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Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo

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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Zoo, £10.50-£18.99

VAQAS, The Sustainable Tourism Award, ESSEX TOURISM AWARDS FINALIST 2010.

Address

Maldon Road,
Stanway,
Colchester,
Essex,
CO3 0SL

Events at this Venue

Details

With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit, with a number of new species in the collection to discover including our biggest new arrivals of two sun bears! With a number of adventure play areas including one indoor soft play area, road trains and a number of daily displays and feeds there is plenty for the whole family to get involved in during your visit!
There are all sorts of modern, award winning enclosures including Worlds Apart a walkthrough enclosure where you can see iguanas, marmosets, tamarins or come face to face with rare tamanduas and sloths! Don't miss "Playa Patagonia" with its 24 metre tunnel under the water for visitors to view sea lions swimming above their heads or Spirit of Africa, the Elephant Kingdom and "Kingdom of the Wild" where you can see Zebras, Ostriches, White Rhinos, and Giraffes - just like being on safari!

You can even get closer to the animals with daily displays including meet the keeper sessions, free flying bird displays, and the amazing opportunity to feed the Elephants or Giraffes yourself!

For further details see www.colchester-zoo.com

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsPushchairs availableRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Welcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Facilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

Open every day except Christmas Day from 9.30am.
Closing times vary according to season - please check website for further details.

Prices

Main Rate 2012
- Adults £16.99
- Child (3 - 14) £10.50
- Senior (over 60) £14.50
- Disabled £8.50
- Carer £8.50

Peak Rate 2012
- Adults £17.99
- Child (3-14) £11.50
- Senior (over 60) £15.50
- Disabled £8.99
- Carer £8.99

Please note that prices vary according to season and is best to check the Colchester Zoo website for up to date prices prior to your visit.

Directions

See location of Colchester Zoo on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TL 953221  Lat: 51.86328 Long: 0.83501

By Road:
From the centre of Colchester take the B1022, Maldon Road and follow the brown elephant signs.

By public transport:
Take bus 75 from Colchester Bus Station. This bus service runs every hour.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Colchester North station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
    • Yesis gravel
    • Yesis grass
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

Notes

  • Colchester Zoo does have some steep hills. For this reason it offers a reduced rate for the disabled. An Easier Route is in place which it is recommended should be used by wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility.

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