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Colchester Zoo, Colchester

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The colorful, friendly world of Colchester Zoo has been home to a wide number of animals since its foundation in 1963, and has grown to become a 24 hectares (60 acres) complex housing more than 250 species. The zoo has different themed sections, including an area dedicated to elephants, African animals like hyenas and rhinos, Patagonian sea lions, and orangutans. See Colchester Zoo and all Colchester has to offer by arranging your trip with our Colchester trip planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    This Zoo is amazing! It's massive to walk around and there is plenty to do and see and even in the peak of summer holidays it's still bearable with the amount of people who attend. Had such a lovely d...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    A really good, friendly, well designed zoo with lots of good ideas, eg. presenting the rats in a kitchen! We visited on a busy summer day. After 3pm it seemed all the visitors have gone, and the keepe...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    I picked this place specifically because they said we could feed the giraffes, and my sister loves giraffes, so I knew we had to go there :P They had a nice variety of animals, looked like they were w...  more »
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  • Colchester Zoo surprises me on each visit. This week we experienced the young baby White Rhino which was born at the zoo in February this year. Due to the design of the paddock we were able to see the calf and mother very close up, what a beautiful experience. The zoo is a great day out for families and offers many events throughout the year. Very popular year round so best to plan your visit and take a look at their web site to see what is on when you visit. Concentrate on your favourites or try to take it all in. There is now quite a few food outlets. To keep the cost of your visit take a picnic there are many places to sit and picnic. My favourites are the birds of prey displays which are held in an arena that allows you to be part of the display where the birds will fly very close. The Tiger (Taiga) enclosure also has an excellent view point that allows you to look into the enclosure and get great views of these majestic animals. Check out all of the displays and activities at the start of the day, the encounter table is published on the Colchester Zoo website. The train is a good way to see a lot of the animals and it turns into a Ghost Train at Halloween. There is so much to see and do at Colchester Zoo I have held a season ticket for many years and still enjoy every minute I spent there.
  • I volunteered for my little one's school as an escort for his class. The place is awesome. All the animals looked well taken care of. There were plenty to keep children and adults busy. In addition, there are plenty of playgrounds, eat areas, rest areas, toilets, informational signs was appropriately posted. And Staffs were readily on hand to assist. I would definitely recommend this place for family or just people who are fascinated by animals.
  • With a wide array of animals in well sized enclosures there is a reason this is one of Essex's top zoos. One of the reasons I enjoyed this place is there is an open area where you can pet and feed goats. Also throughout the day there are opportunities in pretty much every enclosure to get up close and see the animals. In which a keeper comes and encourages the animals out and uses the opportunity to educate. Very well looked after animals with very dedicated staff who seem to enjoy their jobs, would definitely go again.
  • Colchester zoo has been my favourite zoo for many years now. I've watched it expand and improve. I have always been impressed with the staff's knowledge about the animals and the care that is taken to ensure each animal is healthy, enriched and stimulated. It does get very busy at times so I generally prefer to go on a weekday. We have invested in Gold cards so that we can visit as and when we like. There is so much to see and always new things happening. The special events E.G. Halloween, Christmas and late night feeds are excellent!
  • I LOVE THIS PLACE! Got me and the rest of the family gold cards, we have been there at least 2x a month. Its nice just to go for a little stroll or a full on walk around. Boys love the train. I am a big fun of the nature bit after the tigers its just so beautiful. The feed nectar to the lorikeets is really nice and kids love going in there. The patisserie is a great place to look at the bird show.

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Where to stay in Colchester

A short train ride from London, Colchester is a university and working town. Hotels in the town center are near the main attractions, but for less expensive lodging consider a room near the university campus, which is situated in a tree-filled parkland.
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