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Colchester Zoo

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About

During your visit to Colchester Zoo, you will see many species from around the world and can learn more about them at our fantastic daily encounters, giving you the chance to see our animals being fed, watch a training session or perhaps just quiz their keepers!

As you navigate your way around Colchester Zoo you’ll visit many different habitats, from the humid home of our Komodo Dragons to our very own Africa plain, Kingdom of the Wild, home to white rhino, giraffes, ostrich, zebra and kudu.

You can also take part in some fantastic activities with the opportunity to hand feed our elephants and giraffes at daily public feeding sessions, and walk through our 24m tunnel as sealions swim overhead.

We also have many fantastic undercover areas, so you can stay warm and dry on even the wettest of days with our ‘Bad Weather’ map. Stop by the Orangutan Forest and see if you can hang for as long as an orangutan, feed our rainbow lorikeets in their tropical walkthrough aviary, Australian Rainbows. PLUS you can also walkthrough Butterfly Glade, home to a number of tropical plants and butterflies, or Worlds Apart, the perfect place to warm up on a chilly day!

With so much to see and do, including a full calendar of events you may find you want to return throughout the year, Colchester Zoo’s Gold Pass allows you to do just that with unlimited visits for 12 months.

For more information visit www.colchesterzoo.org and follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Guide Prices

Book tickets online via the Colchester Zoo website to receive a discount on entry prices.

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.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Cash Point
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Pushchairs available

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Telephone (public)

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Colchester

Road Directions

How to get here by Car:Colchester Zoo is located just south of Colchester. Take the A1124 exit (Junction 26) off the main A12 following the brown elephant signs and using the new Stanway Western Bypass.From the M25: About 40 minutes from Junction 28 of the M25 to reach the A12From Southend: About 1 hour’s journey, 40 miles using A127 and A130 to reach the A12From Hertfordshire: About 1 hour’s journey – 50 miles using A414 or A120 to reach the A12From Stansted Airport: About 50 mins journey, 30 miles using A120 to reach the A12.Train:Colchester Main Train Station can be reached from Liverpool Street services from London within in an hour or is easily reached along the Lowestoft or Norwich networks to Ipswich and then on to Colchester. Colchester Zoo is just 10 minutes by taxi or can be reached by bus.Bus:All bus services to Colchester Bus Station regularly connect with the number 75 for Maldon or Tiptree and Colchester Zoo. Please click here to view details of the number 75 bus timetable on the FirstGroup website.Accessible by Public Transport: Colchester North station is 4 miles away.

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Colchester Zoo

Type:Zoo

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

Tel: 01206 331292

Fax: 01206 331392

Awards

  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS Gold VistEngland VAQAS Gold 2018

Opening Times

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