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Tropical Wings Zoo, Chelmsford

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Converted from a greenhouse to a butterfly house in 1999, Tropical Wings Zoo is also home to reptiles, meerkats and wallabies. Enjoy the sensation of butterflies landing on you and seize the opportunity to photograph one. Feed the fish and laugh at the antics of the parrots. You will not require a whole day to explore, so stop in at the cafe, shop, and let the children enjoy the play areas, with Mr. Macawber’s Fun House and Monkey Run for older children and the Meer Kat Lookout for toddlers. Walking outdoors can be tricky when muddy. Get there by bus, train, car, or bike. Parking is free. Plan your Tropical Wings Zoo visit and explore what else you can see and do in Chelmsford using our Chelmsford trip itinerary builder website .
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  • First visit here with 8 year old granddaughter and was so impressed. Warm welcome from staff at reception and started by visiting the butterflies in tropical area. So impressed, wonderful selection of...  more »
  • Good value for money Not too big. Nice size. Good for getting out for a few hours. My favourite animals were the otters and the meerkats.  more »
  • I think the place is great and the kids love it. The butterfly enclosure is amazing and the main attraction for the visit. It is roughly a 2 hour visit including seeing a couple of shows on the timeta...  more »
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  • Love bringing my son here. The butterfly house is amazing and it is a great day out. The cafe serves a good cup of tea, but shame you have to leave to get in there (but you can go back in through the entrance if you want to walk around the zoo again). There's also a soft play area for the kids, which is great.
  • Manageable well maintained zoo with mostly small but plenty of interesting animals. Lots of useful information signs everywhere. Quite a few kids activities throughout the zoo. Friendly staff. Cafe is near the entrance, so bear in mind if you plan a break.
  • Had a fun day there ;) The butterfly sanctuary is truly MAGICAL. I even got to pet a kangaroo, a goat and a pig 😂 There are plenty of parking spaces, so that is not an issue. Staff members are polite and friendly, the area is quite clean. There is a hot-dog and ice cream stand, in case you didn't bring food with you, prices are quite reasonable. I enjoyed the experience!
  • I had such an amazing time here. The staff are brilliant and the talks we watched were very informative. The tropical area was great...I really enjoyed having the butterflies flying around and feeding the koi. It was also really interesting to see the bananas growing. We ate at Cafe and the food was lovely I really enjoyed being able to brush and feed the goats. Can't wait to visit with my children
  • Great for a small zoo just enough to keep the kids interested plenty to see and do the shows are brilliant and informative quite a few eating areas spaces throughout so you can take a picnic or buy refreshments on site loads of car parking space and the entrance queues move quickly. Could have done with more generalised seating on the routes over all makes for a fun day out reasonably priced

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