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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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Fantastic Zoo

Visited yesterday for the first time and it was fantastic, almost all the animals were out or could... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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A wonderful experience

My husband and I visited with our 9 year daughter and we had an amazing day. The Zoo was not what I... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Bath, 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 2 days ago via mobile

Visited yesterday for the first time and it was fantastic, almost all the animals were out or could be seen. Been able to feed the elephants and giraffes were a massive hit for all of us. It's very clean and so many toilets, picnic tables...More

Thank ralph10
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I visited with our 9 year daughter and we had an amazing day. The Zoo was not what I was expecting. Walking into the Rain Forest we were greeted with Sloths climbing above our heads so awesome. All the animals are so...More

Thank darstives
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a great zoo to visit. It's huge and easily takes up the day walking around to see everything!

Thank Lolacheese1
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We absolutely love going to the Zoo every year and I would recommend this to anyone. We pretty much spend the whole day there and our son loves the place too.

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We live locally and I am ashamed to say it has bn so long since I've been here Decided to go for Fathers Day, used Tesco vouchers as it is quite expensive to get in. There is a separate ticket hut for Tesco, no trouble...More

Thank Littletk
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have always visited this zoo from a young age and i feel that even as i grow older it still never fails to provide a good day out, there's a huge variety of animals and areas in which they are situated. The prices are...More

Thank Sophie K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Colchester zoo is undoubtedly one of the best zoo's I have visited! They have so many different talks and experiences with the animals and such a wide variety of animals to see. It's a brilliant zoo and you can tell the animals are well looked...More

Thank Karaannej
Reviewed 3 days ago

Took my husband to Colchester zoo as I'd had good visits many times with my children, but was devasted when we discovered it seemed to be more of a huge snack bar place and no longer a zoo!, really disappointed, will never return.

Thank poppyliz6262
Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I took our 2 year old Granddaughter to the zoo for the day and the visit was a bit like the 'Curates Egg' - good in parts.Despite it being a Monday and ticket prices being discounted because demand was low, the viewing...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited here yesterday without the kids....what a fantastic day my wife and I had.....absolutely loved this zoo....feeding the elephants and giraffes must be the absolute highlight of the day....can't believe you can actually touch these magnificent animals.....great viewing points for all animals including the tigers,lions...More

Thank Fraser C
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4 August 2017|
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Response from Lyn W | Reviewed this property |
My three year old GD loved it. Lots to see and plenty of play areas too. Both my husband and I are unable to walk far..69 and 75 years old. There are so many memorial benches and picnic benches about to sit on. We worked... More
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.