Colchester Zoobook tickets and discover top tips

3 things worth shouting about:

  1. It’s a solid choice for animal lovers with over 160 species, from Komodo dragons to giraffes
  2. This Essex hotspot is set in 60 acres of parklands and lakes (and yes, it’s just as picturesque as it sounds)
  3. A load of fun activities (like crafts and train rides) plus indoor and outdoor play areas will keep kids entertained

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What is there to do at Colchester Zoo?

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Hand Feed the Giraffes


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Chimpanzee Lookout

Themed Area

Lost Madagascar Train at Colchester Zoo in motion

Lost Madagascar Road Train


Cheetah at Colchester Zoo

Edge of Africa

Themed Area

Zoo keeper with Sea Lions at Colchester Zoo

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Themed Area

Make the most of your day out

Colchester Zoo tips and tricks


Lianne says

"Book a slot at the soft play"

The soft play is great for kids and it's free but make sure you book a time slot


Beth says

"Make sure you have enough time"

You could easily spend a whole day there with all the play areas and activities!

What to expect at Colchester Zoo

A day at Colchester Zoo is like a trip around the world, minus the jetlag

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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How does it measure up?

Facilites you'll find at Colchester Zoo

  • Vegan Food
  • Picnic Friendly
  • Picnic Spots
  • On-site Café(s)
  • Dine-in Restaurant(s)
  • Food Stall(s)
  • First Aid
  • Wheelchair Hire

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How to get toColchester Zoo

Maldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, Colchester

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Colchester Zoo Opening Times

Mon - Sun From 9:30am (closing times vary)

Please note - all opening times are subject to seasonal changes.

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Colchester Zoo at a glance

Colchester Zoo is an attraction based in South East. It is listed in Zoos and Safari Parks .

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Here are the questions people are asking about Colchester Zoo

How big is Colchester Zoo?

It’s set over 60 acres of parkland (pretty big, we’d say). It’s also home to over 160 species.

What time does Colchester Zoo close?

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.

How far is Colchester Zoo from the train station?

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.

Is there a bus from Colchester train station to Colchester Zoo?

Yep, the 75 bus goes to the zoo regularly.

How much does entry to Colchester Zoo cost?

Prices vary based on the time and date of your visit.

What animals are there at Colchester Zoo?

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.

Is Colchester Zoo accessible?

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.

Is there parking at Colchester Zoo?

Yep, and it’s free. Bonus. There are also disabled spaces close to the entrance.

How long do you need to go around Colchester Zoo?

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.

Can you take food to Colchester Zoo?

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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