Information For Teachers2018-10-30T13:57:51+00:00

Information For Teachers

Five Sisters Zoo is an ideal location for a school visit offering educational packages suitable for all age groups from nursery and primary, to secondary school and beyond, across a wide range of subjects.

Whether you are looking for a full curriculum-linked visit to reinforce a particular topic or simply an end of term trip, our aim is to cater for every groups’ needs and ensure a fun and educational visit!

We offer a range of activities, most notably our exciting OPAL science sessions down on our nature trail. During the winter we also offer a range of indoor activities, including animal encounters, biodiversity talks and keeper Q&A sessions. No matter what the weather, there’s always things to see and do!

To compliment your trip we also offer interdisciplinary class work booklets on five different topics. These include activities to do before, during, and after your visit. These were developed by a local teacher through an Excellence in Education Business Links (EEBL) project funded through West Lothian Council.

With over 175 species of animals from around the world, there’s so much to learn about! From bats and bears to lemurs and lynx, we can cover a wide range of topics all related to the Curriculum for Excellence.

Check out our full education programme, including handling sessions and our exciting outdoor OPAL science sessions!


Planning a winter trip? We still have plenty to offer! Click below for full details.


Interested in one of our class work booklets? See which topics we offer and download  teacher’s notes below!


Ready to book? Click below for our discounted school rates and information on how to book!


What are other schools saying about their visits to Five Sisters Zoo?

…the feedback we had from the kids was really positive. The star of the show was the animal handling, they couldn’t stop talking about it! We spent most of the time in clas today looking at pictures and discussing the trip

Holy Rood RC High School

Great venue to help engage the kids within some of the more unusual aspects of the natural world which are not native to our country…. Or possibly continent!!

We had a great night, the animal keeper was very friendly and informative, and it was great being able to hold the smaller animals. Not so sure about the cockroach though!

Martin, Nathan and Denise, 14th West Lothian Scout Group

The outing was very well organised. The children attended a handling session and an educational talk. There was plenty of space to have lunch and the children loved the play area, especially the pirate ship

Opening Times

Open 7 days a week (inc bank holidays, exc Christmas and New Years Day)

The zoo opens at 10am every day. Closing time depends on season:

1st Feb – 24th Mar 2018 5pm
25th Mar – 30th Sep 2018 6pm
1st – 31st October 2018 5pm
1st Nov 2018 – 31st Jan 2019 4pm

Last admission is 1 hour before closing time.

Admission Prices

Five Sisters Zoo

Child (3-15 yrs): £10.45
Adult (16 yrs+): £12.95
Under 3s: free of charge
Concession*: £11.45
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children): £38.00 + £8.45 for each additional child.

*Applies to pensioners, disabled customers and accompanying carers with official photo ID.

Handling Sessions : £3 p/p
Lemur Feeds : £6 p/p

Leaping Lemurs Soft Play 

Child (3+yrs): £5.50
Child (1-2yrs): £3.50
Under 1yr: £1.00

£2.50 discount for same-day ticket/pass holders. No discount for under 3’s with free zoo entry.

Contact Us

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

T: 01506 870 000 / 01506 871 111


Leaping Lemurs Soft Play 

T: 01506 872 200