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Colchester Zoo, Colchester

4.6
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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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  • Had a brilliant day out with Grand daughter who loves animals. Alot of walking for small child so buggy is needed and came in handy to stand in when filling containers with coloured sand a step up wou...  more »
  • The day begins with breakfast, a briefing then...feed the penguins! Amazing characters. Then a treasure hunt, in your respective teams with various mental agility and observation tests around the site...  more »
  • Myself and my husband visit Colchester Zoo every year and today we visited the Zoo. The zoo is currently having some work being undertaken and when the works have been completed there will be more enc...  more »
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  • Excellent day out. Lots to see, lots of talks and experiences, imaginative enclosures and displays. Plenty of free parking. Lots of benches and seats along the walkways which is useful for a long day on your feet. Lots of refreshment stalls but many seem to be closed in low season, but there was still enough open. Really well worth a visit.
  • Amazing zoo. Fantastic enclosures which allow a really good view of most of the animals. Feels really well maintained. Food is fairly expensive but at least it tastes good to compensate! You get a discount with a gold card (annual pass) which makes the annual ticket fairly good value.
  • Great value for money. Food is really reasonably priced. Animals looked so well cared for. Great family day out with plenty to see and do for all ages. We even got to feed the giraffes
  • I have visited this zoo at least 20 times and always have a great day here. There are always improvements being made to enclosures and layouts etc to make the animals feel more like they would in the wild, so you actually get to see where some of your money is being spent. If you haven't been to this zoo yet then make it one of your visits this year. It's the best zoo I've ever been too
  • I can't begin to explain how good this zoo really is. Me and my wife go to a lot of zoos and this is by far the best one we've been to. Very spacious, lots of stuff for kids to do to keep them happy. Also a very clean zoo. If you want any chance of doing everything they have in one day you really need to get there as soon as they open and be there until they close. Reasonable price for such a good zoo as well. Highly recommended!
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