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The Edinburgh Zoo Penguins

The first trio of King Penguins arrived at the Edinburgh Zoo courtesy of a Christian Salvesen Antarctic whaling expedition in January of 1914, and the most recent batch of Gentoo and Rockhopper penguins arrived at the Edinburgh Zoo, straight from their eggs, in the spring and early summer of 2007.

The Edinburgh Zoo, in the intervening nine decades, has grown from a small affair with the rock-hewn lion and bear enclosures of its 1913 opening, to becoming the thirty-two hectare home of more than a thousand individual animals, of which penguins are only the most comical. The penguins can be viewed at their most graceful while darting about in the water of their there-metre deep tank at speeds approaching 40 kph, although the Zoo’s daily Penguin Parade staged for the benefit of its patrons is often the avian counterpart to herding cats, with similar results. But zoo goers love it.

The Zoo is situated on the slopes of Edinburgh’s Corstophine Hill, and for the convenience of its patrons runs free thirty-minute Hilltop Safari tours between 10:00AM and 3:30 PM. The two Safari vehicles leave from the sea lion enclosure, with their drivers providing descriptions of the passing sights during the journey to the summit of the hill.

Widely known as a preserver, as well as collector, of the world’s endangered species, the Edinburgh Zoo has been the birthplace of Siberian tigers, Persian and snow leopards, Pallas cats, lions, giraffes, and several species of monkey, among others. But one animal which visitors will never see at the Zoo is an elephant, because elephants need companionship and the Zoo has no room to accommodate an elephant family.

The Edinburgh Zoo opens daily at 9:00. Closing varies according to the season. There are picnic and play areas, as well as two cafeterias, a full-service restaurant, and food kiosks throughout the park.

Just two kilometers from the Zoo, the Ellersly House Hotel Edinburgh offers guests the gracious seclusion of a country home set among gardens, yet is only a ten minute drive from the City Centre.

Hotels near Edinburgh Zoo

137 hotels near Edinburgh Zoo

1 Holiday Inn EDINBURGH

4 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

132 Corstorphine Road Map

The Holiday Inn Edinburgh is situated on the western outskirts of the city, around three miles distant from the town centre. The hotel has a number of famous attractions on the doorstep including... More

2 Edinburgh Capital Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 33 reviews

187 Clermiston Road Map

Featuring an idyllic hilltop location and value-for-money accommodations, Edinburgh Capital Hotel for travellers looking to escape the hustle of the Scotland capital. Apart from marvelling at the... More

3 Ellersly House Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 3 reviews

4 Ellersly Road, Murrayfield,Edinburgh Map

Situated close to the centre of Edinburgh, the Ellersly House Hotel is an ideal place for a relaxing stay. GeneralGuests travelling on official matters can make use of the conference facilities... More

4 The Dunstane

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

4 West Coates Map

With its rich history and proximity to the city centre, The Dunstane gives travellers accommodations that have the perfect combination and charm and convenience. Just minutes from Princes Street,... More


3 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

107 Queensferry Road Map

Featuring all the modern day conveniences, this elegant property is ideally situated for visitors to the city, whether on business or for pleasure. GeneralThe Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West North... More

6 Edinburgh Marriott Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 8 reviews

111 Glasgow Road Map

Edinburgh Marriott Hotel recently underwent a 2.5 million refurbishment which, along with its close proximity to Edinburgh International airport ensures its popularity with holidaymakers and... More

7 Apex Haymarket Hotel (formerly Apex European Hotel)

3 stars
4.5 / 5 19 reviews

90 Haymarket Terrace Map

The Apex European Hotel Edinburgh provides comfortable affordable accommodation in the West End of the city. Hotel guests are well placed for visiting city attractions such as famous Princes Street... More

8 Britannia Edinburgh Hotel

3 stars
1.9 / 5 9 reviews

69 Belford Road Map

With comfortable accommodations in a central location, Britannia Edinburgh Hotel makes for a suitable base for travellers on vacation or business trip in the Scottish capital. This value-for-money... More

9 Piries Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 15 reviews

8 Coates Gardens, EH12 5lb Edinburgh Map

Piries Hotel Edinburgh is situated in the West End of the city making it ideal as a base for exploring Scotland's capital. Close to superlative shopping facilities on famous Princes Street as well... More

10 Murrayfield Hotel Edinburgh

3 stars
3.9 / 5 10 reviews

18 Corstorphine Road Murrayfield Map

The Murrayfield Hotel Edinburgh is the ideal base for exploring the city's plentiful attractions, and is especially close to Edinburgh's main sporting venues. Murrayfield Ice Rink is a large... More