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Colchester Zoo

Address: Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 331292
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Ranked #1 of 30 Activities in Colchester
Owner description: Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 270 species...
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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!

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Whilst it's exceptionally hilly the zoo is fantastic. They try really hard to look after the animals really well and support a lot of activity in the wild. You also get the very strong impression that they run the zoo for animals rather than profit - it's almost as if the profit is incidental to the animals rather than the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Living very close to Colchester zoo, I have visited more times than I would care to say and simply love my visit every time. Colchester zoo is constantly developing and evolving, I don't think I have ever been when they haven't had some new development since my last visit. I have heard people hiss at the front gate at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Best zoo I've ever been to. Really enjoyed the animals were well looked after and looked happy. There are opportunities to feed some of the animals (I feed a elephant one of the best experiences of my life) the park is large so I'd recommend making a full day of it. There were a few food outlets plenty of toilet... More 

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I and my family visited the zoo a few months ago , there are a lot of animals to see and opportunities to feed them . There are also animals to stroke and walk among which is good for children . There are also cafes and picnic areas available , and shops to buy souvenirs ,this is a good day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

I went to the zoo recently an thoroughly enjoyed myself my colleagues went to the zoo and thought that there is so much to see and do, informative keepers, feeding displays and it's always very well kept and nice to see that the animals have got plenty of room. Some of the cafes and shops may have been a little... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I have a gold pass and visit on a regular basis. There always seems to be something new and development is on going without inconvenience or any unsightly barriers etc. One of the best zoo's in Europe according to TripAdvisor and myself. A very large zoo with an extensive array of different species of animals. The grounds are well laid... More 

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Colchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Very well kept enclosures, made to look and feel like the animals are in their own environment, I have a yearly pass so can go as often as I like, I can take my Grandson just for a couple of hours some times he spends most of the time in the parks and indoor adventure play areas which are very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

If you like the concept of a zoo then this is the place for you, you can feed the animals and get a real sense of their natural habitats Not too expensive if you choose to eat there but loads of places for picnics (and plenty if toilets available)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Colchester Zoo is absolutely lovely! The animals and scenery are great. It is a big place so wear comfy shoes. And the shops and cafes are expensive so you may want to bring a picnic. We had a great day and there are lots of places to sit to eat and to just look at the animals (of which there... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We came here for a day out with our 7 year old. We've been several times and love the place. There is so much to see and do, informative keepers, feeding displays and it's always very well kept and nice to see that the animals have got plenty of room. Personally I really enjoy the Ant island and could sit... More 

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