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Last update: March 2024

The striking centrepiece of the fantastic Edinburgh Zoo, the Mansion House provides couples with a unique, elegant, and inspiring wedding venue located in Edinburgh, Lothian & Borders. With beautiful surroundings, delectable food, and outstanding service, you can find everything you need for a memorable celebration. Steeped in over 200 years of history and tradition, this impressive building offers charming backdrops for your big day.

Facilities and Capacity

The Mansion House at Edinburgh Zoo is licensed to host religious, humanist, and civil ceremonies in a variety of locations. The stunning Macmillan room is the ideal space for your romantic ceremony. The room overlooks glorious manicured gardens, the historic city of Edinburgh, and the Pentland Hills. This space is elegantly decorated with a colour palette of Wedgwood blues and features a grand period fireplace. Following your ceremony, you and up to 90 guests can head to the spectacular oak-panelled Geddes & Gillespie Suite for a delicious wedding breakfast. For your evening reception, up to 120 loved ones can join you for a jubilant affair. The suite offers direct access to the beautiful gardens, boasting magnificent scenery and panoramic views. The lively atmosphere of this unique venue will excite your senses and create a truly unforgettable wedding day. Couples and guests alike will delight in exploring the Zoo during your drinks reception.

Services Offered

The dedicated staff at Mansion House, Edinburgh Zoo understands that planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Their experienced wedding team will be available to help throughout your preparations to relieve some of the stress. They will offer thorough assistance to ensure your big day runs flawlessly. Couples can contact the venue to discuss available dates and receive information on their wedding packages. The team will strive to give you the day of your dreams at Edinburgh Zoo.

Viewing Appointments

Appointments with our wedding coordinator to view the Mansion House and chat over your wedding plans can be made directly here - https://calendly.com/mansionhouse-edinburghzoo/wedding-appointment

RZSS Membership Offer

Book your wedding with us and receive a year's complimentary RZSS Membership to enjoy following your wedding!

Applicable to new bookings only. RZSS membership applies to Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park. Further information on memberships can be founds at https://www.rzss.org.uk/support-us/rzss-membership/

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Unusual weddings
Stately home
Historic
Landmark
In the city
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Mansion House, Edinburgh Zoo

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23 reviews
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Taylor Sent on 09/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Otterly fabulous

From start to finish the whole experience was without compare. The helpfulness of all the staff was above and beyond from seeing the venue, choosing the food to the actual day. Tailoring the day to our desires and needs never seemed too much of a hassle. Everything was well prepare and they happily assisted us put our final personal touches. The day was organised and ran smoothly leaving us relaxed and able to enjoy our time. The food was great and everyone commented that it was the best wedding food they'd had. Our guests loved being able to go round the zoo whilst we had photos taken. This was a fun alternative to normal wedding entertainment.
Overall the venue is beautiful, the staff were incredible, we had the perfect day and it will always hold the most incredible memories for us. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Mansion House, Edinburgh Zoo.
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Jen M. Sent on 12/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Venue

From the beginning to the end, all events staff were great, catering was fantastic with many guests saying how great the food was, the mansion house and grounds were great, could not fault anything, great value for money.
Liam
Liam S. Sent on 10/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Uniquely Amazing

Take an original Georgian era Mansion House, hidden in the heart of one of Scotland's most famous tourist attractions. Add that central location, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's collection of animals, some highly attentive staff and a hugely talented kitchen team and you have an exclusive-use venue which is guaranteed to produce the perfect day for the happy couple. Things we loved: accessible from local, national and international perspectives; parking provision and a hotel less than 100m walk away.. Unique and unusual. A beautiful setting with dozens of photo opportunities. Dedicated rooms for the Bridal party and Groomsmen, with lots of break-out areas and places for catch-ups and conversations. Guests have open access to the Zoo, which gives a great bit of down-time for the Bride and Groom to have photos and relax while their guests are entertained!
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Vcj Sent on 16/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

An amazing day in a beautiful venue

We had the most amazing day. The mansion house is beautiful and everyone had a wonderful experience at the zoo as well.
Our wedding planner was so helpful and easy to communicate with, and really listened to what we wanted.
On the day everyone was so friendly and helpful and did everything they could to make the day go as well as possible and the food was amazing.
We couldn’t be happier with how our day went.
Kelly
Kelly B. Sent on 11/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Most special day ❤️

We had our special day here on the 28th August 2021. It was originally 28th august 2020 but obviously had to be moved due to covid. The staff at the zoo could not of been more helpful and were always on hand to answer any questions I had and ease any worries I had. This despite the hard times they were also facing with so much uncertainty. Our day could not have gone any better. We had the most special day and a big part of that was the zoo and all the staff that helped play a part. From the moment we arrived in the morning everything felt really relaxed and nothing was too much. The whole day was perfect and I couldn’t fault any of the preparations that were made. The venue was beautifully decorated and the staff on the day went above and beyond to help with anything. Even making up a small gluten free buffet for one of our guests in the evening so she could come eat with us all. We went for the package that included everything and it was worth every penny. All of our guests had an amazing time and said how much they loved the whole thing as it was something different. I have to give a special mention to Kimberley, Louise and Nicola who were on hand throughout the whole process especially Kimberley who was on hand on the day. Also a special mention to Katie, Jolanta, sanjit, and Jesse who worked incredibly hard on the day and made everything look so easy. I really do think we picked the most amazing venue and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
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Victoria P. Sent on 07/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing planning and on-the-day coordination from a fabulous team at Mansion House!

