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Colchester Zoo

#1 of 65 things to do in Colchester Features Animals
Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
+44 1206 331292
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Family visit to the zoo

Haven't been to the zoo for a while so decided to go. My wife and I took two of our grandchildren... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2016
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Great day out

The best zoo I've been to within the UK. Great staff and there are selected times you can feed the... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2016
Sammy D
Essex, United Kingdom
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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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Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
+44 1206 331292
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Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Haven't been to the zoo for a while so decided to go. My wife and I took two of our grandchildren along with another of our sons with wife and toddler to colchester zoo - it was a fantastic day out for the whole of...More

Thank VicandRosie
Reviewed September 13, 2016

The best zoo I've been to within the UK. Great staff and there are selected times you can feed the giraffes and elephants. Perfect day out with family, friends or your other half.

Thank Sammy D
Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

I hadn't been to colchester zoo for many years and decided to go as a birthday treat for my mum. We were amazed at how clean and tidy it looked all over the site. Animals were clearly well looked after and content. We watched the...More

Thank heidigunner
Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

I recently visited Colchester Zoo with my daughter, grandsons and some friends with there children. I must admit how impressed I was as it had been a few years since my last visit.All I can say is that it is a fantastic place and really...More

Thank Jo g
Reviewed September 13, 2016

Spent about 7 hours here , wandering around the different enclosures and riding the train. Whereto begin !! The enclosures are so much more in tune with the natural habitat of the individual animals now and the animals are very clean and well fed and...More

Thank Gnna1
Reviewed September 13, 2016

This Zoo just keeps getting better and better. The carpark is huge so no worry about parking. There's even room to picnic by your car if you choose - but with so many great areas in the zoo I'm sure thisd would be a last...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

I'm a gold card holder for this zoo so I go quite regularly. As far as conservation goes you'll struggle to find much better. The layout is good and the encounters are frequent and varied. Great day out and highly recommended by me!

Thank ShelDye
Reviewed September 13, 2016

Fantastic day and contributes significantly to conservation. Well managed and a great experience. Would thoroughly recommend.

Thank Glyn D
Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

I went to the zoo on a day out after hearing that it was a good zoo from friends. Really lovely day out but I would recommend bringing your own food as the food is overpriced and of really poor quality. However overall a really...More

Thank Webbstar1990
Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

The zoo was lovely, lots of animals all cared for and loads of interesting facts. Free train ride in the zoo (about a 20 minute wait) but it was free. Even as an able bodied young woman, I struggled with the hills and steps in...More

Thank Nikki M
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August 17, 2017|
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Response from martin h | Reviewed this property |
I think they are near the wolf area but can't be 100% sure.
August 3, 2017|
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Response from Lyn W | Reviewed this property |
My three year old GD loved it. Lots to see and plenty of play areas too. Both my husband and I are unable to walk far..69 and 75 years old. There are so many memorial benches and picnic benches about to sit on. We worked... More
Lyndsay M
May 26, 2017|
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Response from ColZoo | Property representative |
Hi Lyndsay, Only Registered Assistance Dogs are allowed into the Zoo grounds. You can find out more about bringing your assistance dog on the Colchester Zoo website or by calling 01206 331292 ext 227,228,230