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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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Never disappoints

We have been platinum card holders for 7 years now. Platinum cards are great value for money. My... read more

Reviewed yesterday
East Anglia
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Amazing day at the zoo

This is the best Zoo we have visited by far, very modern and clean, most animals you can think of... read more

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Northampton, 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 have been platinum card holders for 7 years now. Platinum cards are great value for money. My kids love coming here. We come probably ten times or more a year. Always go a different route when we come. Often see different animals. Perfect for...More

Thank SkifanEastAnglia
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is the best Zoo we have visited by far, very modern and clean, most animals you can think of, were very lucky as most were very active when we went to see them. Well set up and the layout was easy to navigate. So...More

Thank fosterfamily37
Reviewed yesterday

Most of the animals were easy to view. Although there were many signposts I found it slightly confusing to find my way around (think it was because there was so much to visit and see). Coloured line system on the path would have been helpful....More

Thank patriciacD183RA
Reviewed yesterday

A brilliant day out. Free with Tesco vouchers. It took us all day to get round. All six of us from the youngest (4) to the oldest really enjoyed it. Highlights were the tiger feeding and sealion encounter. Plenty of places to eat and get...More

Thank Sally S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited for my daughters first birthday and loved every second. It is easy to access from the A12 and not half as expensive as you think. Buy the tickets online before you visit for a small discount or use Tesco Clubcard vouchers which can further...More

Thank dan_uk_travel
Reviewed yesterday

I visited Colchester about a the week after my sixteeth birthday .On the day I visited queing was not a major problem and the zoo was open until around 9Pm(I do not think that this is a regular occurence throughout the yea).rThe chimp exhibit's indoor...More

Thank mckenziegraye2000
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 days ago

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 3 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 4 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
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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.