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Colchester Zoo

#1 of 65 things to do in Colchester Features Animals
Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
+44 1206 331292
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Great family day out

We live in Colchester and have therefore visited the zoo many times, we had however not been in a... read more

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What a great Zoo for all the family.

Visited yesterday with the family...9 of us ranging from 76 to 3 years old. We were so impressed... read more

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Lyn W
London, United Kingdom
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Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. As you walk around the zoo there's plenty of play areas to try out including the indoor soft play area Jungle Tumble with a section for under 3s and all new play equipment where the kids can release their wild side! New enclosures include a walk through enclosure with butterflies and another with Rainbow Lorikeets offering visitors a chance to feed them a treat of nectar. Plus there's 'Bears of the Rising Sun', a state of the art enclosure which houses two beautiful sun bears , Jo Jo and Srey Ya. You can also come face to face with Komodo Dragons, see white rhino, giraffes, ostrich and kudu roaming together at Kingdom of the Wild and walk underwater through the 24m tunnel at the Playa Patagonia sealion pool. Learn more about the animals and see them up close by watching one of the 50 daily displays. You even get the fantastic opportunity to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself and take a ride on the 'Lost Madagascar Express' road train! Don't forget to pop into the discovery centre and have a go at handling some unusual bugs or get your face painted and transform yourself into your favourite animal!
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Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
+44 1206 331292
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We live in Colchester and have therefore visited the zoo many times, we had however not been in a couple of years. I can say that the zoo has drastically improved which made it an even more enjoyable day out than before! We all enjoyed...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Visited yesterday with the family...9 of us ranging from 76 to 3 years old. We were so impressed with this Zoo. Beautifully landscaped with plenty of seats around for us oldies. We thought the animal enclosures were good...so different from the cages we remembered from...More

Thank Lyn W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I already had high expectations of Colchester Zoo, I'd been so excited for weeks and had been looking at photos and videos etc, but it exceeded my expectations completely! It was fantastic! I couldn't believe how interactive this zoo was! We got to feed the...More

Thank MeganC C
Reviewed 3 days ago

came here on a wet day but there is so much to see so the weather did not put us off and animals all seem really happy as were the staff !! looks like a great zoo so keep up the good work

Thank garykay2017
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Colchester zoo is a great zoo if you don't mind seeing animals behind bars! The animals generally look well cared for. There is an excellent outdoor area for elephants, rhino etc. There are some steep slopes around the zoo which might cause an issue for...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great fun and the indoor play area is really good so much to do and the staff are friendly and helpful all the way can't argue ... Worth a look

Thank Ryan B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Colchester zoo is amazing and if you are staying in or around Colchester you have to go. I went as a child and now as a grown up and it has changed so much. i would recommend a whole day for this if you are...More

Thank jshone96
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have visited Colchester zoo on many occasions and each time i go i am amazed at the place! The constant changes to ensure the enclosures are as real-life as possible for the animals and the many encounters you can take part in (the Giraffe...More

Thank nic35R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Quite expensive, very hilly and not brilliantly laid out. Id hate to take a family with kids on a day out here! Was £22 each just for adults. If you got disabilities this is very hilly probably not the most disabled friendly zoo. Lot of...More

Thank Martin S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

132miles to get here and what a fantastic zoo it is. Recommend it to anybody. It is hilly but we're lucky and it was fine for us as walkers. They have 'yellow lined' the best route for wheelchair users, just be aware that it's still...More

Thank Rachel H
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Lyndsay M
27 May 2017|
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Response from ColZoo | Property representative |
Hi Lyndsay, Only Registered Assistance Dogs are allowed into the Zoo grounds. You can find out more about bringing your assistance dog on the Colchester Zoo website or by calling 01206 331292 ext 227,228,230
17 May 2017|
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Response from ColZoo | Property representative |
Hi Ruben, Colchester Zoo has a large free car park for visitors and the zoo can then be accessed on foot.
10 April 2017|
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Response from ColZoo | Property representative |
Colchester Zoo offers visitors the chance to hand feed our elephants and giraffes during daily public feeding sessions which take place at various times through out the day, free of charge.