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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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Big enough to spend the whole day. But still small enough to be able to see all exhibits Excellent value for money. Definitely suggest a membership card. Only 3 visits and you've covered the cost. All animals are clean and healthy, and enclosures are always being upgraded. Staff are friendly and approachable. A really good place to visit.
  • Thank you so much for an Amazing Orangutan experience!! Waited all my life to get that close to one and the keeper I was with was so lovely. All in all a great zoo with regular animal encounters throughout the day. Loved feeding the giraffes and elephants. We travelled a long way from the north east as this is the only zoo with orang keeper experiences in the UK. Stayed the night before in a Holiday Inn Express nearby. Totally worth it. 👍
  • Awesome place to visit. So much to see but not enough time to go round and as can be very busy. Second trip is needed with better weather next time. I would definitely recommend booking in advance as you may not save much money but the time you save in more worth it.
  • 0 stars on customer service. I bought 2 zoo passes and asked person serving me how long I had to use them and they said " your pass lasts 12 months from the day you redeem them, I said how long to redeem and I was told no time limit, it turns out you only get 3 months to redeem but your not told this and they say it's in your terms and conditions but why would I read them if I have already asked a member of staff selling me the tickets?? So the pass lasts 12 months?? I got them 10 months ago but can't use them??? Seems a bit of a scam, I asked if they could do anything and apparently they can't?? I'm sure you can but seems like this so called family friendly place is just money greedy like most and care not one bit about the people they take the money off, you should be ashamed.
  • Almost as good as I remember from many years ago, but age ruins the magic. Had a lovely day out and the nieces loved it. More animals than you ever believed walked the Earth and good food options. Money well spent!

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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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