The zoo was the perfect venue for us and I'm sure for lots of couples, there were so many great things that it's hard to put it all into one review!

The ceremony room is beautiful, the location was perfect for us, as it is such an easy venue for guests to park at or get public transport to and from. We loved the fact that we could both get ready in rooms within the venue itself - couples can easily avoid each other if they wanted to but we loved the option to spend some time together in the morning whilst also having plenty of space to get ready. The room for "the boys" is a really special library, and "the girls" have a lovely bright room which is ideal for hair and make-up: getting ready to the sounds of monkeys in the early morning was pretty special!

The venue combined so many of the key elements we were looking for - a traditional venue (with a twist!). We had guests with accessibility requirements which the venue worked with us to accommodate with ease. The option for our guests to explore the zoo during the reception and whilst we had our photos taken meant that everyone was kept well entertained in what can otherwise be a "slower" time.

The Mansion House events team were so accommodating and helpful in the lead up to and on the day itself - we can only thank them for all of their support, kindness, and flexibility which helped everything go smoothly on the day. The staff were consistently professional and personable, and we received lots of compliments on the food as well!

A massive thank you to everyone who helped make our day so special.
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Deborah H. Sent on 30/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic wedding venue

We had a really great wedding at Mansion House. It was the perfect venue for us, for both the ceremony and reception, lovely rooms to get ready in, and much of the organisation and all the food included in the price. The communication was great in the run up to the wedding, with all questions answered quickly, and on the day the staff were really friendly, polite and knew exactly where me and the groom were supposed to be when, which was really helpful! Lots of our guests commented on how great the food was, and the 9pm bacon rolls were a big hit. Would definitely recommend Mansion House as a lovely place to get married.
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Lisa B. Sent on 27/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic venue

A beautiful venue with a variety of packages to suit all budgets and wedding sizes. Our wedding coordinator (Kimberley) was fantastic. She made all the planning and organizing in the lead up to our wedding straightforward and exciting. She was always on hand to help with any questions/changes we had, nothing was ever a problem and communication was excellent throughout.

On the day itself, the venue looked beautiful and all the catering staff were so friendly and helpful from start to finish. Their professionalism, warmth and efficiency was impressive. We had some guests with mobility issues and others with special dietary requirements and all were catered to throughout the whole day/evening with ease. The meal we had was delicious and all our guests as well as us (the happy couple) thoroughly enjoyed the day. Would highly recommend Edinburgh Zoo/Mansion house to anyone looking for a wedding venue.
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Stephanie K. Sent on 01/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The Most Perfect Day!

We can't thank the staff at The Mansion House at Edinburgh Zoo enough.

From start to finish the day was perfect and everything went according to plan. Talking about planning, Kimberley was amazing and was always on hand before the big day to chat about what we wanted from food to timings. There wasn't anything that couldn't be done.

We got lucky with the weather on our day so managed to get lots of gorgeous photos of the grounds and even if it were raining there was still lots of amazing photo opportunities inside the venue - particularly the main ceremony room - which was stunning!

If you are thinking about having a wedding at the venue, go ahead and book as you won't be disappointed!
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Marielle H. Sent on 26/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Experience

My husband and I had an incredible experience at Mansion House. Everyone was amazing, it was incredibly beautiful, and food was delicious.
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Laura Sent on 24/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic from start to finish

Kimberley was a pleasure to work with. She was always kind and understanding. We had to rearrange our wedding twice, due to covid, and Kimberley made this a much easier process. We are grateful to have picked such a brilliant venue to work with through a turbulent time.
The zoo was an incredible venue. Everything was seamless and we couldn’t have been happier with the day. All of our guests commented on the kind staff and the stunning building (mansion house) .
Thank you for a wonderful day.
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Lukas Sent on 22/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Lukasz and Marcin wedding 25.09.21

The most amazing place for private and intimate weddings. We had the best day from start to finish. We loved absolutely everything about our venue. Highly recommended!
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Ellie Sent on 24/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible wedding

We got married at Edinburgh Zoo in July 2021, after having to postpone our wedding due to the pandemic. The events coordinators were so accommodating and helped us find a new date as well as signposting suppliers when we lost a couple due to having to move the wedding. We had the most incredible wedding day, and the staff went above and beyond to make sure everything ran smoothly. The Mansion House is a hidden gem within the zoo itself and is beautifully decorated. All of our guests commented about what an amazing setting it was for a wedding and enjoyed being able to explore the zoo whilst we were having photos taken. If you’re looking for an unusual wedding venue that’s good value for money and will give you a unique experience, definitely check out Edinburgh Zoo.
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Ailsa D. Sent on 22/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Day

Had the best day and what I had dreamed of and more. I did not think of getting married here until I started looking at unique venues. We had great communication throughout our planning process and due to Covid had to rearrange date a full year and they did this without any trouble and was very easy.
Was a good day and very well organised, it ran very smoothly and the band that we chose enjoyed the venue too . All in all a fantastic experience and would highly recommend. Many thanks.
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Kate B. Sent on 22/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Day

We had a wonderful day. We got married in October 2020 and the rules on weddings were constantly changing. The Staff at the Mansion House were very accommodating and made sure our day was very special. We are planning to go back to have our full evening party we hoped to have one day. The venue was beautiful and the staff very attentive on the day. Thank you
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