Opening hours

We plan to be open every day of the year, with the exception of Christmas Day (25 December). 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.

January – February: 10am to 4pm

March: 10am to 5pm

April – September: 10am to 6pm

October: 10am to 5pm

November – December: 10am to 4pm

Christmas Day: Closed

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A gentoo penguin swimming Image: Rhiordan Langan-Fortune 2024

Members gate

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) member benefits include fast track entry through our members gate, located at the top left of the main car park. You must provide a valid membership card to gain access through this gate.

Our members gate is normally open from 10am between 1 April – 30 September, and during Edinburgh school holidays and weekends, with the gate closing one hour before the zoo closing time.

We have signs on the entry to the car park to let everyone know of any changes. Please check by the car park barriers before going up the hill. When the gate is closed, please enter through our main admissions building – RZSS members and their guests do not need to book in advance. 

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What to expect when you visit

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 assistance dogs. See our policy for more details
  • 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