburgh Zoo is situated in West Edinburgh, on...”

Written on: 23/03/2004 by Groovee (27 reviews written)

Edinburgh Zoo is situated in West Edinburgh, on Corstorphine Road. It is easily accessible as you pass it on the way from the Airport on your way to the town centre and if you are in the town centre you can get a bus directly there! The buses which would take you there from Princes Street in the centre of the city are 12, 26, 31 which are lothian buses and an 86 is a first bus.

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Edinburgh Zoo opened in 1913, in leafy hillside parkland just ten minutes from the centre of Edinburgh… Read Full Review

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Mac99's Response to Groovee's Review

Written on: 23/08/2007

This is a a helpful review I think.

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