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Edinburgh Zoo Introduction

From endangered giant pandas to eucalyptus-scaling koala bears, proud Asiatic lions to swinging Barbary macaques, myriad animals are waiting to be discovered at Edinburgh Zoo. Situated on the ridges of Corstorphine Hill on the west side of the city, it's now one of the capital's top attractions, drawing in over 600,000 people each year. Constructed in 1913, Edinburgh Zoo continues its aim to showcase wildlife in a natural, open environment – just watch how the king penguins mingle almost seamlessly with the Ugandan forests and the Aussie Outback.

Hotels near Edinburgh Zoo

There's no shortage of hotels near to Edinburgh Zoo that will get you to the lion packs and pandas early. Staying close to the attraction might mean swapping luxury for convenience though, so be ready for simple, stripped-down lodge hotels that have buffet breakfasts and family suites. The summer months are more expensive, making winter trips to show the kids those king penguins a great bargain choice. You could always rest your head closer to the centre of Edinburgh, where stone-clad historic hotels, stylish B&Bs and 5-star accommodation become cheaper in midwinter and autumn.

Where to stay near Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo hotels start with the peppering of simple, family-friendly accommodation that dots Corstorphine Hill, right outside the animal enclosures. Options range from hearty Scottish lodges to chain travel hotels, offering a mixture of personal service and convenient modern suites. Also close by is the neighbourhood of Murrayfield, best known for its sporting venues and pubs, but also hosting some highly-rated guesthouses with cosy B&B-style rooms. Old Town Edinburgh also isn't too far, so you could choose from the numerous hostels and chic 5-star boutique hotels along the historic Royal Mile.

Things to see near Edinburgh Zoo

Bagging great Edinburgh Zoo hotel deals doesn't just mean having a springboard to the snake houses and Sumatran tigers. It also means getting a great place to stay on the western edge of the Scottish capital. From there, you can launch an adventure to the salt-washed beaches of Cramond on the Firth of Forth. Those craving a little culture might prefer the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, where Picasso meets Matisse and more. Others might want to catch an international rugby showdown from the Murrayfield terraces – the Six Nations tournament starts there each year between February and March.

How to get to Edinburgh Zoo

Unless you've sought out a bargain in one of the hotels within walking access to Edinburgh Zoo from the streets of Corstorphine Hill, you'll likely need to hop on a local bus to start spying out the beasts. Don't worry, there are regular links from Waverley Station, Haymarket, Leith and the city centre. It's also possible to hitch a ride on the Airlink Service that goes straight to Edinburgh Airport from the centre of the capital. Be sure to leave around 30 minutes to get from the heart of the town to the ticket booths.

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