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Colchester Zoo, Colchester

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#1 of 512 in Things to do in Essex
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
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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  • Love this place, we used to have a zoo pass but now our daughter is older we only visit once a yr !! The best zoo by far in the country. Easy to get round and great views of the animals. Lots of impro...  more »
  • We know it's expensive to run a zoo, but I took my two grandchildren and daughter for the day and it cost me over £70 just to get in!! The animals are well kept as they can be in captivity. But won't ...  more »
  • been loads of times such a great day out . not over priced and looking at the animals is very relaxing  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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