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Colchester Zoo

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Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
+44 1206 331292
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Brilliant Day and Outstanding Service

I initially booked a perfect partners day which comes with : -entrance for the whole day for 2 -a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Gerrard M
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Amazing zoo

Great range of animals! A lot of interaction with the animals! You get to feed some of the animals... read more

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Ana F
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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I initially booked a perfect partners day which comes with : -entrance for the whole day for 2 -a chosen experience(elephant experience) -2 course meal with a 2 glasses of prossecco - and a surprise of flowers afterwards ;) All for £250! not to mention,...More

Thank Gerrard M
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great range of animals! A lot of interaction with the animals! You get to feed some of the animals at certain times! The staff are really helpful and offer explanations about the animals! There’s also a free train ride! Lots of places to stop and...More

1  Thank Ana F
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Without a doubt the best Zoo. Beats London Zoo by miles. Lots of animals. Lots of interactions with shows etc. Good food outlets that are reasonably priced. Lots to do including adventure park for kids and an indoor soft play area for the smaller ones....More

Thank Craig T
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Massive zoo, many animals, we visited on a Monday and was crazy busy. You need day to look at everything properly. the African lion section was under refurbishment when we went but there's another rear path to see the lions. I would recommend Australian Rainbows...More

Thank Seth P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Having bought a gold card so visit as many times as I like in a year After 2 visits it’s paid for itself and with a 2 year old you can’t see the whole zoo in a day so we get to see different places...More

2  Thank Wayne C
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Have been a few times in the past and recently as a date day with hubby. staff always friendly and welcoming. very clean, and most importantly animals are clearly very cared for. my only criticism would be they need to keep the food that you...More

Thank emma v
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was our first visit to the zoo and we went on mass as a family of five. 2 x 35 year olds, 4, 3 & a very determined to walk 10 month old. Arrival was straight forward. Plenty of parking and fortunately not too...More

Thank exiledgeordie4432
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Easy to find and park. Small enough to get around easily in a day. Lots of other activities for children.

Thank 856jonathane
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I visited this zoo with my disabled husband and eldest granddaughter, we hired a mobility scooter for my husband, there are parts of the zoo which are quite steep but generally, if you follow the yellow line, it is easy to get around. Some of...More

Thank Pam L
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited this attraction recently to remind myself of the importance of preserving endangered species. What a great collection of animals we don't see naturally. I don't necessary agree with caged animals, but the majority of those seen weren't and roamed around in spacious compounds where...More

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terrysibson
10 June 2018|
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Response from smithie63 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is scooters and wheelchairs scooters are £15 to hire and £50 returnable depiost i think you have to book them 24hrs before you visit hope this helps
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janicebarnett
5 June 2018|
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Response from ColZoo | Property representative |
Hello Janice Yes we do offer Keeper for the day experiences, we have three amazing hands on experiences to choose from, please visit the Experiences page on our website for more information Many Thanks Colchester Zoo
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