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Address: Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 331292
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Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its...

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!

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Good Old Colchester Zoo

We just felt we had to write a review of this zoo, where we've been coming for several years now. We have the two year platinum passes which we've just renewed today. We visit... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We just felt we had to write a review of this zoo, where we've been coming for several years now. We have the two year platinum passes which we've just renewed today. We visit frequently and are never disappointed with our visit. Well done Colchester Zoo for continually going out of your way to improve our experience on many different... More 

Thank jimbob60
Witham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I haven't been to Colchester Zoo for some years, and l was pleasantly surprised today with all the new enclosures and in some places the new layout. Overall l had a good day at the zoo, the only thing that was dis-appointing was the coffee and cake in the main restaurant, they were awful!! The cake l bought was supposed... More 

Thank mowden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had not visited zoo in my life before this. The visit was part of our 3 days visit to Colchester. The experience was really exciting and got chance to see some rare animals. Watching animals feed was a rare treat. On way back a bit lost in a small village but absolutely loved it.

Thank yam g
Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If your visiting North Essex, you must plan a trip to the zoo. The attractions and animals are fantastic. The staff are excellent and the other attractions are reasonably priced.

Thank James M
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The price is a little high but defiantly worth it, the cost of food is also pricey, so if you are taking lots of hungry mouths I would recommend taking your own food. There are pic-nic areas all over, you will always be able to find some where to sit. This has to be the biggest zoo I have ever... More 

Thank Ella M
Rainham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited the zoo for the Halloween Event. It was absolutely fantastic. The park really does excel itself for this event. The animal keepers spend their own time putting the event together and do a great job. Being members of the zoo, we love the park too and look forward to returning again and again.

Thank Tracey R
Gaucin, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I took my eight year old boy last month and we had a great time, I have never been convinced about the ethics of keeping wild animals in captivity but the enclosures were generally clean and of a generous size and there was an obvious conservation message. My son loved it, I still think more can be done supporting conservation,... More 

Thank SierraWalks
Maldon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This zoo is huge and some of the terrain is hilly so not as disabled friendly as it might be but the terrain is great for some animals. Colchester Zoo are constantly upgrading and enlarging the animal pens which makes it number 1 in my book. The welfare of the animals is definitely their number one concern. For children there... More 

Thank Deborah R
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love this zoo.so much to do and see.clean .well worth a visit .we have a gold card,so go often .grandchildren love it

Thank 333lisa1963
Alcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a super time at Colchester Zoo, pity we hadn't had the grandchildren with us they would have loved it too, excuse for another visit sometime! We found it very clean, no smells, everyone was friendly and helpful, plenty of places to eat and drink. Lots of information about all the animals, it really is very interesting and we... More 

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