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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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  • Having been to Colchester Zoo before I was looking forward to my visit. This time I was disappointed, animals not on show or less of them. Staff if food area unorganized and slow. It was just out of.....  more
    Having been to Colchester Zoo before I was looking forward to my visit. This time I was disappointed, animals not on show or less of them. Staff if food area unorganized and slow. It was just out of.....  more »
  • I visited with my wife and enjoyed the meercat experience, it was stunning and Dani the guide keeper was superb, very knowledgable and very pleasant - couldn’t fault anything!! 
    I visited with my wife and enjoyed the meercat experience, it was stunning and Dani the guide keeper was superb, very knowledgable and very pleasant - couldn’t fault anything!!  more »
  • A great zoo with lots of different animals that were easy to see and well kept. A very easy route around the zoo that ensured you were able to get round. Great selection of food and drink outlets. 
    A great zoo with lots of different animals that were easy to see and well kept. A very easy route around the zoo that ensured you were able to get round. Great selection of food and drink outlets.  more »
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  • What a brilliant day out for the whole family! We spent 7 hours here! There really is so much to do, so many animals to see. A few lovely little parks also. Plenty of toilets around. A few different places to stop for food or drinks.
  • An enormous zoo just 40 min outside of London! A great place to spend a day! It’s kid-friendly. Buy tickets in advance. We also tried one of the experiences available - feeding the elephants. It was definitely worth it. You should try one too! There are plenty of restaurants and cafes. The gift shop is big and full of interesting things to buy as a souvenir. The parking lot is enormous and it’s part of your ticket so no worry. There are also free tours available in different section throughout the day - look at the map at the beginning of your journey. Dive in the interactive activities that are free of charge!
  • We had a lovely day out. We got there early and did need the full day (10:30-17:45) We had two children under four and a baby, the toddlers loved it! They are both good happy walkers, so if your child doesn't like walking too much you will need a push chair. Lots of hills, but lots of benches everywhere. All the animals were easy to see and all looked happy and healthy. The train ride was fantastic, a queue to get on however they had two trains running. Well worth it as you then walk through the lemur enclosure. Indoor play area was fantastic, they had timed slots, so book ahead. As it's at the start of the park, either do it first thing or last. If you go in the middle of the day you'll be going backwards and forwards. We didn't know the birds that you can feed stop being fed at 16:00. So make sure you do that before then. Also we found there weren't many toilets, there was a wait each time. All in all a very good day.
  • Absolutely brilliant quality as always. I always love coming back to see how the exhibits are changing. Staff are always friendly and very knowledgeable about the animals they house. Additionally the facilities are all very clean. Honestly a great day out for anyone, from a school class ot whole family, to just a date. Can't wait to go back again
  • An absolutely wonderful zoo. We visited on a cold March day, yet the welcome was very warm. Lovely the way you wander round. The animals have plenty of privacy but you also get great views. The tiger enclosure seemed so natural. The edge of Africa was so well laid out. Highly recommended

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