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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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Good zoo in Colchester

Like most zoos, it was a bit expensive to visit but there is enough to see to fill a whole day... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2016
Vancouver, Canada
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Fantatsic zoo, shame the food let's it down

Three generations of our family went for a day out at Colchester zoo, we had a brilliant day as the... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2016
Andrew L
Watford, England, 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 27 October 2016 via mobile

Like most zoos, it was a bit expensive to visit but there is enough to see to fill a whole day. Generally, the animals seemed well cared for and there was a good selection to see.

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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Three generations of our family went for a day out at Colchester zoo, we had a brilliant day as the zoo is well laid out, albeit a bit hilly for the grandparents. The kids enjoyed feeding the elephants and giraffes, whilst also getting a chance...More

Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We had not visited the zoo for some 20 years and must congratulate the staff and owners on all the hard work they have done since our last visit. My granddaughter liked feeding both the Eliphant and giraffe. It is well worth a visit so...More

Thank BigdSuffolk
Reviewed 26 October 2016

we went to colchester zoo just yesterday it was massive and one of the best ive visited in England we even fed a giraffe, you could spend hours and hours in there its that vast, we also liked the sealife section where you could go...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

This zoo is fantastic. There are so many animals to look around at. The animals are well looked after by the people that work there. There is so much to do and look at you need all day there. A bit pricy to get in...More

Thank 1965wendy
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Visited last week with my Mum, my wife and my two year old niece. We had a brilliant day, it wasn't too busy and we got round to see all the animals. Food outlets and toilets were very clean and welcoming and I would highly...More

1  Thank Goodisonkev
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Took my mother along as we stayed over night in Colchester. Could not fault a thing at the zoo and the staff were all very enthusiastic and friendly

Thank 1967barney
Reviewed 25 October 2016

At the end of a weekend in Colchester we visited Colchester Zoo with our two kids. What a fantastic end to the weekend! This zoo must be one of the best! The zoo is well laid out and has really good landscaping. You don't see...More

Thank Droesje
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Over the last 15 years I have visited Colchester Zoo on many many occasions. Having moved to Scotland a few years ago my family & I had not been in a while so we decided on a recent trip "South" to see if the place...More

1  Thank ak2327
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely visit with my 2 nieces. Admission prices are quite steep but comparable to a number of other places. Very hilly to walk for 2 small children but they enjoyed themselves. Food was quite tasty in the pizza and pasta cafe. Staff were...More

Thank NostromoLondon
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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.