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Colchester Zoo

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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 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 include a walk through enclosure with butterflies and another with Rainbow Lorikeets offering visitors a chance to feed them a treat of nectar. Plus there's '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! 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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Awesome at Halloween

Colchester zoo is great all year round. But my favourite time by far is it's fright week during Halloween. The place comes alive, the effort the staff put in to make it a truly... read more

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Colchester zoo is great all year round. But my favourite time by far is it's fright week during Halloween. The place comes alive, the effort the staff put in to make it a truly fun and memorable Halloween is outstanding. Best time to go is in the evening, that's when the scariest events happen, plus you get a chance to... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely enormous zoo and definitely the best thing to do in Colchester - make sure you get there first thing in the morning because you will need all day! Also take food if you can because the options there are a bit naff.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My son missed his first school trip to the Zoo this week due to having Chicken Pox so I promised to take him as soon as his better. I rang this morning just explaining that my boy was really sad he couldn't go and would they please leave a toy for him from Santa. Obviously I paid for it and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Best zoo I have ever been too lovely friendly staff and animals really well looked after enclosures are brilliant

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ColZoo, Public Relations Manager at Colchester Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Colchester Zoo following your recent visit. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that both the staff and the animals you were able to see made the day even better for you! We would also like to thank you for your support, all funds from your visit not... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visit at least once a week and are rarely disappointed. Great selection of animals and a true sense of scale.

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ColZoo, Public Relations Manager at Colchester Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Colchester Zoo following your recent visit. We are delighted to hear that you found there was lots to do during your visit and that you you were able to enjoy seeing the many species we have here at Colchester Zoo! We would also like to thank you for your support, all funds... More 

Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A good day out with the kids but they let so many people in so it isn't that great sometimes as so many people are around you on a summers day. Overall, a good day out for the family.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was one of the best days I have had, the experience was brilliant and the guide was amazing and informative! The animals we got close up to were beautiful and stunning, the keepers were lovely and willing to answer all questions for us! We will definitely be booking this again with other (very jealous) family members! 😊

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Thank Chelsea H
ColZoo, Public Relations Manager at Colchester Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Colchester Zoo following your recent visit. We always like to make people aware of the dedicated care which our keepers provide and we are pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your experience with us! We’re also pleased to hear that our experience staff and keepers helped to give you... More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We haven't been to Colchester Zoo for a while. We used to go often when our children were younger and we all had Gold Cards. This week we helped out with friends children for a day out and so there were three generations on the outing. We used Tesco Clubcard vouchers and we were there before opening time and there... More 

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ColZoo, Public Relations Manager at Colchester Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Colchester Zoo following your recent visit. We are delighted to hear that you found there was lots to do during your visit and that you you were able to enjoy many of our most popular activites including feeding our animals and taking a ride on the train! We would also like to... More 

Newmarket, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved our visit here so much last year so looking forward to going again next weekend. Such a great day out

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ColZoo, Public Relations Manager at Colchester Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Colchester Zoo following your recent visit. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that you will be visiting us again so soon! We would also like to thank you for your support, all funds from your visit not only go towards funding the zoo and its future development... More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had tesco vouchers so me and my boyfriend got in for free, but even if I paid the £16.50 (I think that's the price per adult) each I still think it was brilliant! I been to Colchester zoo a few times (years ago) they seem to of done a lot of work to the zoo, there is soo much... More 

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ColZoo, Public Relations Manager at Colchester Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Colchester Zoo following your recent visit. We are delighted to hear that you found there was lots to do during your visit and that you enjoyed visiting during our quieter time of year! We would also like to thank you for your support, all funds from your visit not only go towards... More 

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