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Address: Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 331292
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Description: 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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Great day out

I have a platinum zoo pass (2 year) which regularly gets used! I've been taking my little boy since he was aprox a yet old and he loves it. It's a brilliant day out with lots of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

I have a platinum zoo pass (2 year) which regularly gets used! I've been taking my little boy since he was aprox a yet old and he loves it. It's a brilliant day out with lots of places to eat (pack lunches welcome) and parks to play in on the way round. The zoo have also recently re-done their soft... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Had a lovely visit to the zoo today with my friends and children, unfortunately when we visited the penguin feed the young lady giving the talk was very rude to my friend when her daughter started crying!!!!! I think there are ways to speak to people in more courteous manner. Maybe she should go on a customers care course and... More 

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I have not been to this zoo since 2007, but since my last visit the enclosures have only improved and the zoo itself has expanded to accommodate the needs of the animals. It is expensive to get in (£20.00 for an adult), but as far as I am concerned it is reflected within the good living conditions that the animals... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Lots of animals to see. It wasn't too crowded for a half term holiday either. We had a great day out and enjoyed watching the sun bears in their new enclosure. We didn't spend much time sitting down with so much to see, and our 5 year old didn't get bored at all during the whole visit, and only wanted... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

the best zoo in UK we have been to, try go at least once a year, takes all day to get round, and to watch the shows, loads animals including elephant feeding and giraffe feeding kids love it, several play areas for smaller children, food is OK, over price like any zoo, good take food with you areas to eat... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Such a good day out! My family were able to feed both giraffes and elephants which was definitely a treat! I was thoroughly let down on the food they had to offer as it was expensive for what it was (lack of variety).. I would suggest taking a picnic.

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Wickford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

What more can i say really. we have been countless times as a couple and it's always been great. Very good price too still! Make sure if you love zoos, you visit here, you wont be disappointed My one tip I've found out is visit not in the summer but rainier season times, the park is literally empty and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I have been a season card holder for years and have not had a bad day out. Continually being updated with new enclosures and animals, staff are always happy to help. A must vist in this area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Myself and my mum and daughter have gold passes for the zoo, we spend many Saturday's there and no two visits are really the same. I'd probably say the only downside is that the food is soooo expensive, and there's not many low carb options! But we love it

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Love the Zoo and all the work that goes into caring for the animals. Lots to see and also playgrounds for the kids. I am a gold card member and it is very good value. They always seem to be making new enclosures for the animals which is brilliant.

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