For Teachers 2017-05-30T20:49:24+00:00

Five Sisters Zoo for Teachers

Five Sisters Zoo is an ideal location for a school visit offering educational packages suitable for all age groups from nursery, 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.

With over 180 species of animals from around the world, there’s so much to learn about! From bats to bears and lemurs to lynx, we can cover a wide range of topics related to the Curriculum for Excellence.

Would you like class work booklets and Teacher’s Notes to support your visit?

There are currently five interdisciplinary work booklets available with Teacher’s Notes, including Habitats and Adaptations, Classifications and Characteristics, and Rainforest.

For details of all class booklets and teacher’s notes, please click here.

What sessions are available to your class?

We are proud to offer a range of sessions to complement your classroom learning, including our outdoor learning programme, new for 2016/2017! We have a winter programme with exclusive indoor sessions in the warm and dry, and in the Spring/Summer season, we head out to our nature trail and wildlife pond exploring and measuring local biodiversity.

To download our education programme for 2016/2017 and learn more about the sessions, please click here.

How do you book your class trip?

It is very easy to book your trip. Simply email or call the office on 01506 870000 with a few details including numbers, date and time of visit, and any class topic you are doing. We will work with you to arrange your visit and provide you with a full day plan complete with any session(s) and lunch reservation(s).

Contact us today: 01506 870000.

What are others 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. 25th Dec. and 1st Jan.)

24th March – 30th September 2018 : 10am – 6pm 

1st – 31st October 2018 : 10am – 5pm 

1st November  2018 – 31st January 2019 : 10am – 4pm

1st February – 31st March 2019 : 10am – 5pm

Last entry 1 hour before closing time.


Admission Prices

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.

*Concession: applies to pensioners, disabled customers and accompanying carers with official photo ID badge.

Handling Sessions : £3 p/p

Lemur Feeds : £6 p/p

Leaping Lemurs Soft Play

2 hour session

Child 3+ £5.50   Child 1 – 2 yrs £3.50   Under 1 yrs £1.00

£2.50 discount for corporate & season passes (only for the number of children stated on the passes) and children with a valid, paid Zoo ticket (must be used on same day).  Any children who qualify for free entry to the Zoo, will be charged full price for soft play appropriate to their age.

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