Colchester Zoo, Colchester
Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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. Arrange to visit Colchester Zoo and other attractions in Colchester using our Colchester travel itinerary planner.
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Visited on a Sunday- busy but it's so big and varied that you never feel like it's packed. The first thing you notice regardless of what animal you're seeing is just how clean everything is - enclosur... read more »
We struggle to find a better Zoo. We're lucky to live close enough to be able to take advantage of their Gold Card scheme. There is so much to see and do at Colchester Zoo that it takes a good few day... read more »
Visited the zoo today and while had heard good things, was so much more impressed. This was the first visit to a zoo for my son (age 1) who also had a great time. The facilities were fantastic and ver... read more »
If you are local to Colchester do yourself a favour and buy yourself a Gold card... better yet a platinum card and get unlimited entry to this fantastic Zoo. If your visiting, with or without children this is a great place to spend the day. The animals have good enclosures and are well looked after, staff are happy and helpful. You'll find facilities, restaurants and entertainment for everyone. I don't really approve of keeping any animal in a cage but in this world it's really the only way to save many species. I only wish all Zoo's were as good as Colchester Zoo.
Great place to go with the family, we have gold passes which are well worth the money as once you've been twice in a year (and you will) they've paid for themselves, even if you only go on weekends when the weather is nice its a terrific place, great fun for kids too as they learn about different animals and conservation efforts in a fun environment. The staff who carry donation pots are pleasant and don't hound people who aren't donating either, our little boy loves putting a few pennies in each time. - Tip - If your little one wants to put pennies in the spinning donation containers to watch them as they roll around and out of site remember to carry lots of coppers or you'll need a new mortgage - There are dozens of those donation boxes :)
What a superb zoo. We love it here and have returned on many occasions now. A proper zoo that focuses on conservation and not just getting visitors through the doors. It really is aimed at a child's perspective as well. Low viewing spots to see the animals, Perspex rather than cages everywhere and loads to do. Well worth the entrance money!
Jon De Keyser
Wide variety of animals but the layout of the zoo is confusing and detracts from the overall experience. Some of the enclosures could probably do with a bit of a revamp (penguins and sealions) but the Savannah enclosure with elephants, giraffes and zebras is wonderful! The food options are also pretty awful despite there being plenty of choice.
Really well maintained and clean zoo. A must see amongst zoo's. Enough to see for a full day out. Nice scenery, even a small lake in there. A lot of interactive numbers. You can feed goats, chickens, a horse, even the elephants and giraffes. Probably one of the best zoo.
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