Yes, I am a big kid and I love going to see the animals so last weekend we decided to hop over the border and visit Edinburgh Zoo.
I have been to Edinburgh Zoo a couple of times before but hadn’t visited for a few years so couldn’t wait to get back and see what was new. We travelled up by car from Carlisle which took us about two hours each way and parked for £4.
The tickets themselves were £16 each which includes a donation or slightly lower if you opt not to donate. We decided to pay £16 each which I think is very reasonable for attractions with the kind of overheads a zoo has!
The panda’s weren’t available to see which we were told on entry and had assumed after the rumours that Tian Tian is pregnant (the perfect excuse to visit again soon!).
My favourite part of the day was the penguin parade. At 2.15 each day the door to the penguin enclosure door is opened and the penguins who fancy coming out for a walk around head outside where visitors line the path and form a barrier. I loved the fact that the penguins weren’t bribed and were only coming out if they wanted to. A couple even came out then decided the keepers were taking too long to get started and headed back inside.
The zoo is on a hill (it is Edinburgh!) so it’s a bit of a work out getting around but there is transport available if you don’t fancy walking. There are plenty of animals to see and a lot to learn. Our favourite animals were the penguins (who we saw playing with bubbles just before closing time), the lion, monkeys and a porcupine who really wasn’t very good at getting down from a tree!