MONSTER sized family fun roars into Edinburgh today with Lauriston Castle grounds transformed into Jurassic Kingdom - home to more than 30 life size animatronic dinosaurs.
The huge stars of the show, including an 18m high T-rex and a 16m long Diplodocus.
BUY TICKETS: Tickets are from £11.50 for adults, £10.50 concessions, £9.50 for children, and £38 for a family ticket, available from www.jurassickingdom.uk.
Entry is free for children aged two and under.
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These life-like prehistoric creatures roar, snarl, snap their jaws. move their eyes and sway their tails as they are robotically brought back to life using state-of-the-art electronic wizardry,
The jaw-dropping technology transports visitors back in time 65 million years to see the magnificent beasts up close and personal - some fighting, others entertainingly trying to smash their way out of cages, while baby dinos hatch from the biggest eggs you will see this Easter.
Jurassic Kingdom runs over the holiday break - daily from today, Good Friday, March 30 to April 15, 2018.
All the popular dinosaurs and more are on show, from the Triceratops to flying reptiles like pterosaurs, with plenty of new information making it an educational and fun day out.
Full scale models have been built by experts in China and the UK tour, which sold out when it arrived in Glasgow last year, is being run by multi-media experts Weli Creative.
Visitors in Edinburgh can now encounter the creatures as they explore a dinosaur trail through the castle grounds, discovering epic full-sized dinosaur replicas from Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods.
Younger dinosaur fans can also try their hand at digging for bones in an excavation area before learning, in an educational marquee, about how dinosaurs lived.
There are food and drink stands, an official merchandise area for keepsakes and plenty of photo opportunities or, as promoters like to call them, Spinosaurus selfies.
But despite the big roars, it is very much a family-friendly exhibition for audiences of all ages, families were assured today by Naz Kabir, event director at Weli Creative.
He said: "People of all ages will love it.
“It’s a fantastic, interactive exhibition with lifelike dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, roaring and moving as our visitors approach them.
“These awe-inspiring dinosaurs give people the chance to experience the sheer size and scale of the fascinating creatures by getting up close and personal with them.
“We basically transport people back in time more than 65 million years. It's fun and educational.
"So as well as experiencing the thrill of being in the midst of these impressive and incredibly lifelike creatures, visitors can also learn about how the dinosaurs lived, millions of years ago and get some truly unforgettable photos along the way.
“There’s been a great buzz of excitement about this coming to Edinburgh since we announced it, so we can’t wait to welcome families to experience the excitement for themselves."
The walking tour lasts around an hour - depending on how fast you can run, laughed Naz.
He said: “I think almost everyone loves dinosaurs, you just have to look at everything from kids’ books to Hollywood films to see how popular they are.
"While we may never be able to bring any back to life, we can do the next best thing. That’s what JurassicKingdom is all about – fun, adventure, excitement and education.
“The tour was a huge success in Glasgow last year with visitors loving the chance to get up close to creatures that have been extinct for millions of years. We are delighted to bring the dinosaurs back to Scotland and to another fantastic setting, which really adds to the overall experience.”
Internationally renowned, multi award-winning palaeontologist, Dean Lomax has advised on the exhibition, provided input into each of the dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptile models.
He said: “What we’ve been able to do is add the very latest information on the interpretation boards with regards to these particular dinosaurs based on recent research and statistics.
"That means when families come to visit, children can enjoy learning something new and exciting based on the latest research around these magnificent creatures from the past."
* Jurassic Kingdom, at Edinburgh's Lauriston Castle, is daily, March 30 to April 15, 2018, from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm. Full details and tickets at www.jurassickingdom.uk.