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Colchester Zoo

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Key Features

  • Home to over 260 species
  • Fantastic daily encounters
  • Public feeding sessions

Colchester Zoo is home to over 260 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes!

During your visit you will see species from around the world and learn more about them at daily encounters, giving you the chance to see the animals being fed or watch a training session!

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

You can also take part in some fantastic activities with the opportunity to hand feed the elephants and giraffe at daily public feeding sessions! Colchester Zoo also has many undercover areas so you can stay warm and dry on even the wettest of days!

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 Pass which allows you to do just that with unlimited visits for 12 months plus many more amazing benefits!

** Fabzoolous February Savings! **

February is the month of Valentine’s and so we are ‘sharing the love’ offering you a huge saving of up to £4.99 when you buy E-tickets online in advance to visit us between the 1st – 28th February 2019!

The zoo is a fun day out whatever the weather and with E-tickets at just £10.00 for children and £15.00 for adults and seniors it makes a great, affordable day out for everyone to enjoy!

Don’t let the winter weather put a dampener on your visit, we have a number of undercover areas, delicious hot drinks and seasonal food so there’s plenty of places to keep warm. We also have a Duck Under Cover‘ route which you can follow on wet weather days to ensure you don’t miss out and keep as dry as possible!

You can also visit The Interactive Zoo which is located within Colchester Zoo’s Discovery Centre. Stop by and make your own landscape out of sand and watch as rivers and mountains appear with the changing levels you create! With African Savannah & Dinosaur themes you will be able to see some well-known species walking on the land that you’ve created!

As well as this fantastic interactive sand pit you can also create your own creature and watch it come to life on a big screen! Simply choose your animal, colour a funky design and scan it in to see your creation amongst the other animals on screen.

With two themes* including an underwater ocean scene and a prehistoric dinosaur landscape you can create many different designs during your visits.

screen fish

Stop by the Discovery Centre and give it a go! It’s great fun for all ages!

*Please be aware that we cannot guarantee which theme will be available during your visit on either activity.

Simply purchase your E-tickets online in advance for a fabzoolous February day out – limited offer!

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Child’s age: 

Aged 3 – 15 years old


Varies by day, please check the website for the latest pricing.

Opening times:

Open everyday from 9:30am except Christmas Day when the Zoo is closed.
Closing times vary, please check with the Zoo before you visit.

Nearest train station:

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.

Car parking:

There is free car parking at the Zoo.

Details are correct at time of publishing.

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