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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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Zoo day while down near Clacton

It was a very well laid out zoo, well kept with very helpful staff. What did smart a little was the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mark B
Bradwell, United Kingdom
Granddaughters birthday

Brilliant place! Fed giraffes,birds and an elephant. Place is so big but very enjoyable.Would go... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Croydon, 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 yesterday

It was a very well laid out zoo, well kept with very helpful staff. What did smart a little was the entry price which was over £70 for two adults and two young children! I know they do a lot of conservation work there but...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed yesterday

Brilliant place! Fed giraffes,birds and an elephant. Place is so big but very enjoyable.Would go again if I could - lot of walking!

Thank 504167Christine_B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Worth every penny yes it is the same price as some of the bigger zoos safari parks and you do need to spend the day there to get money value. top tip this time of year take a picnic as the food outlets are not...More

Thank sarahfB5449DM
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fantastic day out - so interactive. We really enjoyed every minute. Feeding the elephants was so amazing!

Thank Victoria R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a fantastic place this really set out well and lots of activity and close up viewing. Little train and play park. Kept us busy for a good 6 hours. We are going back on one of the late night visits. Go now

Thank Coomberman
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband bought be a Perfect Partner Elephant Experience for my birthday. This was amazing. It included a meal in Penguinis which was very good. The food was hot and tasty and the service was very good. We were in a private room and were...More

Thank sjfox
Reviewed 1 week ago

I live 5 minutes from the Zoo and my family have all held gold cards for many years, the Zoo itself just gets better and better it is a great place to visit for a quick walk and a coffee or for a full day...More

Thank Tim W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun, Educational, Conservational - You cant really knock Colchester Zoo. The majority of enclosures are of a good size, and they seem to be creating new spaces for the animals all the time. Good range of different animals and will keep you entertained all day....More

Thank Jalexscott
Reviewed 1 week ago

The first time we've ever been here and gosh it was fantastic. The animals were lovely, and we managed to get quite near a lot of them. We were even able to feed an elephant and a giraffe that was a great experience and free....More

Thank 57daisies
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It wasn't the biggest zoo ever but it was very nice and the price was justifiable. With we are slow walkers and spent a good 3 or 4 hours in there so their is much to see. The food is very nice and generously portioned...More

Thank getv1
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17 August 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.
3 August 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
26 May 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