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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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  • Always a great day out. the Zoo is always updating the areas and improving animal environments. Eating areas are very good. Coffee is good. Price is high now. We usually use tesco vouchers or year lon...  more »
  • Great day out with Family and Lots to do and see. Feeding the Giraffes & Elephants was highlight of the day for all. Only shame was food outlets seemed to be struggling with amount of visitors (15 min...  more »
  • As much as me and my family love going to the zoo, we go often, we were left very disappointed after our last visit last week as me and my parter came away with food poisoning! We both had chicken str...  more »
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  • This is a great place. The animals here are treated with respect, unlike London Zoo where they are tested on among other things, and the location this zoo is based in is itself lovely. Just off the border of Colchester where big open fields start making an appearance, the zoo has plenty of space to house a very big variety of animals. Once inside the zoo, it doesn't even feel like you're in England anymore. We arrived at the zoo at around 11am and spent literally all the time we could in the zoo until closing time which was around 6pm just walking about and enjoying ourselves. We didn't even keep track of time that much and we managed to see pretty much everything in that one day. The zoo does have a number of stores available to buy food and drinks from, all scattered around so nothing is too far from each other. The staff seemed pretty friendly and welcoming and we saw some enter the animal dens, feeding the animals and cleaning the dens. They didn't seem like they were doing any harm to them whatsoever because none of the animals were aggressive towards them as they entered. They just casually gathered around and waited for their food. It was a really great time in there. I could write on for another half an hour and not be finished :D TL;DR - I highly recommend going here if you're looking for a day out either by yourself, with a special someone or with your family. There's plenty to see and you can even feed a few of the animals yourself! It's even better on a hot day ;)
  • The zoo has a good number of different species. The animals looked healthy and cared for. The zoo is easy to get to and well sign posted. Once inside you are supplied with a map plus you have signs all over and lines to follow on the floor. Their are many eateries inside so lots of opportunities to sit and have a bite to eat. They have multiple encounters throughout the day to see animals being fed etc. I've been to better zoos but it was still pretty good and a nice day was had.
  • It was an amazing day out with my 5 year old daughter. We loved the animals, especially the giraffes, the lions and the rhinos. And the Easter bunny hunt was quite fun! We got annual passes for all of us as it's more value for your money and we are more likely to visit more than 2 times a year. We can't wait to go back again!
  • Loved this zoo as did the little ones...I would've obviously liked to see more space for the animals but can see why that is an issue, there's only a limited amount of space available. The kids loved the petting zoo bit where they got to feed the goats and pat an enormous horse. Plenty of toilets available and food for sale. Great place, thought it was a bit expensive when I bought the tickets online but saved 15% doing so and was worth the 20 rubs...
  • Great if you're going by car not so much fun if you use the bus to get there.. Walking into the zoo via the drawn yellow safety line on the right hand side can be slightly hazardous sometimes, and if you are disabled and wheelchair user it can be even more hazardous.. It is very uneven so is covered in puddles as its literally on the road, drivers have to drive very close to you, and you get so Soaked.. Also, it narrows a couple of times in different places which makes it impossible to navigate it safely in a wheelchair.. I should imagine that pushchair users have a similar problem if they have another young child holding the side.. The zoo itself is GREAT.. Very good for whole day out, loads of eating places and toilets.. Very well looked after and lots to see and do.. Its actually better value than a gym pass for the year.. A few hills.. But there is an easier section for people not able to walk too much.. Still good value if you get a yearly pass and use it several times..
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