We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Colchester Zoo

Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
+44 1206 331292
Website
Improve this listing
94%
Ranked #1 of 32 Attractions in Colchester
Owner description: Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 270 species...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 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 brand new 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 for 2014 include 'Bears of the Rising Sun', a state of the art enclosure which houses two beautiful sun bears , Jo Jo and Srey Ya and 'Australian Rainbows', a new tropical walkthrough which houses a large group of lorikeets offering visitors a chance to feed them a treat of nectar. 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!

Hotels near Colchester Zoo

Write a Review

1,442 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,036
    326
    58
    13
    9
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Santa's grotto was excellent and very pleasing it was all very well organized. An unhurried Santa paid full attention to my grand children. Well done Santa. The zoo and all the facilities were first rate and compare very well to some larger zoos that l have visited over the years. It was extremely busy but l never felt that it... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

I hadn't been to Colchester zoo in 30 years so it seemed like a good time to take our two year old! Much has changed, for the better as well! The animals are in bigger enclosures, the viewing spaces are much more accessible and there's loads to see. Food was also surprisingly good, particularly in the patisserie near the meerkats.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

I have Gold Cards for Colchester Zoo for myself & 2 children, costing a total of £117, so when Santas Grotto opened we decided to go, i'd heard that children with gold cards get a present too so off we went. The queue was unbelievable the first time we went so went again today later in the afternoon & strolled... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Colchester zoo is fantastic. It's great value for money, there's lots to see and do. A wide variety of places to eat from picnic areas to fast food and table service restaurants overlooking the wild bird arena. The zoo is constantly changing, we normally go every 2 months and there is always a new attraction to keep you entertained. What's... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wickham Market
Top Contributor
200 reviews 200 reviews
71 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Our grand-daughter treated her grandparents to a day at the Zoo as a Christmas present! We arrived in good time for morning coffee, then went for a look round. We didn't go to thr pantomime (Gd is only one!), but had a good time looking at the different animals. There were lots of improvements in hand in different areas, and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Colchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

A good day out with loads to see and do.The gold card is very good value for money.There are plenty of parking spaces and lots of picnic areas. There is a large walking area to be covered, that's when the gold card comes in useful as you needn't do everything in one day.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We visit regularly having gold passes but have just met Santa with the grandchildren and it was brilliant. Thanks to the elves for keeping the young ones entertained while waiting and the displays kept the occupied in the queue.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

My husband and I love Colchester Zoo. It's such a fun day out, we grab a picnic and spend hours roaming around looking at all the beautiful animals. Not to mention the amazing animal feeds where you can actually hand feed and elephant and giraffes! Take your family for a fun filled day, there's so much to see and do.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This zoo is really worth a visit. So many different animals to see and get really close to. Lots of activities and information everywhere and different ways of getting close to the animals like the under water tunnel with the sea lions. Plenty of places to have a break on way round too. We stayed here for the whole day... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This zoo is fantastic; the range of animals is amazing. Myself (aged 13), my brother (Jack, 14) and my sister (Ella, 10) all loved it. The staff are very friendly and informative, with the keepers obviously enjoying looking after the animals. We saw the otters being fed and the keeper was happy to answer questions too. There were plenty opportunities... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Colchester Zoo also viewed

 
Southend-on-Sea, Essex
 

Been to Colchester Zoo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Colchester Zoo staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?