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Colchester Zoo

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Address: Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
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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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Great day out with the kids

Had a great day out with the kids before Christmas. There is so much to see there so make sure you are up for walking. The animals enclosures look well maintained and clean.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a great day out with the kids before Christmas. There is so much to see there so make sure you are up for walking. The animals enclosures look well maintained and clean.

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Thank Amy D
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have enjoyed every visit. There special evening are wonderful such as there Halloween nights and Christmas light shows.

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Thank Gay S
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Every time we visit my grandchildren take me on a different route, I think I have seen everything but each they prove that I haven't. so much to see

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Thank lindysibley
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Colchester Zoo is a great day out for all the family. I go there very often and save loads with a Platinum card. There is Soft play for the kids and its a great way to catch up with friends. Santa's Grotto is by far the best in the area at Christmas too.

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Thank Ben1177
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A well organised and pleasant place for adults and children. Buy an annual pass and it is good value for families not too far away. Children are well catered for.

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

We've visited Colchester Zoo many times over many years and we actively show our support for the zoo because they are obviously progressive in that improvements are constant and they genuinely seem to care about animals and the environment over profit. A nice place. A zoo that makes you feel enlightened rather than sad. Great learning facilities for kids and... More 

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

Especially good for parents who are not particularly 'animal' people but don't want to shirk their responsibilities. There is plenty for the children to see and do, plus pre-booking hands on activities - so they can do and you can just watch! My son applied for work in over 40 zoos but it wasnt easy to find an opening; however... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Probably the best Zoo in this part of the country. If you live close enough to visit more than a single time. Getting the kids gold cards is well worth it and makes a great day out affordable if not cheap over the year.

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Braintree, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As a birthday treat, my wife booked me a surprise keeper shadowing experience at Colchester Zoo. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I would highly recommend it to any animal lovers out there! Mine was with Rajang the Orangutan and was a magical half hour or so. Hannah the keeper was a brilliant host and... More 

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

A great zoo. Loads to see and do. The Halloween nights are absolutely amazing here and I really recommend them for anyone, even people who are used to the pro haunts. The effects and set up are as good as any we have been to. It is a brilliant zoo and well worth getting the yearly pass if you live... More 

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