Essex CO3 0SL
Colchester Zoo in eastern England concentrates on the preservation of endangered species. It has successful breeding programmes and is supported by Action for the Wild, which assists conservation projects worldwide through both financial and technical assistance.
It is home to many rare and vulnerable species, including big cats, primates and birds, with their habitats presented in a number of different themed zones such as Lost Madagascar, Wilds of Asia, Edge of Africa, Playa Patagonia and many others.
Obviously, some of the habitats have to be heated so some animals and birds are housed in large buildings. A few of the habitats are walk-through enclosures where visitors can interact with the inhabitants such as the Australian Rainbow aviary. Inside the building is a waterfall, a large pond and colourful gardens. Visitors are able to journey through an aviary of lorikeets, with the opportunity to feed a treat of nectar to these colourful birds.
Things to See
Visitors will see a wide variety of endangered species and breading pairs including African elephants, zebras, pygmy hippos, apes including gibbons and orangutans, giant tortoises, butterflies, reptiles, sea lions, penguins and fish. The Zoo has over 5,000 inhabitants!
Plan Your Visit
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The Zoo has a daily programme of events and is a full day out so get there as soon as the grounds open.
Open every day except 25 December from 09:30 hours.
Closing times vary according to season.
Last admissions 1 hour before closing.
There are a number of price options available including Zoo Passes for frequent visitors. Children under 3 are admitted free. Payment is by cash and all valid credit and debit cards (except American Express). Details are available, go to Web: Colchester Zoo/ Admission Prices
Due to challenging terrain, registered disabled visitors plus one Carer are admitted at a discount rate. Please follow the “Easier Route” indicated by the yellow line on the floor. Verification of disability status will be required e.g Blue Badge, letter etc. Disabled parking spaces available close to the zoo entrance.
There are lots of different catering outlets spread throughout the grounds, toilet facilities and gift shops.
Colchester Zoo has a good website so pay a visit and plan a great day out.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1206 331 292
is located just south of Colchester
- By Car
Set your Sat Nav for CO3 0SL.
From the main A12 exit onto the A1124 at Junction 26 and follow the brown elephant signs to the Zoo, and using the new Stanway Western Bypass.
There is ample free car parking and cycle racks located close to the zoo entrance. Car parking is free and disabled car parking spaces are available close to the zoo entrance. NB Blue badges must be displayed to use the disabled parking area.
Detailed directions for reaching the Zoo from other areas in eastern England are available on the zoo’s website.
- By Bus
All bus services to Colchester Bus Station regularly connect with the Eastern National 75 for Maldon or Tiptree and Colchester Zoo. On arrival at Colchester Bus Station look for Stand number 9.
- By Rail
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.
- North Station to Colchester Zoo
After alighting from the Train, leave via the exit on platform 4, turn left and walk to the main road at the bottom. On your right are some traffic lights, which you should use to cross to the lay by bus stop on the opposite side of the road. Use service numbers 61, 65, 66, 67, 67A, 78 or 78A and alight in the main bus station (approx 10 minute journey), ask the driver if you are unsure.