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Colchester Zoo

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Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
+44 1206 331292
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A nice day out

Even tho that l had a nice day out here, l found paying £22.99 a lot of money to get in here. On... read more

Reviewed yesterday
mowden
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Witham, United Kingdom
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Fun Fun Fun

We love the Zoo, so many animals to see, there are shows where you actually learn about the... read more

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Katie-Anne K
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Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. As you walk around the zoo there's plenty of play areas to try out including the indoor soft play area Jungle Tumble with a section for under 3s and all new play equipment where the kids can release their wild side! New enclosures include a walk through enclosure with butterflies and another with Rainbow Lorikeets offering visitors a chance to feed them a treat of nectar. Plus there's 'Bears of the Rising Sun', a state of the art enclosure which houses two beautiful sun bears , Jo Jo and Srey Ya. You can also come face to face with Komodo Dragons, see white rhino, giraffes, ostrich and kudu roaming together at Kingdom of the Wild and walk underwater through the 24m tunnel at the Playa Patagonia sealion pool. Learn more about the animals and see them up close by watching one of the 50 daily displays. You even get the fantastic opportunity to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself and take a ride on the 'Lost Madagascar Express' road train! Don't forget to pop into the discovery centre and have a go at handling some unusual bugs or get your face painted and transform yourself into your favourite animal!
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“train ride” (99 reviews)
“gold card” (184 reviews)
“feeding times” (113 reviews)
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Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
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+44 1206 331292
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Even tho that l had a nice day out here, l found paying £22.99 a lot of money to get in here. On site you find plenty to eat and drink.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We love the Zoo, so many animals to see, there are shows where you actually learn about the specific animals. The food court is yummy and fair priced. Plenty for children to do too!! The walk around the zoo is lovely non rushed and have...More

Thank Katie-Anne K
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We came here last year and loved it. I’ve been coming since a kid and always loved the place. So much to do and see. The animals look so looked after and the me, that is what matters most. The staff clearly enjoy their job...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Love colchester zoo especially using the Tesco vouchers which brings the cost down. There is so much to do in one day. Love the train ride ! Lots of talks and shows throughout the day.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Me and my Girlfriend arrived here at 12:30. We had paid and printed our e-tickets so we were able to go straight to the front where we got in straight away. First stop was one of the many cafes on the premises which had the...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the zoo today with our two boys, it's a fantastic day out for the family, it's nice and clean you can tell the animals are cared for and looked after. Lots to see from giraffes,rhinos to Komodo dragons and lemurs, there are a...More

Thank JIMOFMFC
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My mum and I visited yesterday and what a beautiful day it was. All the animals were in lovely enclosures. Well looked after, the grounds were beautiful and lots of improvements have been made since my last visit a few years ago. Price is a...More

Thank Louise T
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Reviewed 6 days ago

What a fantastic experience, shadowing the keeper of the beautiful Orangutans at Colchester Zoo. Lucas, the head keeper was excellent- informative, welcoming and clearly absolutely devoted to the animals. I have loved Orangutans all my life and this was a wonderful experience that I would...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went here as a large family group and had an amazing time. The zoo is well set out with a good guide for ease of accessibility with buggy’s/wheel chairs. Lots of lovely animals to see and some fab talks/ encounters with them. The highlight...More

Thank Mathew G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved this zoo! Best one I’ve been to so far, you can get up close and personal with the animals!

Thank TheresaMorri07
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Altea88
29 June 2018|
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Response from LMO1968 | Reviewed this property |
I would ensure that you get there for the time stated on your e-ticket as the zoo gets really busy at weekends and it's meant to be a scorcher of a day on Saturday so pack sun cream and lots of cool drinks!
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terrysibson
11 June 2018|
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Response from smithie63 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is scooters and wheelchairs scooters are £15 to hire and £50 returnable depiost i think you have to book them 24hrs before you visit hope this helps
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