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Colchester Zoo

Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
+44 1206 331292
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Ranked #1 of 44 Attractions in Colchester
Type: Zoos
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... more » 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! One of the latest new enclosures is '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! And 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! « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I took my wife and nephew out for the day and I was not disappointed at all. There were 100s of animals to see. There were many opportunities to interact or feed animals when safe to do so; for example the lemurs, the goats, a horse and the wallabies were open to members of the public. There was also lots... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We visited in the years above and enjoyed it very much. I went twice having purchased the zoo pass which allows you to revisit anytime you like and jump the queue. I've always been a fan of this zoo because you can feed the giraffes and elephants without paying any extra. Just be sure to get there early because there's... More

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South Ockendon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I visited Colchester Zoo at the weekend with my wife and 2 boys aged 2 and 4. It had been a good few years since I was last here and there has been lots of work done. Many new enclosures etc. It was a good zoo before but it really is superb now and add to this great staff and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Wow what a lovely place to visit. I went especially for the elephants and was amazing to be able to be so close to them an to feed them! All animals look really well cared for and live as naturally as possible. Well priced compared to some other zoos.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Great place to wander, staff are friendly and it's such a privilege to see many of these animals. Food if you've a family to feed can be a little exspensive, but plenty of picnic areas.

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

My wife did the urangatan experience, auwsome as usual, she got really close to the animal and had a wonderful time. The zoo is great really customer friendly, with food and drink outlets all over and more than enough toilets for even the weakest bladders.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We spent literally 6 hours here and enjoyed every minute! Brilliant enclosures and really good displays.. Loved feeding the elephants and giraffes! A massive zoo with a great collection of animals and birds. Would happily go again!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

was cold and wet but still very good to see all the animals in their habitat and the wide varety in the gift shop and availabilty of discounts

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We've been twice so far (after getting an annual pass) and we've not yet seen everything. I think the entry fee is a little high for a one off visit, but the annual passes made us forget that, there's a good variety of animals and a wide variety of activities - beware that it's not possible to do everything in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Wide range of animals, large and small. About the right size so that it is not too crammed but not too much of a walk from one end to the other. There are some very steep hills so buggies and wheelchairs can be a bit of a challenge at times (but everywhere is accessible). The road train is a must... More

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