[Family Days Out] Five Sisters Zoo

Full disclosure this is NOT an ad, sponsored or paid post, I purchased this trip myself and I want to share my honest review.

We have been to this Zoo several times now and I have to admit I feel it is much better than the Bigger Zoo’s – this is family run zoo that started off as a garden centre! The owners were known to rescue animals and from there it grew into the zoo it has become today.

The Five Sisters Zoo has rescued 5 bears (2 as recent as last year from a roadside hotel in Albanian) and 4 ex-circus lions and their most recent animal the Snow Leopards.

We hit the Meerkats and the reptile house first – the kids seem to take the giggles at the two tortoises “cuddling” each other, no idea why they found that funny *insert sarcasm here*

The zoo is quite large and there are lots of different animals to see – you aren’t going to see things like hippos, rhinos and giraffes but you do get to see Lions and Bears

caught this guy mid-yawn

In addition to the animals there is also a play area, with some some fairground rides, and there is also the Leaping Lemurs Soft play if your kids want to burn off more energy after walking round the zoo.

my three little bears

There are plenty of food stalls inside the zoo, some are open seasonally (during the summer) but there is also the Brown Bear Cafe outside the main entrance, which you are able to go out to and just show your tickets to get back into the zoo. The cafe is reasonably priced, but it is now only open on busy days and weekends during peak season. If it is closed the Leaping Lemurs Restaurant is open daily from 10 and located withing the soft play area. Failing that there are plenty of benches around the zoo to have a picnic during the nicer weather.

Overall the zoo is a good day out and value for money. You can spend hours there and there many talks and feeds taking part through out the day, so there is bound to be something for everyone to see and do. It is certainly a place we visit a few times a year and never tire of visiting.

I know there are people who do not agree with zoos, but this place gives them a better life than they have had – yes it is still captivity but if not here – then would you rather they were killed? As lets face it that is what would have happened if they were not rescued!!

Current Prices:

Adult: £12.95
Child: £10.45 (under 3’s are free)
Family: £38 (2 Adult + 2 Children) Additional children £8.45

Opening Times:

The Zoo opens at 10am and is open 7 days a week (closed Xmas & New Years Day)
February to March 5pm
April to September 6pm
October 5pm
November to January 4pm


Five Sisters Zoo
Gavieside, West Calder
West Lothian, EH55 8PT

W: https://fivesisterszoo.co.uk
T01506 870 000 / 01506 871 111
E: enquiries@fivesisterszoo.co.uk

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Fee is a 35 year old mother of three, who has been on the blogging scene since 1996. Over the years she has tried to change her style but finds the personal diary effect to be her niche - there are not many of those around in the blogging world nowadays.

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