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Colchester Zoo

Colchester, Essex, England

  • A red panda at Colchester Zoo
  • Two tigers at Colchester Zoo

Attraction Information

  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks icon Zoos and Wildlife Parks
  • Petting Zoos icon Petting Zoos

Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Outdoor, Indoor

Set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes Colchester Zoo is the perfect place to meet some of your favourite animals while surrounded by some beautiful scenery!

Get a hands on experience with over 260 species of animals. Get up close to some elephants and giraffes while feeding them some dinner, at no extra cost! Go underwater and get to know some wonderful sea creatures with a walk through the 24m underwater tunnel at the Playa Patagonia sea lion pool. Or take a ride on the Lost Madagascar Express road train.

At Colchester Zoo you're guaranteed a day packed full of animals and lots of fun!

  • Many daily displays
  • Walk through butterfly glade & a walk through goat enclosure
  • Feed lorikeets
  • Variety of food available on site
  • Two gift shops


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Colchester Zoo's website
01206 331292

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

11th February 2017 to 26th March 2017:

Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 17:00

27th March 2017 to 21st July 2017:

Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 18:00

22nd July 2017 to 3rd September 2017:

Monday to Sunday 09:30 – 18:30

Closed Christmas Day


Prices vary according to season, please check the Colchester Zoo website before your visit. 

Last Entry

1 hour prior to closure

More Information

Eating information

Penguini's Pizza And Pasta restaurant, The Southern Kitchen, Wrap Bar, Hot Dog outlet, Chip n Dip shop, Snack shops and picnic areas all provided.

Pets allowed

No pets allowed


All sets of toilets around the zoo and at the catering outlets have disabled toilet facilities. An adult changing area for those with additional needs is provided at the toilet facilities near the meerkat enclosure.

Gift shop

There are two souvenir shops which sell a huge range of zoo souvenirs, toys, clothes, books, furniture, sweets, posters and gifts.

Baby food facilities

Milk can be warmed in Penguini's and a number of other outlets as well as feeding areas.

Guest suitability

Due to some steep hills at Colchester zoo, it is recommended that anyone with a pushchair, wheelchair, electric scooter, or reduced mobility follows the 'Easier Route'. This has been developed to give the simplest route around the zoo and avoids the steepest of the hills. This is a solid yellow line to follow around the zoo's pathways, which sometimes branches off to a dotted yellow line.

Parking facilities

Parking is free for visitors to Colchester Zoo.


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