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Colchester Zoo Tickets

Walk among hundreds of rare animals, reptiles and insects at the Colchester Zoo

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Colchester Zoo FAQs

Located on 24 hectares (60 acres) of parks and lakes in the UK, Colchester Zoo is home to more than 200 unique species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and more.

From the savannahs of Africa to the rainforests of Australia, you'll come in contact with hundreds of critters throughout the facility.

There are many ways to make sure you spend a full day at the Colchester Zoo.

By car

  • Take the A1124 exit (Junction 26) off the main A12. Follow the brown elephant signs until you get to the new Stanway Western Bypass. Car parking is free and disabled parking spaces are available near the entrance

By public transport

  • From London, take transport from Liverpool Street to Colchester Main Train Station. Or, take the Lowestoft or Norwich networks to Ipswich and then on to Colchester
  • From the Colchester Main Train Station, take the bus (line 75 for Maldon or Tiptree) to the Colchester Zoo

You can bring outside food and drinks into the Colchester Zoo. However, there are plenty of places to dine inside the facility.

Near almost every exhibit, you can find something to appease your roaring appetite – ice cream, snacks, sausages, and even fish and chips are available to purchase.

Colchester Zoo also offers a pre-packaged picnic program – simply pre-order before the day of your visit, pick it up, and enjoy at any number of picnic areas located throughout the park.

Tickets overview

  • Enjoy interactive experiences, such as feeding sessions and close encounters with smaller animals at the zoo

  • Learn about conservation efforts thanks to Colchester Zoo's educational programming. Attend informative talks and educational programs throughout the day

  • Your whole family will love the activities program – get your face painted, ride on the Lost Madagascar Road train, play in the outdoor areas, and more!

Are you ready for a day of fun and education at the Colchester Zoo? Book your ticket and get ready to explore your surroundings, and learn about animals from all over the world.

With your Colchester Zoo tickets, you'll see:

  • Komodo dragons
  • White rhinos
  • Giraffes
  • Ostriches
  • Zebras
  • Bears
  • Lions and other big cats
  • Elephants and more!

General information

  • You can park in the zoo's parking area for free
  • Bicycles, scooters, children's cars, skateboards, and rollerblades are not allowed inside the zoo
  • There's a bike rack in the parking area for locking your bicycle
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by a full-paying adult
  • The zoo offers free WiFi access throughout the park – ask staff for the current password

Accessibility information

  • You may book a wheelchair or scooter for use. Please complete this form and book 24 hours in advance
  • Most of the zoo is wheelchair accessible but please be advised the terrain is hilly
  • You may use your own electric scooter, but due to steep hills you assume full responsibility for correct use
  • Except for guide and assistance dogs, no other dogs are allowed anywhere on the zoo site
  • Leaving dogs in cars is not permitted, and those found doing so will be refused entry

Colchester Zoo reviews

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3 reviews
Ionut,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
09 Jan 2024
Was a great experience and was a pleasure to go around to see all the animals
Colchester Zoo: Skip The Line
Nancy,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
28 Sep 2023
Excellent zoo and we were able to rent a disability scooter for my sister who is visiting from America and had injured herself whilst here. The animals were amazing. Very difficult to find our way...
Excellent zoo and we were able to rent a disability scooter for my sister who is visiting from America and had injured herself whilst here. The animals were amazing. Very difficult to find our way out and they could paint the green and red arrows which are becoming hard to see.
Colchester Zoo: Skip The Line
Emeka ,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
25 Feb 2024
excellent place to go to, w
Colchester Zoo: Skip The Line

About: Colchester Zoo

Name an animal, any animal. Chances are they call Colchester Zoo home! The roster of rare species inside Colchester Zoo just keeps on going.

You'll find orangutans and chimps, lions and tigers, hippos and rhinos, and giraffes and zebras. There's marsupials and monkeys, birds and reptiles, and even insects.

Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 09:30 - 16:30
Sunday 09:30 - 16:30
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Colchester Zoo
Maldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, CO3 0SL, Colchester
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