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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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Much bigger and better than expected

Colchester Zoo was wonderful. It is so much bigger and better than I expected. The animals are well kept and in large enclosures. Lots of conservation programmes are in progress... read more

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Sheringham, United Kingdom
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Sheringham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Colchester Zoo was wonderful. It is so much bigger and better than I expected. The animals are well kept and in large enclosures. Lots of conservation programmes are in progress. There was so much to see and we stayed the whole day. My favourite was the Africa area with the rhinos, giraffes, zebras, ostriches and antelope plus there were elephants... More 

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Felixstowe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Took the grandchildren here for a day out;they was thoroughly excited & really enjoyed their day out; there is a gift shop & also somewhere to get something to eat and drink,although prices are a bit steep

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Gislingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A great day out here, we all loved wandering around see all these lovely animals. Lots to see and do, we enjoyed feeding the elephants and giraffes and the talks by the keepers were really informative.

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Thank Dave H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The zoo has changed so much over the years and for the better. A very good range of animals in what look like suitable enclosures as well as enough other activities for children to do. Food is plentiful around the zoo although as should be expected slightly expensive but there are picnic areas and your own food is allowed. A... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic well-laid-out zoo with some great animal collections. The location - just outside town - is great, set on a hillside and allowing lots of enclosures, indoor spaces, etc. to be within easy walking distance of each other. It packs in more than its more famous town zoos - like London and Chester - over a compact... More 

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Kessingland, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We got vouchers for Christmas so fortunately it didn't cost a fortune to get it. We went with a two and eleven year old and they loved it. However me and my partner didn't. Was very busy and there is just no space between exhibits you feel so hemmed in its almost claustrophobic. There was no grass other than the... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The last time we came here we brought our kids,this visit was with our granddaughter,if my memory serves me right the zoo has been redesigned.lots of animals to see and also for the young ones, play areas and an indoor soft play. We did'nt take our own food this time but there are many places to buy food and drink... More 

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely grounds, wonderful animals in excellent enclosures. Plenty of places for food. Opportunities to learn about different animals.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the zoo and the gold card is well worth buying. Amazing place to spend 30 minutes or a whole day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Colchester Zoo is a wonderful place that I have been visiting for years with all the family! Whether you're looking for a great day out with something for all the family, some time as just a couple, to entertain the kids or to practice Photography, Colchester Zoo has it all! For kids there are numerous play areas including the indoor... More 

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