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Suitable for: Fun for all ages!
The soft play is great for kids and it's free but make sure you book a time slot
You could easily spend a whole day there with all the play areas and activities!
You’ll find all the big guys from the animal kingdom here. It’s split up into different areas, with enclosures emulating different habitats from across the globe.
There’s Kingdom of the Wild, a savannah environment for a range of African species like giraffes, zebra and rhino (don’t worry, these lot usually mix in the wild). If it’s big cats you’re after, lions, tigers, cheetahs and leopards all have their respective homes here too. And no prizes for guessing who you’ll see at Otter Creek.
Looking for something less furry? There’s a whole host of reptiles, underwater creatures and feathery friends to discover too.
You won’t be short of stuff to do on your visit either. Ride the Lost Madagascar Road Train, hand feed the goats and sheep, get crafty at Crazy Sand and then blow off some steam in one of the zoo’s play areas.
Need to refuel? You’ve got a couple of restaurant options and a handful of cafes to choose from. Or bring a trusty picnic, there’s plenty of spots to enjoy it.
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Maldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, ColchesterGet Directions
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Mon - Sun From 9:30am (closing times vary)
Please note - all opening times are subject to seasonal changes.
Colchester Zoo is an attraction based in South East. It is listed in Zoos and Safari Parks .Quick Links: View Photos Read Tips Terms & Conditions
It’s set over 60 acres of parkland (pretty big, we’d say). It’s also home to over 160 species.
The closing time varies throughout the year. During the peak season (that’s the summer), it’s around 6-7pm and 4-5pm in off-peak season. Checking the official website before your visit is always a good idea.
If you’re planning on travelling by train, bear in mind that the closest railway station, Colchester Town, is around 4.5 miles away. By car, it takes approximately 10-15 minutes, or you can hop on the 75 bus which goes to the zoo regularly.
Yep, the 75 bus goes to the zoo regularly.
Prices vary based on the time and date of your visit.
You’ll find animals from across the world at Colchester Zoo, from parakeets to rhinos. Our favourites are the lions, tigers, elephants and penguins – to name just a few.
Yep, the zoo is designed to be fully accessible. There is a network of accessible paths, ramps and walkways, and wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available for hire. There are also designated parking spaces close to the entrance. You can purchase a free carer’s ticket for those who require assistance, just be sure to bring proof. Other facilities include changing facilities, disabled toilets and an induction loop system in the main reception.
Yep, and it’s free. Bonus. There are also disabled spaces close to the entrance.
It varies based on how long you choose to spend at each exhibit and activity – most people spend around 2-4 hours exploring. There’s no time limit though, so take your time. Look out for guided tours, animal talks and feeding sessions too, they’re not to be missed.
Yes, you’re welcome to bring a picnic and there are several picnic areas available (first-come, first-served). Don’t worry though, there are several choices if you don’t fancy packing the sarnies, from Penguini’s Restaurant, Meerkat Hangout, Gourmet Sausage or The Waterhole.
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